April Fools!

Congratulations! You found the first part of my 2008 April Fools entry. Now I need your help to do part 2 of the joke. What I’d like you to do is simple: leave a comment in my "How to Choose Your Bike’s Color" entry for today.

Using your own words, please talk about what a great entry — how funny, insightful, or timely — it is. This will confuse people who are not in on the joke yet, because it clearly is not a great entry. While I realize that sometimes I am not particularly funny even though I’m trying to be, this time I was intentionally pretty lame.

I like to imagine a huge volume of praise amassing for this pedestrian little piece, as profuse and heartfelt as the entry itself is not.

As for myself, I shall comment frequently today as well, graciously — and increasingly egotistically — accepting your praise.

Thanks for helping me with my joke, and have a happy April Fools Day!

PS: I expect that at some point, someone who is not in on the joke will weigh in with an "Actually, I don’t think this is all that funny" comment. When / if this happens, please jump in and defend the piece, stridently and at great length.


  1. Comment by graisseux | 03.31.2008 | 11:02 pm

    Well, so far looks like I’m the only who thinks it’s weird that a Spam banner would be featured on this site. I hope my post wasn’t too over-the-top. I’m guessing people are probably just creeped out by my feigned devotion and kind of move past my comment, or maybe it’s because it’s one the morning. Speaking of which, I’d better get to bed.

  2. Comment by CiA (Canuck in Australia) | 04.1.2008 | 1:38 am

    Spot on Fatty….What an absolute beauty!!! I was thinking that a carbon fibre painted to look like acid-pitted, sand-blasted steel would be just the thing for my next bike. Sort of the “Industrial, don’t mess with me ‘tude” coupled with “kick-butt performance”

  3. Comment by eliel | 04.1.2008 | 1:46 am

    But fatty, I still think that entry was funny. You’re the best! I’m glad I could play along on the joke.

    King of April fool jokes, that’s what your are :-) Thanks for the laughs

  4. Comment by tim | 04.1.2008 | 3:59 am

    i miss al mavia

  5. Comment by sven | 04.1.2008 | 4:28 am

    Your humor makes my day a little brighter which is needed at this time of year in Minnesota.

    My riding mates will finally understand my true cycling abilities when I show up with a with a different beer or rock jersey for each ride!

    Sven (Mellow Johnny colored bike)

  6. Comment by Mike | 04.1.2008 | 5:14 am

    Fatty, the colour post was funny, however this part of the joke seems to be tryingto get you more praise. This isn’t a sly early attempt at securing another bloggie is it? Me thinks it is!

    Mike (obviously emo & fanatic about cleaning!)

  7. Comment by fatty | 04.1.2008 | 6:24 am

    Mike – not so much going for praise as going for unearned, over-the-top, unreasonable praise, to the extent that people who aren’t in on the joke wonder what they’re missing.

    there’s no joke like an in-joke.

  8. Comment by Mike | 04.1.2008 | 6:27 am

    Ah true that! I still say your scheaming something though ;)

    By the way, love the 30% more obnoxiouse primal shirts!

  9. Comment by F2Matrix | 04.1.2008 | 7:07 am

    Darn, I really wanted to get a jersey that looked like a Tux.

  10. Comment by The D | 04.1.2008 | 7:54 am

    I read somewhere that to save weight and add stiffness, the 2009 Spam tins will be made entirely of carbon fiber.


  11. Comment by Trapperdan | 04.1.2008 | 8:01 am

    Where can I order the “human body” jersey?


  12. Comment by TIMK | 04.1.2008 | 8:11 am

    I knew there was a reason why I let your ads get past Ad Block Plus – I would have felt really left out had I not seen this.

    And I though Primal Wear Jersey’s were a fool’s joke when they first started showing up.

