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2019 proposals...[edit]

Okay let's open the discussion.

My preference would be , given that we did a sci-fi themed destination last year that we go for something historical this year. (even though I've put in some sci-fi related proposals...

Article Supporters
Nano-tourism - Why should travel stay within the limits of optical "Mag-n-if-ca-tion!" ? ;) User:ShakespeareFan00
The Great Exhibition (1851) or Festival of Britain (1951)
The Bicentenial (1976 USA).
Wikivoyage (along the lines of Wikivoyage:Joke_articles/Wikipedia) ϒψιλον (talk) 13:41, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
I also had an idea to have a meta guide to Wikivoyage, so that might be interesting if we are capable of ribbing each other and the site as a whole without causing offence.
Nano-tourism would be fun, but could easily be done next year or the year after that. It's certainly an "all weather" destination as far as joke articles are concerned.
How would a history article work?
Brexitannia might just be too horrible, actually.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 14:29, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
Pick a destination that's historically significant and write a travel article for it at a given date, (like was done for East Berlin.), That's why I put The Great Exhibition and Festival of Britain in the options. Can you think of other historically significant places that would have existing source material to draw on? ( Like Imperial Rome, Southwark in the Tudor period, The Call of the Wild Frontier..) ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 14:19, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
I also plan to around April 1st add some updates to existing joke articles ;) ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 14:19, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
Well I would dispute some Nano-tourist destinations as being all-weather. Lawn safari's need it to be dry. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 14:21, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
What if we wrote the history article as if it either had just happened or was still to come? --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:12, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
Well for something like the w:Great Exhibition, a guide would be commenting on competing rail companies offers, some choice comments about transport to Hyde Park, which boarding houses to 'avoid' etc.. and that you should guard your pocket watch in crowds. Writing style would thematically be more akin to the various travel guides published in the 19th century ( Bradshaw, Badeker and others)?
By comparison for the w:Festival of Britain (which was multi-sited) you'd be mentioning ferry routes, liner timings, British Railways, the nearest tube at Waterloo (which was upgraded for the event), food rationing still being in force, and so forth... Most likely you could thematically write this guide using an American correspondent style of the late 40's. And London in 1951 still had some more old-fashioned cultural attractions, that would be mentioned alongside the Festival itself..
If you wanted to do a three-period article covering both the above as well, you could also include "the Millenium Dome" which is thematically linked..ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 17:01, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
Another board 'historical' article would be to do the US circa 1976, (given the factual information that went into Time Travel, I can imagine it's feasible).

ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 17:01, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

I think I said it before at some point, but the best Joke articles have been the ones that as many voyagers as possible know and can write something/anything about without having to google stuff. ϒψιλον (talk) 17:10, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
Yeah, my gut feeling is that history-focused articles, especially really specific and obscure events like these, would not encourage a lot of people to join in for fun. It might be more like a homework assignment than an April Fools joke.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 19:19, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
Okay, then, thanks for the views.. I might develop some stubs on my time though... And welcome a further discussion about the development of 'historically' focused articles, for other reasons. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 20:53, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
Another proposal I had considered listing was one of the many cinematic universes, but Middle Earth and Narnia had already been done.

ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 20:55, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Atlantis? --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 01:28, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Never mind, it's already been done. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 01:29, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

I had a couple thoughts: Traveling with w:Jack Benny and Devil's Island. However, I like the nano-tourism idea. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 01:52, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Time to decide[edit]

Less than two weeks left to April 1, so it's time to decide what we should do. Even if many if not most Wikivoyagers aren't that interested in this any longer (as some of the discussions above and the decline in interest over the years indicates) I'd really like to see a joke article on the Main Page one last time, at least.

So is it nano-tourism, Wikivoyage, maybe even Wikivoyage:Joke_articles/TravelRant or something else (last year I suggested Gibberish phrasebook)? -- ϒψιλον (talk) 05:31, 19 March 2019 (UTC)

