April’s Fools Roundup: Crypto Edition
Love it or hate it, April’s Fools is a favorite almost-holiday for many, and crypto is no exception. Although the market boom from this morning might seem like an elaborate, slightly late April’s Fools prank, we’re happy that the pranks this year remained more benign and did not cost users all that much. Except hope and happiness - because so many of them sounded great!
Ranging from fake partnerships to favorite scam-related figures (and adding a funny KYC (know your customer) questionnaire or two as well), this year’s April’s Fools pranks are sure to make you at least chuckle, if not laugh outright.
Honestly, if Ethereum Foundation researcher Vlad Zamfir wasn’t joking, we can already see how this could become popular in the space.
I'm proud to announce the space's first lobbying organization specializing in blockchain governance, The Ethereum Governance Lobby Group!— Vlad Zamfir (@VladZamfir) 1 April 2019
We are a well-connected group of ETH developers and researchers who know Vitalik (personally) and are passionate about blockchain governance
Samson Mow, chief strategy officer at major blockchain technology firm Blockstream, also had some news to announce. Imagine the hype if MasterCard decided to partner with a crypto-related name.
Excited to announce a new partnership with MasterCard soon!— Samson Mow (@Excellion) 1 April 2019
Also, imagine the absolute panic if most of the cryptoverse wasn’t educated enough to know this is impossible.
Bitcoin just got hacked!!!— Mati Greenspan (@MatiGreenspan) 1 April 2019
RT to spread awareness.https://t.co/3SzI3KRjH0
Sure, it’s a joke, but it would also be a genius move for a privacy coin.
Now THIS is one of those jokes that make your heart skip a beat before you realize what date it is.
Toward a brighter tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/7FAWC7TS8z— Vitalik Non-giver of Ether (@VitalikButerin) 1 April 2019
And another of the same sort as the previous one - it’s a good thing we’re not that unlucky.
Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto. It all makes sense tbh af oof.— Pierre (@pierre_crypt0) 1 April 2019
Then again, there are those that are too far-fetched to be true (or not?), but make you laugh nonetheless.
Today marks the launch of Loom Records! 💽🎶— Loom Network (@loomnetwork) 1 April 2019
Yes, we have decided to enter the music business to speed up blockchain adoption.
And we're honored to produce @justinsuntron's debut hip-hop album #EnterTheSun as our first EP ☀️
Check out the details: https://t.co/04E1EP8k66 pic.twitter.com/eMLSirsr8i
Well… I could do with a Big Mac right now. We also need a ChickenNuggetCoin - maybe next year?
MyEtherWallet announced that they need to implement KYC measures for the first time. “What’s your father’s maiden name” should become a common KYC question.
NOT MY PARENTS PLEASE!
Haha. Bitcointalk also did a fake kyc today with some funny questions.— Crypto Zebra (@ZebraMining) 1 April 2019
“You agree to have this information shared with the IRS, FBI, CIA, NSA, Federal Reserve, ECB, Interpol, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Equifax, Chainalysis, and your parents” pic.twitter.com/pxEcaVn3Ki
Here I was, ready with a rat poison-related comment, and then I remembered the date…
Holy shit!https://t.co/jn1vLCyIoU— The Range (@_TheRange) 1 April 2019
WASSA WASSA WASSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!
Breaking news!— SONM (@sonmdevelopment) 1 April 2019
Carlos Matos joins SONM Advisory board. We welcome Carlos in our family and we are sure that with his experience SONM will reach the moon 🌝 pic.twitter.com/71zcwYiOhI
The signature is legit, what the hell are you all talking about?
I'm pleased to announce that the gag order has been lifted and I can finally release the evidence of Satoshi Nakamoto's true identity - the genesis block has been signed! pic.twitter.com/Eg362VuSvC— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) 1 April 2019