A Major Announcement From David and Tom Gardner

To our friends, to family, to any twerps who doubted us, and to the many millions who make The Motley Fool home to the world's greatest investment community:

We finally have the opportunity to fulfill our destiny. A day that many of you have asked for -- begged for, really -- is here.

The Motley Fool is going public.

You got it right.

We're tying our wagon to a moonbeam and creating the mother of all exit strategies designed to get as many shares as possible into the hands of Fools like you.

Here are five key things to know about our IPO:

1. Available to Fools ONLY
Our top priority is to make sure you can buy as many shares of our company as possible before the stock trades on the open market. We've always let you go first in our membership portfolios; this is no different. These shares are available only to you, today, at Fool.com.

2. Your Pre-IPO Price
We've been working ridiculously hard for the last 4.5 weeks to make sure we nail this. And our team of quantitative stars -- including two past winners of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences -- has set our pre-IPO price of $4.01. Wait till you hear how ridiculous of a bargain that is.

3. Expected First Trade
That same team estimates that our stock will trade around $28 when it debuts tomorrow morning. Our underwriter-auditor Coopers & Andersen priced the offering at $16 to $18 per ticket (el cheapo, for reasons explained below). We fully expect to blow through that price as our PR team whips up a media frenzy at daybreak.

Simply put, our models cannot generate a scenario where Motley Fool stock does not make it past $25 per share. Think about this: You will make four to seven times your money within a day.

4. The Exhaustive Approach to Supply
We've waited nearly 20 years to be able to set up a system like this. Nothing will stop it now. In order to guarantee that every Motley Fool member has access to an abundance of shares at that $4.01 price, we two founders will be selling virtually our entire stake in the pre-after-hours market today.

We'll do fine, even with that sinful discount -- don't worry about us. What you should be worrying about is how your offspring will treat you if you look this seven-bagger gift horse in the mouth.

5. Deadline: Midnight Tonight
And there's no reason to wait for that deadline.

We have already begun taking orders, and we're thrilled by the early response. There's no sales pitch necessary here. You're buying a company you know, from us, with a community of buyers alongside you. And while we obviously hope you'll consider holding your shares for the long term, we won't frown at anyone selling a seven-bagger in less than 24 hours.

PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE

To place your order, first send us an email simply expressing your interest. We'll bounce back the digital forms to you instantly. (They take a minute to fill out.)

And since there are a few hundred of us just sitting and taking your orders today, how about delighting us with a tidbit on what you plan to do with your quick winnings?

Just send us an email:

FoolIPO@fool.com

Feel free to add any thoughts, questions, or suggestions as well.

What an exciting time. We are changing the world together!
 

Stay hungry, stay Foolish.

David and Tom Gardner


P.S. Do not forget! The deadline is midnight tonight.

P.P.S. You can read our partial S-1 filing with the SEC by clicking here. Even though under the new JOBS Act, we could sell stock to you without such boring details as a prospectus or "audited" financials, we're thrilled to be serving up our unbelievable business model and transparent culture to you at a discount once only available to crony capitalists and our elected officials. These are the same clowns who suckered people into buying lottery tickets this week.

P.P.P.S. Full disclosure: In just the past few days, we received a notice of material weakness in our financial controls that temporarily threw a bunch of our numbers out of whack. Apparently, this is not unusual for companies going public, so no big deal. The irregularities stem from our SUCSOI method of reporting adjusted net income. This is probably why our underwriter-auditor priced our shares all the way down at $16 to $18. We have decided to largely bite our tongues and allow these insane accusations to stand, because the SEC-mandated "quiet period" forbids us from talking up our stock (as if we'd need to). We're confident in our belief that -- like us -- you'll brush this stuff off. If there's a silver lining to this dark cloud, it's that we're almost out, and all this naysaying leaves us beautifully well-positioned to exceed expectations with an IPO baby that, having seen the ultrasound, I can promise you is not one of those uglies.