Nano-tourism looks good to me. —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:07, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
Agreed. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 14:15, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
Great, maybe ShakespeareFan00 should move it out of their userspace to Wikivoyage:Joke articles/Nano-tourism , then. -- ϒψιλον (talk) 17:24, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
ShakespeareFan00 Is on WikiBreak but he's said he's happy with the change so Template:Doing RhinosF1 (talk) 18:43, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
Yes Done RhinosF1 (talk) 18:45, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
@RhinosF1: Actually, I don't think he's on Wikibreak. It is on his user page that he says he's on Wikibreak, but his userpage hasn't been updated for almost a year, so I think he probably had a Wikibreak some time ago but simply forgot to take down the notice. Thanks for doing the work, though! --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 23:01, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
I'm in communication with ShakespeareFan00 and following issues on other projects he is taking a WMF wide WikiBreak until 1st April and will then return to a few sites. He is aware of the discussion and Advised me that he was happy. He's taken a longer WikiBreak until 2021 on English Wikipedia and commons. RhinosF1 (talk) 06:38, 20 March 2019 (UTC)
Please also check his contributions. RhinosF1 (talk) 06:40, 20 March 2019 (UTC)
Oh, sorry, I'm obviously behind on all the news. I will check his contributions. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 13:46, 20 March 2019 (UTC)
@SelfieCity:, no problem! RhinosF1 (talk) 16:17, 20 March 2019 (UTC)
I've contributed to the future joke article, but my jokes aren't very funny, so please feel free to adjust them and improve them. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 22:39, 20 March 2019 (UTC)

Time to start thinking about this year's article?[edit]

It's a little more than two months until April Fool's day! What do you say, is the community interested in doing a joke article this year? There are dozens of article suggestions in discussions above. --Ypsilon (talk) 20:44, 29 January 2020 (UTC)

I would suggest a specific place/time combination (like was done with East Berlin)... What was happening in 1920 globally? (I Do not really want to suggest the British Empire Exhibition because I suggested the Festival of Britain previously..) ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 21:41, 29 January 2020 (UTC)
Alternatively , are you familliar with Bunyan's allegorical work? w:The_Pilgrim's_Progress#Places_in_The_Pilgrim's_Progress.
(Aside) That also suggests, someone trying to do a broadly historical travel topic style article on visiting holy sites in Europe :) ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 10:26, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
Whatever we end up doing, it should be something with broad appeal among editors and readers. Something too obscure will result in just one or two contributors writing for a small audience.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 13:11, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
Btw, I think the idea of using a historical event from 1920 is a good one in principle, though the year itself was a bit on the violent side: wars, revolutions, all the fallout from the end of World War I. Possibly the only positive 'news story' of international significance I could see on the 1920 Wikipedia article was the first meeting of the League of Nations. How that would be worked into a humorous travel article is not clear to me yet, but maybe it could work?--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 13:32, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
In the age of post-truth, may I suggest my suggestion from #April_Fool's_day_article_2014 — State of Denial? --Ypsilon (talk) 09:50, 9 March 2020 (UTC)

Places to go after you die[edit]

Swept in from the pub

Why stop traveling just because you've stopped breathing? (koavf)TCM 23:33, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

That isn't relevant to this page Freyr Brown (talk) 04:48, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Some of our contributors like to post links to articles, in some cases trivia but in other cases important travel information that requires updating of our articles. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 14:32, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
That sounds like a proposal for next year's April Fool's Day page. Maybe an itinerary this time? WhatamIdoing (talk) 03:07, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
I don't find it funny to be honest especially in light of current pandemic. OhanaUnitedTalk page 01:13, 7 June 2020 (UTC)
May be a case of "too soon", I agree but I think travel in the afterlife would make a great article. —Justin (koavf)TCM 04:19, 7 June 2020 (UTC)
I don't think it's "too soon". I think it's "NEVER". As of today, there's been 6.8 million infections and almost 400,000 died. We don't joke about the Spanish flu, MERS, H1N1, nor SARS. So why should COVID-19 gets different treatment? That's why I agree with Freyr Brown. It's not relevant to this page. OhanaUnitedTalk page 05:43, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
To be clear, the above is some black humor that I wouldn't publish here. I think doing a "tour" of Heaven or Nirvana could be done in a lite-hearted enough manner. Still possible controversial but not as provocative as the above link. —Justin (koavf)TCM 06:53, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
Yeah, even without any ongoing pandemic an article like the one you linked to wouldn't be appropriate even as an April Fool's article. A "Tour of Heaven" maybe. Ypsilon (talk) 08:52, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
FYI: Freyr Brown’s username is now CupcakePerson13. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 11:33, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
I was thinking about a tour of all the famous places: Heaven, Hell, Nirvana, Purgatory, Elysium, etc. WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:40, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

April Fool's 2021[edit]

Earth article for April Fools Day 2021[edit]

Only three months to go and we need to come up with some suggestions. My suggestion is 'Earth'. If Earth is actually chosen, then you heard it here first. This idea was created by User: and if Earth is chosen, I want to be credited for coming up with it. 16:15, 1 January 2021 (UTC)

