One of the best days of the year to have a little fun. Growing up, I remember the jokes in the newspaper, on TV, by my parents and friends. Doesn’t feel as prevalent as it once was though… hope I’m wrong.
I can’t remember the pranks played on me, they were so long ago, but being gullible, I was always fooled and loved it. Our lives have become so busy we’ve forgotten how much fun a stupid joke or prank can be.
Wikipedia even covers the subject (big surprise). Read the full story here:
The custom of setting aside a day for the playing of harmless pranks upon one’s neighbor is recognized everywhere. Some precursors of April Fools’ Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria, the Holi festival of India, and the Medieval Feast of Fools.
While reading my usual news feeds this morning I came across a really good prank by Google. Great to see a corporate giant getting into the spirit, they are exceedingly good it. If you haven’t already seen their offering yet, visit elgooG.
I played an April Fools joke on a colleague this morning. He was on his way to visit an important project. I sent him a text saying there had been a flood in the tunnels he was visiting. After a few texts back and forth, he called for more details. I was vague and promised to look up the story when I got to the office. Some time later, I texted him a URL for the story; “www.aprilfools.com”. Took him a few minutes to respond with “bastard”… a success.
That’s how easy it is…
So, get out there, have some fun, play some pranks on your family and friends then sit back and enjoy the chaos. Remember though, what comes around, goes around.
Some good ideas can be found here: April Fool Zone.
Update: remember that joke I played on my colleague? He turned it around on me. He sent me pictures of the flooded tunnels saying how my joke turned out to be true! I was shocked. He messaged my later in the morning with “April Fools”… the bastard.
Again, that’s how easy it is…