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  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:11 AM, zymok wrote:

    I can't wait! I'm going to use my massive gains to corner the bubble gum market.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:27 AM, KCSun11 wrote:

    Still waiting on my forms

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:32 AM, bpork100 wrote:

    :D

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:33 AM, RallyCry wrote:

    IPO Haiku

    Gardners plant their seeds

    early in spring big fools can bloom

    please save us some shares. :o)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:33 AM, FrankDip wrote:

    I am in California where it is still Saturday night- I am immediately calling my rep at Second Market to try and buy on the secondary private placement market tonight before anyone else has a crack at the shares. It pays to never sleep!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:34 AM, fourteen wrote:

    Aren't you guys getting an early start? It isn't yet April 1st in my time zone. Seriously though, I do miss the old days. Some of those oldies were truly goodies! Fool on.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:36 AM, CarlTheWebmaster wrote:

    Good one. Love the S1!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:36 AM, shamapant wrote:

    hahaha great job guys, Fools to you too!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:38 AM, jack0071 wrote:

    May I sell short before the IPO? Jack

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:43 AM, HarryCarysGhost wrote:

    Excellant!!! I'm in at $4.20

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:46 AM, turtle975 wrote:

    I thought it was a nice touch that the price 4.01 is also the date 4/1 - had me going for a moment...

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:55 AM, CaptainWidget wrote:

    7X my money guaranteed!@!! Well as long as your media team is guaranteed to whip up a frenzy, I guess I don't care what your P/E ratio is....

    You know what immediately tipped me off that this was a April Fools joke. I immediately though "It costs at least a million dollars to go public these days, why would a company with low overhead and positive cash flow even bother?"

    It's sad that the most outlandish part of your article wasn't the sales copy, it's the fact that going public would be an uncharacteristically BAD business move in this day and age...

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:57 AM, Risky88 wrote:

    had me until i read 4.01!

    Lets see.... reinvest the earnings into REAL STOCKS to help my retirement in 40 some years!

    Or just corner the bubble gum market like other fools

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:57 AM, goalie37 wrote:

    I hope the price stays above $4.01. I want to be able to max out my available margin on this one. :)

    Fool On

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:01 AM, Rakka wrote:

    great job...looking forward to this...

    :)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:26 AM, DCRiga wrote:

    Oh, you had me going long enough to send that email! Hilarious!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:28 AM, BuddyBunny wrote:

    can anyone tell me how to recall the email and delete unread copy? anyone?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:37 AM, FrankDip wrote:

    I knew those full page ads in the WSJ had more behind them than some SuperDuperNova thingy!

    They just prepped the market for what I am sure will be on all day Monday on CNBC - the Facebook IPO can wait - it's FOOL time now.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:53 AM, Jazzenjohn1 wrote:

    I've sold my house to a neighbour via a quit claim deed to raise as much money as I can. I was only able to get 35 cents on the dollar, but seeing as this IPO will quadruple my moolah I'm good to go!! Fortunately we recently bought a refrigerator we can live out of until the lock out period ends and I can cash in!!! WooHoo !!!! BIG $$$$$$

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:24 AM, BIackout wrote:

    So.... is this fake or what?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:36 AM, arywillis wrote:

    Look at the date!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:50 AM, vspacer wrote:

    I'm in. I want to buy umm 1 million shares no no I mean 1 billion shares.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:50 AM, svalrani wrote:

    There is really no need to go public. I am planning on making and offer to buy out the entire company. Since i enjoy it more than facebook, I value it at 200 billion. Pls be patient, I am just trying to look for the money....

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 4:16 AM, mcmacs wrote:

    Shucks - you did it to me again! Had me going!... in fact it already is April 1st where I am in Shanghai. price = date, very clever.... fun fun Foolishness!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 5:50 AM, AsturJim wrote:

    really cool, you are always coming up with new ways to make us money, this is one of the best and what a price!!!!

    Stay Hungary and Stay foolish...love it!!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 5:59 AM, devoish wrote:

    Being the Socialist, Liberal, Treehugging Fool that I am told that I am, I am going to use my profit to purchase all of Manhattan Island, restore it to its original condition and return it to its original owners.

    With the rest of my gains I should be able to make a good start on a colony on the moon.

    Best wishes,

    Steven

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 6:06 AM, MNGPHR wrote:

    I am going to use all my profits to rid the earth of dihydrogen monoxide...dangerous stuff

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 6:08 AM, fireman9119ca wrote:

    Stocking up on shares as we speak, sold the corvette, house, dog and just working on movin' granny on Craiglist.

    I hope with my gains to purchased the INTERNET.

    Oh my friend well played, but when I own the INTETNET things will be a changin'

    FM

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 7:26 AM, Manifest wrote:

    Finally. What's the exchange rate for my PILE of e-Meringue shares from a few years ago?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 7:42 AM, GoIrish4 wrote:

    this is your best one yet! Nice job.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:14 AM, KarlFaber wrote:

    I guess the two Nobel laureates are Robert Merton and Myron Scholes. Nice of you that you give them a second chance ....

