Happy April Fools to everyone here

Yes we at KMB must delightfully admit that the post made by Sean earlier today was indeed an April fools joke on our readers. Probably the most convincing and believable argument that got many of our readers enlisted in the KMB Hall of Fools was the bickering and squabbling argument, which had many perplexed if truly the shut down notice was more closer to reality than a joke.

Throughout the day we saw three types of people, the first set of our readers actually saw through the trick and remained convinced that this was indeed a prank, the second batch of readers fell for the twist but later realized that it was a trick being played on them, after all it was 1st of April, but it seems that most of our readers slowly gravitated from the first two groups into the third group to actually start believing the argument presented by Sean, as it genuinely made sense coincidence or not the facts appeared to be valid enough for a dismissal. It was somewhere early afternoon that we felt the urge to innocently ‘help convince‘ the non-believers, resulting in an interesting screen capture spoof which showed a disabled account of Teeth Maestro unable to log into the Karachi Metroblog system

The team had to really juggle with the comments, it was a deliberate team decision to close off comments on all our main April fools posts [including the Saudia Arabia brings light to Karachi through underwater pipeline post] so that any anxious commenter did not spoil the fun for any wandering n00b landing on the blog. What became a genuine concern a few hours into the prank was when some of our readers started using other posts for communicating their April fools theory, we had to scramble and plug these loops holes and ‘temporarily unapprove‘ those comments leaving untouched the ‘innocent’ comments more so as a bait for those cats willing to be killed by the curiosity bug.

A shout out to the entire Karachi Metroblog team Inspriex, Mansoor, Unaiza, Kurt, Farrukh, Khurram, Jamash, MB, Cy, Zainub, Tee Emm, Rabia, Faisal K, Afreen, Nadir, Raja, Batty, Sid, Reba, Uzi and myself [Teeth Maestro]. I assure you we remain a big happy family with NO fights and squabbles to bore you guys with.

Be a good sport and bring that smile on your face after all you [at least most of you] have just been April Fooled courtesy Team KMB as they say — Mamooon BanaaDiya !!!

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29 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r on April 1st, 2008 @ 10:19 pm


  2. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on April 1st, 2008 @ 10:26 pm

    Actually No :P

    We knew it :P

    And poor sean *need to say no more* :P

  3. d0ct0r on April 1st, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

    whose idea was it? :P who came up with infighting story?

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 1st, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

    The drama was not quite mature, just like any Lollywood movie made by Syed Noor :D

    Sean, you ain’t Sean Penn! *grin*

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 1st, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

    Be a good sport and bring that smile on your face after all you [at least most of you] have just been April Fooled courtesy Team KMB as they say — Mamooon BanaaDiya !!!

    hehe. Doc your post was enough to consider it a prank. The reason given by you that "you were not aware" was so lame and childish that it was hard to believe. Ooper se you gave screen shot which was another mistake because if one enter wrong password then definitely would get such error message.

    Better luck next time! :D

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 1st, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

    post by Neoka was quite interesting :-)

  7. Shamsi (shamsi) on April 1st, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

    Teetho seems u are only accredited GADHA who believe that we will believe that You become father — "just been April Fooled courtesy Team KMB as they say — Mamooon BanaaDiya !!! ".

    :) last I checked on you, u were not EXPECTING ! :)

  8. obiwankenobe on April 1st, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

    I do not know why people have so much new fond obsession with April fool. See youtube , see google, stupid people. Islam has clearly forbidden to tell lies even in jokes and we are so proud of lying. And see the state of nation when some one comes up and say the authors have differences among them then most people could imagine that.

  9. alias on April 1st, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

    i knew…
    i was thinking…that….it cant be lyke this…..KMB shutdown….impossible

  10. David Markland (markland) on April 1st, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

    I’m never gotten, and I was got. Well played, sir!

  11. extiinct on April 1st, 2008 @ 11:29 pm

    The one thing that the prank did achieve was that we FINALLY got to hear/read good stuff about KMB. How people actually liked the blog and considered it an integral portal to life in karachi. For once, a post or an author wasn’t being bashed…apart from the collective author bashing for being too unprofessional and immature to let matters get so out of hand.

    As a former author it makes me proud to have been a part of this great blog.

  12. obiwankenobe on April 1st, 2008 @ 11:41 pm

    Extiinct you are too funny. Trying to save your face now ??

    You posted on

    I hadn’t noticed the date when I read the post on KMB but it’s entirely believable. As a former kmb author (Extiinct), I can safely say that the bickering, disagreements and general disgruntlement is the norm. What started out as bloggers who ranged from all walks of life (student, professionals, teacher etc) has slowly turned into a bunch of author who are mostly professionals and believe that they know it all. It’s pretty much turned into a corporate group where the professionals believe themselves to know it all and everyone is convinced that their’s is the only opinion which is worth anything.
    What used to be a fun filled place has now turned into a cut throat environment where if u cant be as loud or brash as the other then it’s better to stay quite."

