The contest, Free Stuff, was itself an April Fool’s joke. There really is no book.
Actually, the previous sentence is yet another April Fool’s joke, as there actually is a contest. But only one person put “Stupid Contest” in quotes, so he wins.
Just kidding (boy, I’m on a roll). The actual winner was John Maleckar who will be receiving a congratulatory email very soon. No, this one’s for real.
The most common response to how many books you own was zero. Many of the people who reported owning zero or one also included an apology. To be clear, I didn’t write any of those books. I did do a technical review on a couple of them, but that doesn’t make them my books. If you were to buy one of those books by following the link, I would get some money. It’s actually better for me if you don’t own any, because you have greater capacity to buy. The person who owned the most owned four. I had as many clicks in the last 10 days as I had all last month, but half the sales. And none of the sales I’ve had this month are books. I don’t really know how that whole thing works.
Here’s what some of you had to say:
April Fools joke that involves Excel: Keeping millions of Excel VBA programmers hanging for year after year regarding the future of their chosen development platform.
My favorite April Fool’s joke for Excel was to have the “blue screen of death” appear when my victim selected a certain cell.
It was harder than I initially intended, as you cannot take a screenshot of that screen for future use. Using a digital camera was equally horrible, so I had to go into Paint Shop Pro and painstakingly create a picture that was close enough to fool most computer mortals.
All in all, well worth the time.
My favorite April Fool’s joke concerning Excel is this : I have a co-worker who’s life revolves around one particular Spreadsheet. He must be in it at least 6 hours a day. While he was away from his desk (mother nature calls everyone from time to time) he didn’t log out, so I took a screenshot of this open Spreadsheet, then made it his new desktop background image. It provided about 5 minutes of amusement watching him get mad at his “damn locked up Spreadsheet”. Even funnier when he re-booted and still didn’t get it when the computer somehow “booted up with this Spreadsheet mysteriously launched all by itself (and still locked up… damn it)”.
As for my favorite prank, is to hide all rows and columns on a worksheet, switch off scroll bars and sheet tabs, and then send the sheet to a co-worker, telling them that it contains all the info they need. I must have gotten this from someone else, but I can’t remember who it was.
This one must be funny only in Canada.
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This one reminds me of screwing with the AutoComplete, which is always funny.
Not an Excel trick, and not original, but still damn funny. In The Office (American version), Jim writes “just a simple macro” so that every time Dwight types his name it turns into “diapers.”
In other news: Guess what I’m doing this weekend.
If you guessed “Playing golf while your wife stakes out the perimeter of your yard”, you’re right. To quote one of my co-workers, “You are the laziest bleepity-bleeps that every lived.”