On April Fools' Day in 2006, a big orange billboard
emblazoned with the legend "Trade Barry!" cropped up outside AT&T
park. Baseball fans naturally assumed the sign was a dig at Giants'
player Barry Bonds. Unfortunately, the sign was not paid for by rapid
Bonds haters or Dodger's fans, it was the brainchild of baseball card
tried to drop Zippy. They briefly stopped publishing it in 2002, but
changed their mind after an outpouring of support for the comic. At
this point, Zippy was basically the boyfriend the Chron kept trying to dump and couldn't. On April Fools' Day of 2004, Zippy supporters staged a protest outside the Chron. It didn't work: Dumpsville, population Zippy.
on their ad-free site, and the Internet exploded in rage. The
announcement was just a joke, of course. Craigslist's longest-running
prank has no end in sight: The death of print media!