Earth was done in 2007.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 20:15, 22 January 2021 (UTC)

Springfield article[edit]

I suggest "Springfield" as the article (as in Springfield from The Simpsons), because I think it would be interesting to see an article about what is there and the people who live there. 17:59, 22 January 2021 (UTC)

I like that idea, and would be up for contributing to it. The best April Fools articles are those that everyone in the community can contribute to without specialist knowledge, so generally "fandom" topics don't really work because they're niche almost by definition, but The Simpsons has been around for so long and is so well-known internationally, that it might just work. I'd be interested to know if anyone disagrees.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 20:22, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
Yes, for example, The Simpsons is an American show, but I live in the United Kingdom and still know about it. 09:59, 6 February 2021 (UTC)
w:Springfield (The Simpsons) would be a good starting point for someone interested in working on this. Ground Zero (talk) 19:53, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
As I said in the travellers' pub, I'd be happy to help out with this idea, and it's indeed one people (e.g. the show's creators) have had before, so there's quite a lot of pseudo-tourism information to work with. Vaticidalprophet (talk) 02:27, 21 February 2021 (UTC)
Springfield is an interesting idea. 2A00:23C7:DD06:1F01:5875:1F17:1221:7A56 10:16, 24 February 2021 (UTC)


Repeating my 2019 suggestion from above: "Wikivoyage (along the lines of Wikivoyage:Joke_articles/Wikipedia)" --Ypsilon (talk) 20:19, 22 January 2021 (UTC)

I think the Wikivoyage idea is a great one, so great in fact that it's worth saving for a special occasion e.g. the 10th anniversary of being called "Wikivoyage" (either next year or 2023, depending on when you're counting from), or the 20th anniversary since Wikitravel was founded, which must be coming up --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 20:28, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
2023 will be the 20th anniversary, judging by Wikivoyage:User_rights_nominations/Archives#User:(WT-en) Evan.ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 20:32, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
Wikitravel's 20th anniversary will be on February 19, 2023 and Wikivoyages's 20th anniversary - well I'm not really sure. The first edit was this one on 2 March, 2009 but Wikivoyage was probably invented a few weeks before. My guess would be 2023 for Wikitravel and 2029 for Wikivoyage, but that might be wrong. 08:57, 13 February 2021 (UTC)

The Internet[edit]

Not the most original idea, as it bears similarities with both the above Wikivoyage idea and last year's article Your House, but the internet remains a place we can all visit and is also a rather easy well to tap for humour.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 08:23, 17 February 2021 (UTC)

Or we could just call it Cyberspace. The dog2 (talk) 20:30, 17 February 2021 (UTC)

Travel for dummies / Captain Obvious[edit]

An ordinary travel guide article, either a specific destination or something like Travel basics, but the Captain Obvious version, with every minute and patronising detail retained.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 08:53, 17 February 2021 (UTC)

Support. I'd love for every article to have "wear your seat belt" or "the maximum speed limit is 100km/h so don't speed". TravelAroundOz (talkcontribs)
Sure, and readers also need to know they will get wet if they go swimming. :) Ypsilon (talk) 09:34, 21 February 2021 (UTC)
Not if you grease up :)
"Readers should take time to note that many swimming pools will not allow you in if you're caked in animal fat." XD --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 13:31, 21 February 2021 (UTC)
Or, if you are over 90kgs, you will not be allowed on a boat. TravelAroundOz (talk) 07:35, 22 February 2021 (UTC)
Or, if you get caught in a rip. Don't panic. No one will come and get you. TravelAroundOz (talk) 07:37, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

LOL 2A00:23C7:DD06:1F01:5875:1F17:1221:7A56 10:16, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

It is a sad reality though. If you get caught in a rip, there's about a lifeguard only about on 1% of our beaches. So it's obvious. TravelAroundOz (talk) 10:17, 25 February 2021 (UTC)

Gibberish phrasebook[edit]

What it says on the tin, really. We're quite a multilingual bunch, so should be able to come up with a nonsense language that pokes fun at phrasebooks, travel in strange lands, and language itself. Including classic phrases like "The pen of my aunt is in the garden" and "My hovercraft is full of eels."--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 08:53, 17 February 2021 (UTC

Support. --Ypsilon (talk) 09:39, 21 February 2021 (UTC)
Sure, sounds like a plan. The dog2 (talk) 21:21, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
Interesting 2A00:23C7:DD06:1F01:5875:1F17:1221:7A56 10:16, 24 February 2021 (UTC)