Former Writer · Apr 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

TDUD: A Year-Old April Fools Joke That People Are Still Using

Happy April Fools Day, XDA! Over the years there’s been some excellent pranks thrown by everyone from Google to various news stations even down to websites such as our very own. However, something you don’t see every day is a developer group or team that goes the extra mile on old April 1 to give their users a little prank to play with.

This year on April 1st, we shall pay homage to one of the greatest Android development spoofs of all time. A year ago today, the CyanogenMod team played a little prank on their nightly users. When they released their nightlies, they changed the name from CyanogenMod to TehDuckUberDistro—TDUD for short—and changed the ROM from its hallmark cyan color scheme to an ugly duck color. According to CM Team member Ricardo Cerqueira, aka XDA Recognized Developer aremcee:

minor confusion ensued

The one-day-only nightly of TehUberDuckDistro came and passed, and nearly a whole year went by when aremcee was messing around in the CM statistics and found… Well it’s probably funnier if you hear it from him:

I accidentally noticed, while checking something entirely different in our stats data, that 29 people are still running TDUD today. That one year-old, one-shot nightly is still in use, and I want to meet these 29 people just to shake their hands.

You read that correctly. There are still 29 people out there booting up to see that quasi-creepy, googley-eyed, skateboarding duck in a joke ROM the CM team released a year ago. Maybe the CM team will pay homage to those dedicated 29 by releasing a 1-year anniversary TDUD nightly, right? We can only hope. Until then, if you happen to be among those 29 people still running TDUD, or happen to know one of the 29 people running TDUD, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the one shot ROM in the comments or at least let aremcee know in his Google+ post so he can shake your hand.

The few, the proud, the TDUD users.

[Big thanks to iSaint for the tip.]
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