    Fool on,

    Henry

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:20 AM, XMFSalamander wrote:

    Please instruct the Fool Independence Fund (i.e. TMF mutual fund) to take a 10% position in the new Fool stock -- to make that IPO price a little more reasonable.

    (Since we've already reformed Congress insider trading, maybe it's time that we fix the broken underwriter-auditor industry)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:22 AM, CajunRon100 wrote:

    You had be going. I was already thinking about how much to invest...until I read that it was only for one day, today (Sunday?).

    So this one counts as one more "gotcha" for you.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:33 AM, health11 wrote:

    PERFECT timing!!!!

    Not a single number, NOT ONE! on that darned multi-billion dollar lotto..... now, I don't have to grovel to my boss!!!

    Whoo hoo!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:35 AM, health11 wrote:

    I just called Porsche to get a trade in estimate for a new 911 Turbo:

    They had never even heard of a Datsun B210 Hatchback! Sheesh!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:53 AM, GordonsGecko wrote:

    Will we finally be able to buy the Zippytrade 2000 when you go public?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:10 AM, outoffocus wrote:

    NICE!!! Will it be added to Supernova?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:22 AM, rmitchell101 wrote:

    Another April Fool star is born!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:28 AM, HaMb0 wrote:

    Definitely had me going until about half way through. I even glazed over the $4.01/share, just thinking "that's an odd price..."

    Well played, guys!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:43 AM, TopAustrianFool wrote:

    What is the Ticker?!!!

    I going to short this. But fast it won't take long for this to drop like ENRON...

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:48 AM, supernova17 wrote:

    Heh, April Fools!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:51 AM, Gordogato wrote:

    Sigh. I will have to wait to invest later this week because the wire transfer I've been expecting from the former Nigerian Oil Minister hasn't come through yet.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:53 AM, bossman5000 wrote:

    Hilarious. Ticker FOOL.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 10:08 AM, DelKlingon wrote:

    "pre-after-hours market" Nice touch.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 10:48 AM, Rollomc wrote:

    Once a Fool always a Fool!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 10:51 AM, fool3090 wrote:

    I'm selling all the boring dividend stocks held in my Roth IRA and buying FOOL. I'm naming my plan the Rule My Hidden Gems Supernova Rule Breaking Global Gains Retirement. Such strategery will bear the sweet fruit of unearned income, tax shelters and offshore accounts brokered by crooked Swiss bankers. Thank you, Motley Fool.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 10:56 AM, rahler99 wrote:

    OK guys, went for it hook, line and sinker. Good job too, are you sure you don't work for the government?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:48 AM, suunny wrote:

    You had me going for a minute until I realized it is Sunday and no trading. Thanks for the laugh.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:48 AM, VirtualDJ wrote:

    Wow... I am gullible. I was salivating until I started reading the comments.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:50 AM, vinceds wrote:

    Ahah, I almost bought it for a few minutes !!! Good one !

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:52 AM, LuckyYucks wrote:

    I went to sleep feeling like today was gonna be Christmas morning. It was better. Thank You!

    I am giggling all the way to the bank!!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:59 AM, pedigreebull wrote:

    I am 12 hours ahead. Great way to end the weekend!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:00 PM, stabbear wrote:

    I am ALL IN this with ALL my money!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:02 PM, SnowdriftFool wrote:

    Guys. Excellent ground floor op. I just called all my friends and relatives and am holding $2 billion in a swiss account with appropriate triggers attached to send the money to you before dawn. I have also set up a mangled flying mongoose butter-gator 5-legged synthetic option trade for April close at a $3 strike; it conforms to MFO guidelines.

    When all the dust settles I expect to be able to buy Apple, Samsung, Corning and Orbital outright, merge them, and make out like a bandit after launching the new satellite array.

    You guys are the best. Send me the forms ASAP so I can trigger the release of the 2 billion payment.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:04 PM, swingkid75 wrote:

    Put me down for as many shares as one meeeellion dollars (pinky finger in the corner of my mouth) will buy...moo hoo haha!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:05 PM, indian641 wrote:

    Laughed so hard I had tears; especially over many of the comments. Putting grannie on Craig's list topped them all. I'm a grannie; never dawned on me that I could be Craig's list material.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:20 PM, foolishlyretired wrote:

    Should have known too good to be true...you got me. Did not think about the date and the price. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:22 PM, giannelli5 wrote:

    You got me good. This is my first april first with the Fool so I was not suspecting this. Great laugh thanks!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:23 PM, MrOppy wrote:

    This is absolutely your day! Very Good. :D

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:26 PM, akaluna wrote:

    I actually answered the email and requested the forms thinking all the while...."How strange"

