rfc 2795

April Fools' Day RFC

Almost every April Fools' Day (1 April) since 1989, the Internet Engineering Task Force has published one or more humorous RFC documents, following in the path blazed by the June 1973 RFC 527 entitled ARPAWOCKY. The following list also includes humorous RFCs published on other dates.

List of April 1st RFCs

Other humorous RFCs

  • RFC 439—PARRY encounters the DOCTOR. V. Cerf. 21 January 1972.
  • RFC 527—ARPAWOCKY. R. Merryman, UCSD. 22 June 1973.
  • RFC 968—Twas the night before start-up. V.G. Cerf, 1 December 1985.
  • RFC 1882—The 12-Days of Technology Before Christmas. B. Hancock. December 1995.

Non-RFC IETF humor

  • An announcement on the IETF list about the appointment of Bert as member of the IAB appears to have been the April Fools' Day 2006 stunt.

Submission of April Fools' Day RFCs

The IETF accepts submission of properly formatted April Fools' Day RFCs from the general public, and considers them for publication in the same year if received at least two weeks prior to April, 1st.


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