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Round-up of the best April Fool jokes

Yes, it is April 1st – so how did the legal IT industry respond? Er, nothing from the UK – but that may be because everyone is distracted by the upcoming 4-day Easter holiday weekend. Swerdlove in Australia announced a free consultancy offer – but we couldn't work out if that was a joke or a genuine offer. And then there was the US… Clio announced their new biodegradeable, user friendly interface, unlimited battery power ClioPad – aka a spiral-bound notebook. OK, but no cigar. And, then there was Clearwell with its video showing its new e-discovery application for the Apple iPad – brilliant.

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April Fools Day is a day celebrated in various countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors, or sending them on a fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, such as the UK, Australia, South Africa and parts of Canada, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an April Fool. Elsewhere, such as in France, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Brazil, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Many writers suggest that the restoration of January 1 as New Year's Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.
In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the “Nun's Priest's Tale” is set Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two. Chaucer probably meant 32 days after March, i.e. May 2, the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia, which took place in 1381. However, readers apparently misunderstood this line to mean “March 32,” i.e. April 1. In Chaucer's tale, the vain cock Chauntecler is tricked by a fox.

“In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the “Nun's Priest's Tale” is set Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two.”
As a traditionalist I hate text speak. Perhaps now I should accept that the language moves on, m8s.
(although WTF that post was about I have no idea)

So was “welcome to legal technology times – currently this site is under construction and will be launched in the 1st april 2010” just an elaborate april fool from the jezmeister or did Lexis pull the plug?

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