    Rock on with the Foolish Games!!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:27 PM, AliceinProLand wrote:

    You had to have a lot of Foolish fun with this! After the lightbulb went on, I wanted to see what you did with the video; the half off coupon for AAPL was a nice touch :-)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:29 PM, RUSTI wrote:

    Well NUTS! Just spent all my money buying tickets in the mega lottery this past week. But the good news is I could possibly come up with $4.01 and was hoping I could open a drip plan. I know the Fool opposes high plan fees and encourages a buy and hold strategy, which I believe gives me the best opportunity to participate in this historic offering. So I once again thank you for your kind response to my request to open a drip plan.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:29 PM, kozzMI wrote:

    Great fun, almost got out my dictionary for dyna..... whatever:)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:30 PM, jc09058 wrote:

    I love April 1st at the Fool. It's a hoot every year and I was looking forward to your email this year like I do every year. Love it all.

    Now, on a serious note, let me know when you REALLY want to go public. I will be all over that.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:32 PM, hrmtcrb wrote:

    Aaargh! Got me!

    Fooling on, hrmtcrb (Steve)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:33 PM, A2Matty wrote:

    Reading on my phone over brunch with the wife and kids, I was sending my e-mail and asking her how much money she had in all of her accounts and angry I didn't have more cash in my trading account She may be upset when I tell her we've been fooled. I suppose if I wait until after the wife hands over all of her money - then you will have helped me make out like a bandit!!! Well, at least until the kids take it from me.

    Skipped the S1 and even the comments - just off with the e-mail. I might have wired you money if you'd called first. Maybe that's a testament to how much we trust your site - or maybe an issue with the investment world (everyone looking for a quick buck).

    You've foolded a new fool (<1YR) quite easily. Kudos.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:33 PM, Awildride4me wrote:

    Watch out Apple, here come the Fools! Gee, can an "owner" get Super Nova for free?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:34 PM, Pennyxo wrote:

    Nice; had me going for a bit!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:35 PM, msullyo wrote:

    Can I invest at least $100,000 right now? Or more? Even though this is April Fools Day, it should be true:)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:38 PM, T5533 wrote:

    It wouldn't be April Fools Day without a good fool from the Fool!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:44 PM, JimDooley1975 wrote:

    The S-1 filing is excellent :) Fools can make gazillions selling the stock picker device!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 12:49 PM, anr2030 wrote:

    Sold my house and 2 cars. Got all the cash I need. Now all I need is that digital form. $$$$$

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:03 PM, FoolSolo wrote:

    April is here, already????

    Darn, I'm still waiting for my forms, I wonder what could be taking so long.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:28 PM, DocFoolery wrote:

    I pulled out my gold crowns and took them down to the pawnshop to get quick cash for nothing?!?!! gah!!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:30 PM, aldb wrote:

    great job -well done

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:31 PM, richardrollo wrote:

    It gets better every year.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:36 PM, Ozzy900 wrote:

    Rats!!! And after I've been playing AF jokes on everybody, I fell for this one COMPLETELY! Even talked my wife into mortgaging our lives, selling our dogs, to buy more share.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:36 PM, rando101 wrote:

    Wow fools

    the IPO SOUNDS GREAT.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:38 PM, schiff34 wrote:

    lmao, as i was telling my wife about this i clicked on the S-1 link and realized how i'd been fooled. love the new stock picking technology, although the old method of being blindfolded and throwing darts at random tickers is outdated I think the new method will at least saves darts and be more environmentally friendly.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:40 PM, Marmadukemark wrote:

    What are all of you talking about? I was able to pick up 1 meeelion shares!

    Cant wait until until the fat cats drive the share price up to 1 meeelion dollars! Let me see . . . I'll make, uh, excell tells me 1E+12! Wow!

    NOW, I can retire!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:48 PM, Marmadukemark wrote:

    The Fools are no fools! They made a mint from the Scottrade links.

    Say Fools, how's about cutting your IPO investors a slice of that pie?

    Tasty!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:51 PM, JayCee111 wrote:

    too easy, too simple. We are Motley Fools but not April fools....if this is an IPO, you guys go to jail tomorrow...:-)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:58 PM, pastorekr wrote:

    I realized it was an April fools joke after trying to redeem the 1/2 off Apple coupon by calling Steve Jobs. He did not return my calls.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 1:58 PM, jamesp717 wrote:

    Is this an April FOOLS joke ?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:04 PM, Patf9 wrote:

    Darn, I was so hoping this was true. And if so I would put as much money as I could find, beg or borrow! :)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:04 PM, FoolAnil wrote:

    Founders selling all their shares was the red flag!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:06 PM, elisa18 wrote:

    Brilliant! Put me down for a million. I love the choice of date to go public.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:21 PM, gilsh wrote:

    very nice A.F's.D effort. I loved the LTCM no-chance-to-lose touch. Fool On !