    Honestly KMB is an imp. part of my cyber life, it just helps me to keep connected with my roots and if old timers could recall then I am one of the founding member who started riots here but honestly I never took it to personal level ever as some of the recent commentators have taken. My only purpose was to initiate arguments and to hear different opinions and make people to hear opponents’ views. Actually I miss Ramla who left due to those heated debates. She was a good author but she took all offense personally. I also miss YoYo, Anon, Faisal,Darth Vader, Dua and a gal from NewYork (can’t recall her name). I am sure all these people read KMB but have stopped commenting because of the current trash like MB posts and Doctor/Adnan/Ammar comments. Hey old timers are you around ?

  13. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 1st, 2008 @ 11:56 pm

    A plan executed to perfection!! cheers to the whole team! :P

    whatever anyone says.. thoda sa tu mamoon sab bane the naaa??

  14. cyberizen on April 1st, 2008 @ 11:58 pm

    ok i fell for your gag i really did sean did sound very convincing and then teeth maestros post too very carefully orchestrated. nice one guys. It would surely suck if KMB was to go offline. I am an avid avid reader of KMB so definitely wouldnt want KMB to go down just like that.

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 2nd, 2008 @ 12:04 am

    PooPooHead you made me laugh when you put me in slot of "current". Your PC clock is ticking 2005?. I don’t mind you call me a trash. As if it’s a hidden secret how you started commenting here as Noman(maybe your original name)and then suddenly morphed to PooPooHead. Later you along with other whiners were banned on this website(due to your constant trolling and battle with authors).

    I know memory these days is very cheap but not so cheap that it could be wiped out

  16. obiwankenobe on April 2nd, 2008 @ 12:35 am

    Adnan, you are very persistent. It’s a good habit but you should learn to move on. By the way I never commented on KMB as "Noman". And you can go through archives and would never find any personal insult or attack on any one beliefs from me. The only commentators who I have liked recently are Wasiq (old timer), Ibrahim, Kabir Das and Balma. Though I do not agree completely with any of their ideologies but I respect them because they do not go beyond a level and they always give you some thing new to think. I do not subscribe to Teeth Maestro ideology but I respect him because of his positive attitude. I do not like MB posts and neither I have any respect for him because of his negative attitude but that should not bother him at all because I am just an opinion and not God’s words and I have nothing personal against him.

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 2nd, 2008 @ 1:23 am

    you should learn to move on

    Now that’s really April fool prank by KMB.

    As I said, memory isn’t cheap enough one can forget completely no matter how much you deny something. As far as you claim about yourself for being "decent" and not engaging in personal attacks, it’s not ancient history how did you response to Unaiza on her post(s). I don’t have to give you more instance to recall your memory. If you just want to follow "Mey na Manoun" path then who cares? Atleast I don’t.

    The thing is , those who live in glass houses don’t throw stone on others. I don’t want to respond you further in this thread which has no relation with this debate and you should also quit being "Talat Hussain" of this thread.Thanks

  18. obiwankenobe on April 2nd, 2008 @ 2:15 am

    Adnan my friend, there is a difference b/w making fun of Unaiza, Unaiza’s beliefs and Unaiza’s posts.

  19. Karachi Metroblogs pulls an April Fools prank | Teeth Maestro (pingback) on April 2nd, 2008 @ 2:24 am

    […] Gotchya post can be read on KMB here. I hope people did enjoy the joke as it was truly meant to spice up the energy levels which have […]

  20. Raza (raza) on April 2nd, 2008 @ 5:53 am

    Damn! I fell for it!

    Obi has a point though. We really thought all you authors acted like fools and your bickering got you all fired. It is certainly plausible and an unfortunate thought.

  21. بستنی (wasiq) on April 2nd, 2008 @ 8:35 am

    The only commentators who I have liked recently are Wasiq (old timer),…

    thanks obi..!
    sean you are on tin ice bacha…..!

    i dont care who you are
    where you from
    i dont care what you did
    as long as you love me….

  22. bozz on April 2nd, 2008 @ 9:21 am

    Let the fights begin

  23. Afreen (afreen) on April 2nd, 2008 @ 10:07 am

    I hope we were able to pique KMB’s audience. All acceptable in good fun :)

  24. karachite on April 2nd, 2008 @ 11:01 am

    that was mindblowing

  25. Sean Bonner (seanbonner) on April 2nd, 2008 @ 11:41 am

    Big smiles from Berlin!

  26. extiinct on April 2nd, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

    Obi: If you happen to still believe that comment after this post then u fell for the prank worst than most :)

  27. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 2nd, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

    there should be blogs from other cities as well. Would like to see Hyderabad Metblogs in near future.

  28. obiwankenobe on April 2nd, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

    Extiinct, I just can’t understand why people would lie for fun ? Just can’t imagine that. May be I am too naive but can’t see myself lying :-(.

  29. بستنی (wasiq) on April 4th, 2008 @ 8:10 am

    ssamall world..?chotey motey logoun ki chotee motee khushian….

    If it hadn’t been for Cotton-Eye Joe
    I’d been married long time ago
    Where did you come from where did you go
    Where did you come from Cotton-Eye Joe
    If it hadn’t been…

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