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A humourless letter from one of a few members in a conspiracy of humour sites hoping to spring an April's Fool Joke tomorrow in the USA has ordered The Register not to tell the joke first. As we didn't know it was a joke, we have therefore taken the threat seriously and will now desist from telling jokes before the time is ripe. Pre-empting jokes, said a humourless April Fool hoaxer, would spoil the joke, but as the joke can't happen until tomorrow we don't see how we can spoil the fun. Except to say, of course, this must be part of the joke although one of the would-be hoaxers said if we spoilt his joke tomorrow morning he would take it very seriously. He said our self interest in spoiling the joke was spoiling the joke so we shouldn't spoil it... And he seemed serious. We are consulting our lawyers about the threat... It is almost April Fool's Day now in the Aleutian Islands, if they celebrate Poisson d'Avril there. But for the US it is rapidly becoming April Fool's Eve. Ahem... ®

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