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:30 PM, seashell804 wrote:

    I've done my due diligence and read the S1 from start to finish. I am going to take that break you suggested and ponder how i am going to round up enough apple coupons to make my purchase for Supernova. Maybe i'll take a nap first. I love April 1st.

    P.S. I promise to call my mom later.

    P.P.S. could you get some new music for the next video like maybe something from Star Wars? or Motely Crue?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:36 PM, jomaio wrote:

    I fell for it. I guess I should have read the comments before applying. I guess there is no fool like an old fool.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:39 PM, mike2153 wrote:

    I'm no fool.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 2:54 PM, livinlifeoutloud wrote:

    Emailed my interest!!! :-D Thanks for the fooling!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 3:01 PM, MUMBOJOAN wrote:

    lOOKING FORWARD TO THE FOOL AVAILABILITY TO ALL.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 3:08 PM, golfnski wrote:

    Fantastic.

    With a no-brainer like this, I'm going all in.

    Can't wait to give the boss the 'ole Johnny Paycheck!

    ;-)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 3:09 PM, daya wrote:

    wow 7 bagger would have been cool for a fool!!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 3:18 PM, TMFBreakerRob wrote:

    All those millions of dollars that are coming from a great guy in Nigeria will go directly to purchasing shares in this stupendous deal!

    I'm also willing to work a deal with you guys to buy my house for some shares as well. The realtor says it's underwater so that should make it even more attractive to you (a water location is always desirable). The horse and cats are negotiable.

    I may also be a winner in a lottery, so sign me up for shares from that as well.

    This is great! Now I can retire! Oh wait..... I'm already retired.....hmmmm.......

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 3:20 PM, Yakush wrote:

    Nicely done Fools! :)

    A perfect Fool's Action of the (fool) Day

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 3:21 PM, POORFOOLWEALTHY wrote:

    I did not win the lottery, have no money, but would like to purchase 4.01 billion shares. Could I borrow the money from FOOLS for just one day as I will sell my shares on the close of markets tomorrow. I should easily be able to afford to pay FOOLS back then with the 25 billion dollars I will receive! Actually, this is so much better than winning the lottery as we don't have to worry about having a remote chance of winning! We all have an equal chance!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 3:25 PM, broberts80 wrote:

    Per the "excellent" Form S-1 Registration, apparently Tom Gardner is younger than himself: 44 as an executive officer and 42 as chairman of the board. Also, I missed the name of the bank holding company we're supposed to be investing in here? =)

    For those still gathering cash to invest in this once in a life time flopper-tunity, the Form S-1 Registration is nowhere to be found in the SEC filings on the SEC Web site (http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html) by company name or ticker symbol.

    There are a few filings of interest for "Motley Fool":

    CIK Company State/Country

    0001512814 Motley Fool Asset Management LLC VA

    0001449871 MOTLEY FOOL FUNDS TRUST VA

    0001096192 MOTLEY FOOL INC

    Also, no filings for ticker FOOL.

    Interestingly enough, the actual SEC filings show a few REAL tidbits including that The Motley Fool, Inc. intended to raise $985K in working capital in 2002, but instead raised $3.88M through a private offering of unregistered securities (Rule 506) per SEC file # 021-48372 or CIK # 0001096192. Apparently America Online, Inc. was/is an investor.

    Now, that makes be feel like I've not entirely wasted my time. Thanks, guys. I might not have known this otherwise. Nice to have some real and interesting facts for a change!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 3:33 PM, jgcampbell7762 wrote:

    Gee, I'm more of a sucker than I thought.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 3:48 PM, rr4b326mkt wrote:

    Gee! It sounded tooooo good 2 b true, and it is.

    Whil reading the S1, I believe Klik and Klack were involved with their staff!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 4:00 PM, Handley88 wrote:

    I have not read Fool's Rules completely, but am sure they prevent me from saying what I'm thinking!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 4:05 PM, TomMar100 wrote:

    Thanks for the forms the bird loves them. :)

    Happy 4/1 & Thanks for the laugh.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 4:09 PM, Notfooled1 wrote:

    How do I sell the Gardner "boys" short?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 4:30 PM, kayakmastr wrote:

    I love the Fool! They educate, enrich, and continually amuse!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 4:34 PM, zinser wrote:

    With that back of the napkin corporate structure sketch, I'm all in baby. Some of the best ideas have come from napkin sketches!