  13. Comment by Al Maviva | 04.1.2008 | 10:16 am

    TimK – no, Primal jerseys aren’t a joke. That’s what makes them funny – the people that sell and wear them apparently take them quite seriously. Nothing succeeds like excess, except for tastelessness, the success of which is basically off the charts. I’m still holding out for the Primal Colostomy Bag jersey, the Primal Double Arm Amputee Jacket (“Like a riding vest… for double amputees”) and the Primal Catheter & Waste Bag Shorts (“They aren’t a catheter and waste bag… they just look it!”) The full sleeve tatoo arm warmers are pretty good too, but I’m looking forward to the Scabrous Leprosy pattern warmers, due out this year with their new Gangrenous Frostbite Shoe Covers.


  14. Comment by Enormously Pregnant Cathy | 04.1.2008 | 10:23 am

    oops. I’m a retard. Obviously I should click before I write.

  15. Comment by fatty | 04.1.2008 | 10:47 am

    cathy, don’t feel bad. I’m really enjoying editing the comments with my [redacted] marks. who knew censorship would be so much fun!

    al, i’m personally holding out for the “large-diameter-impaling-object” jersey. Fencepost or tree branch, ideally.

  16. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 04.1.2008 | 11:30 am

    More censoring needed for the post at 9:07 am. :-)

  17. Comment by fatty | 04.1.2008 | 12:00 pm

    bryan, thanks. i’ve now [redacted] it.

    i think i’ll start redacting all the time.

  18. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 04.1.2008 | 12:24 pm

    Happy to help with the censoring, comrade Fatty.

  19. Comment by Josh | 04.1.2008 | 1:20 pm


  20. Comment by David (vivid) | 04.1.2008 | 2:58 pm

    I just clicked on the other joke link at the top of the page, uh-oh.

  21. Comment by Jeff | 04.1.2008 | 2:58 pm

    I’d buy the tux one….

  22. Comment by Alister | 04.1.2008 | 4:03 pm

    Brilliant, Fatty.

    I’m currently exploring my inner anti-fashionista by riding in a bloodstained top (my blood), old and baggy shorts, long socks, and my race bike.

    Just using the fashion to prove you can’t buy watts…

  23. Comment by kentucky joe | 04.1.2008 | 5:43 pm

    okay, is this where we’re supposed to comment on how funny and insightful FC is, er is this where everyone is not “in” on the joke….oops, was I supposed to leave a comment or ……this is an amazingly complex yet well thought out plan…for those readers that can follow simple directions….
    Oh and I really enjoyed the new ads but something wrong as the links to those great jerseys just kept rredirecting me to your site and I had my Visa out and ready to go…

  24. Comment by leroy | 04.1.2008 | 7:17 pm

    Actually, I didn’t think it was all that….

    Oh wait. Wrong place.

  25. Comment by BurkeInTheOzarks | 04.2.2008 | 7:24 am

    Ohhhhhhhh! Now I get it. Sometimes Firefox with Ad Block works to your disadvantage…

  26. Comment by Dobovedo | 04.2.2008 | 9:30 am

    I’m still looking for the ads… I only ended up here after the fact, when reading the followup ‘punchline’ post.

    What ads?

  27. Comment by Dobovedo | 04.2.2008 | 9:32 am

    Oh… it’s a firefox adblocker thing. Well, hooray for firefox adblocker thing in general, and boo for firefox adblocker thing on April 1.

  28. Comment by Tim D | 04.2.2008 | 10:26 am

    Not only did I not spot the deliberate (?) lameness of the post. I didn’t even notice the fake ads or that they all pointed here. But then I didn’t go into work and ask if penguins can fly either.

  29. Comment by Jeffy | 04.2.2008 | 10:43 am

    I can’t believe so many people clicked on the fake ads, or that I didn’t! Something was up, but I couldn’t figure out the trick. I was going to post suggesting that Fatty was writing the comments, but that didn’t seem quite right. Nice 4/1 stunt! Jeffy

  30. Comment by sk8ermom3 | 04.2.2008 | 5:31 pm

    Argghh, I just thought it was a lame post, but my mind was numb from early morning riding on my trainer. Pleeease let warmer weather arrive soon!

  31. Comment by Di | 04.3.2008 | 9:03 am

    Dobovedo – you can shut it off to see the ads. Just click on the ABP icon > Disable ABP. You may have figured this out already.


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