    From Pets.com to Flooz.com, all were napkin doodles at one point. And toss a SIV in the middle? Wall street financial engineers have nothing on you gents. Well done!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 4:48 PM, SergeyMsv wrote:

    I was on a hook though the first three paragraphs. Very funny joke indeed!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 5:05 PM, spook47 wrote:

    I'm going to save my winnings so I can really cash in on the next mega-million lottery with meta tickets :)

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 5:19 PM, Fool4Love wrote:

    Fell for it without reading carefully, especially between the lines. Thanks, guys, for keeping us on our toes.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 5:31 PM, wjcoffman wrote:

    Separating the "F"ools from the greedy "f"ools.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 5:35 PM, karefrey wrote:

    Whew, this is just what I needed. After spending my 401k and child's college savings this week on Mega MIllions and losing, this will get me back on my retirement plan.

    Thanks guys. I always look forward to your "changes" on 4/1. Now I just have to be ready when my daughter tries to get me today.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 5:45 PM, Ares07 wrote:

    So this means we get real money for our fake stock picks now right? Haha Fools to you too!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 6:10 PM, maxnik0215 wrote:

    Awesome

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 6:23 PM, Futuroyolo wrote:

    This April fools joke just told me about the quality of users on this website. Great joke, but I think this might hurt my overall view of the content being delivered by its users. If users actually believed this who knows what they base their stock buys/sells on. Anyone that e-mailed in for the form please put an asteriks next to their name so I know not to take into account anything they have submitted on this site. Hats off to the guys that came up with this. It is fool.com after all.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 6:25 PM, don28bits wrote:

    I'd like to purchase 300 shares at $4.01 each.

    How can I do this? don28bits

    donbits@verizon.net

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 6:31 PM, bizaircon wrote:

    Point taken.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 6:53 PM, Voltaire wrote:

    I almost forgot what day it is. Good one.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 6:58 PM, billstauf wrote:

    I have tried for 2-3 hours to let you know of my interest in your initial public offering. For some reason my emails have not been accepted by you. Is this the way you are going to run the new Motley Fool publically traded company????

    billstauf@aol.ccom

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 7:07 PM, 87510 wrote:

    Gee, too bad the OMG ticker is already taken.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 7:34 PM, vinisin wrote:

    Bastards!!!!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 7:39 PM, NationalMatch wrote:

    Only if it's optionable. Well done guys.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 7:45 PM, dadb2 wrote:

    Being a fisherman I fell for that one hook, line and sinker as they say! great job guys!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 7:46 PM, DavidAMarr wrote:

    April fools. Day what a good one

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 7:47 PM, Buffettinvestor wrote:

    What?? No prospectus?? :D

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 7:53 PM, Basilleaf wrote:

    Awesome April Fool Story

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:21 PM, F4Phanatic wrote:

    Is it April Phools Day again!

    Phool on,

    F4Phanatic

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:22 PM, ybckorea wrote:

    My April Fools day had already come and gone when I read this tasty morsel of greed. So I was ready yesterday for all that comes and today you really fooled me. Loved and laughed over all the comments, especially the one about the character of those of us who can be fooled. I'm gonna go cry now for my lost retirement along with lost Bristish Lottery winnings and all that Nigerian money that stills needs a little information from me to collect.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:23 PM, gman2012 wrote:

    Happy Fools' day. Enjoy the fun!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:30 PM, voelkels wrote:

    Am I too late to get in on this IPO? I didn’t receive the Gardner’s e-mail until after I left for church and “work” today. I lit the usual candle at the shrine of Saint Expedite, “Our Lady of Prompt Sucker” and spent the rest of the day on Bourbon Street selling bridge stock to the marks - I mean fans who were down here for the Final Four games in N’Orleans and just got home with money to invest.

    C.J.V. - always lookin fur good investments, me

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:38 PM, christopherstitt wrote:

    I am SOOOOO excited to be able to pick up as many "classy" shares of this fantastic company as possible. You guys are truly in a class (a, b, or c) of your own. FOOL on!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 8:47 PM, ASFool wrote:

    Happy Fools' day.

    Good one. ha aha ha

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:02 PM, epm0306 wrote:

    lol.. good one!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:12 PM, Raymez wrote:

    WOW am I gullible or what? Maybe one too many beers today. Didn't even see that coming. I was getting ready to sell my scrap aluminum to buy another couple shares. THAT WAS AWESOME!!! Fool on.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:23 PM, Biff704 wrote:

    Right now I am soooo glad I kept my account on the Halifax stock exchange. It will trade on the Halifax exchange, Right?

    Thanks for another great one.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 9:46 PM, EK40 wrote:

    Being retired and on a diet, this one didn't sit well with my stomach. Guess I'll go get a bowl of ice cream.

    Good one guys!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 10:09 PM, RiverboatRap wrote:

    Excellent. Your had me until the PPS. Great job.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 10:49 PM, Sandhu44 wrote:

    I was getting ready to sell majority of my portfolio to get in on this investment. Good one.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 10:50 PM, Oldmangene wrote:

    <i>"I have also set up a mangled flying mongoose butter-gator 5-legged synthetic option trade for April close at a $3 strike; it conforms to MFO guidelines."</i>

    I have a piggy bank I will raid............and I want one of these gutter-gator 5-leffed synthetic options too.

    Sign me up for as many shares as David is taking...........I will get the money from my mommy!

    Great Post! Too bad we cannot have more IPO's

    (Idiot Position Options)

    Working on Sunday will give you grey hair, like mine.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 10:51 PM, lumberjohn wrote:

    And I won the Mega Millions drawing on Friday. I'm going to take my winnings and buy up all the shares. I'm going to own you Fool!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 10:52 PM, karlisaac wrote:

    You guys got me! I completely forgot about what today is.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 10:53 PM, TXRob wrote:

    Gotta get in on this one!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:00 PM, DaMofo wrote:

    I always love the thought and energy you put into your April Fools Day stories. Great job. Fool on.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:01 PM, Oldmangene wrote:

    With my winnings I am setting up to sell tickets for a 10 Billion Dollar lottery-Option Bail-Out offering to everyone who is a Fool, and enjoying it as much as I. You may contact me at space station Fool On any time between now and when the opening bell is rung by Warren B.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:07 PM, mikecart1 wrote:

    How do I buy the shares? No one from TMF has answered my messages. Is it possible to buy in pre-market tomorrow? Also why are the shares valued with $4.01 and not just $4? That makes no sense. I will try to contact someone again in the morning before the market opens. Is the ticker going to be TMF or something else?

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:08 PM, Estrogen wrote:

    always apprciate your guys lighthearted approach to a topic that can be all to serious for some.

    Keep the educational, long term, approach going!

    Thanks for the excellent service to all Fools.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:14 PM, henauer wrote:

    okay... So how much is that in Bitcoin? I just tried to mortgage my properties on the Moon and on Mars for some more scratch but Bank of America says it'll take 5 business days .... So would you take the deeds in payment till then?

    I really need to maximise my upward potential... I'm Swiss, so of course I want to use the money to buy my own chocolate factory.... Problem is Nestle is too diversified and their profits come more from coffee than chocolate so that won't do! There's Lindt & Sprungli, but they really do pay their dividends in chocolate, so no Swiss will sell any of the stock once they own it I- inherited my single stock from my Grandmother! ( no really ... That is the gods honest truth)

    So I found out that Mars Inc. isn't publicly traded and still family owned..... If this Foolish IPO works.... I'm going back to B of A and convince them to Robosign any mortgages on the Mars Chocolate factories.... Et Voila, I'll be the Swiss Willy Wonka!!! Fool on!

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:14 PM, rewaldoo wrote:

    I am going to pass on the Fool IPO so I can save all my money for Westport Innovations.

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:48 PM, Joshdwashere wrote:

    I was so excited! lesson learned...

  • Report this Comment On April 01, 2012, at 11:57 PM, luvitorleav wrote:

    Well, if this were Friday, I would have used the proceeds to buy 175 million Mega Million tickets. Had me going, though

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 12:19 AM, dsalhany73 wrote:

    I suppose we can just about guess what the next Rule Breaker recommendation next month will be...

    We can put it next to some other great recent IPO recommendations like Zillow, HomeAway, Travel Zoo and LinkedIn.

    LOL!!

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 12:19 AM, mkies wrote:

    hook, line, and sinker...I wuz Fool'd! Very nice!

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 12:23 AM, Noshe wrote:

    I could not open the form that was sent back. so frustrated!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 12:23 AM, rschuckle wrote:

    As part of the IPO you need to create the Fool Intelligence Backwardation ETF fund (FIB ETF). The fund seeks to drive down the future contract price of investor intelligence and thereby creating a permanent state of backwardation to be reaped by the Fool ETF holders. The faster you can drive down intelligence of the investing community the larger the gains.

    Fool On

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 1:02 AM, cjradon wrote:

    Guess I'm just gullible, but you'd think in this day, these economic issues, you wouldn't mess around with peoples hopes and dreams. Not Funny. Shame on you. Can't believe I'm the only one considering cancelling my subscriptions.

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 1:25 AM, fooltyme wrote:

    Oh Darn !

    I always miss the good buys. I got so busy boxing up all my wealth to send to you guys that I didn't notice the nmidnight hour had passed. I'm sorry. It wadn't a vety big box anyhow. I'll try to do better next year.

    Can I still keep the capiital "F" on my moniker or must I revert to the small "f" version ?

    Fooltyme

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 2:14 AM, EddieCabo wrote:

    Nice....... hehehe you got me until "we won't frown at anyone selling a seven-bagger in less than 24 hours"..... I said to myself... that doesn't sound very fool-like.... good one though!

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 2:18 AM, kaisaleemi wrote:

    Hysterical. I emailed them too cuz it was already the 2nd here in Afghanistan. Totally forgot about April Fools Day, not much of an occasion out here :P Fool on...

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 4:24 AM, mrshastri wrote:

    You guys got me again. :)

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 6:49 AM, ashish08902 wrote:

    Knowing about SUC SOI I felt that was a smart move to deliver! Yes I also agree that the "quiet period" should be extended ... now that I have the allocated shares, I am going writing a COVERED PUT on TMF ... Hey in the end it's just business right? ;-)

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 8:19 AM, alhommesr wrote:

    Was better to be fooled then to miss out on that make believe IPO..... You definitely got me!

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 8:42 AM, ziq wrote:

    Not one of their best. Everyone seems to have gotten it.

    But heck, sure, I'll max out all my credit card cash advances and buy in!

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 8:59 AM, ruffinready wrote:

    My wife had just commented that we hadn't been fooled yet. Well done guys, this really accented the Ruff in my Ruffinready. Boy was I ready.

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 9:55 AM, RichComments wrote:

    I have been advised by my friends Moe, Curley & Larry to use thier lawyers, Dowee Screwum & How to force specific compliance with your offer!

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 10:19 AM, StarWitchDoctor wrote:

    "to any twerps that doubted us". I love it. excellent use of irony.

    Scott

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 10:37 AM, rickybrez wrote:

    PUNKED !! Ashton would be proud ;[

    Good one Fools. Remember, we were only asking for further information.

    Hey, isn't it April 2nd already?

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 11:33 AM, hburdge wrote:

    My how greed makes the heart race!

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 12:08 PM, TDL5150 wrote:

    I hate April fools day....

    Though I still might hold you guys to this.... lol

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 4:11 PM, Irishfreckle wrote:

    Guess I am late to the party......typical

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 4:40 PM, jmv1953 wrote:

    Why do you have that annoying format of pretending to give a stock tip only to find out at the end you have to buy something? Just say it up front, you will only get this tip if you are willing to buy. If you have these xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx, fool services already you get this article at your home site. I am so sick of this format I am not sure I will be renewing my membership. You are no different than the rest of wall street. all you want to do is sell your services. I have yet to see you recommend anything that has not already been recommended by Cramer!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 5:49 PM, dunnydame wrote:

    Geez! So it was all fake.

    And just in case the price dropped instead of rose, I was already planning on covering my bets by drafting the pump-and-dump "newsletter" to be mass-mailed in a month or so. I know the Fool office would have paid me at least $250,000 for preparing a really good one.

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 6:30 PM, dunnydame wrote:

    Oops - correction. It's not the Fools who would've paid me (they'd have already sold their stock as per the terms of their tantalizing offering); it would be my fellow FOOL investors.

  • Report this Comment On April 02, 2012, at 7:44 PM, JJPM wrote:

    It got me!

    It was surprise that it expires so fast. It usually allow sometime for us Fool to react.

    April Fool.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2012, at 8:22 PM, picturethis1 wrote:

    Talking heads always have something to say.

    try to stop them

    YOU CANNOT

  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2012, at 10:49 AM, gimponthego wrote:

    You can fool some of the people ALL of the time...All of the people...Some of the time, but a true fool saw this coming from 4.01 miles oy vay!!! :O) Love you guys..now clean that room up, it's a mess!

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2012, at 2:50 AM, Franbruff wrote:

    Can you tell how many Fools were whipped up into a frenzy? I took to long to order my forms!

    Is it time to short this baby?

    Whipped Franbruf

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