Getting Real about April Fool’s Day

April Fools’ Day is like the worst amateur night ever, except instead of a night, it’s the entire day and it’s not limited to a two-drink minimum comedy club. I’m sure you think you’re so clever, you friends who change your relationship status or birthday on Facebook, you professors who decide to say you’ve lost all the midterms and they’ll have to be retaken, you parents who tell your adult children that you’re getting a divorce (not cool, even today), you girlfriends who tell your boyfriends that you’re pregnant, and you coworkers who put signs on the coffee saying “Decaf”. I regret to inform you, but none of that is hilarious and none of that will earn you any high-fives (contrary to unpopular belief, high fives are awesome and never excessive [Ed. note: excessive high fiving is stupes…central]).

As someone who loves playing practical jokes throughout the year, even at the expense of friendships/relationships, I’m just saying, this is the one day of the year when people expect to be tricked. Some people forget throughout the day and still get fooled, I know, but there’s no accomplishment in getting them to believe something stupid for five seconds. If you’re going to try and live up the true spirit of April Fools’ Day, do something above and beyond the bare minimum (example: instead of putting a sign on the coffee, actually switch the coffee in those pots to decaf. It’s not much, but it’s something). If you can’t think of anything to do on that level, don’t do anything. It’s better to not pull a trite practical joke than to, for five seconds, convince your girlfriend that you have herpes.

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4 responses to “Getting Real about April Fool’s Day

  1. Worst amateur night is New Year’s Eve. I don’t go out on that night or on St Patty’s Day either. I’m a professional. Don’t try this at home.

  2. I was able to trick someone into thinking that Gmail Motion was real, until she actually clicked on the signup link. Hey, it was fun! She apparently believed it for more than five seconds, at least. :/

  3. I feel lucky that the people I know are past the April Fool pranks. Although I think they would have a right to mess with me. A friend of mine told me that she had warned one of her friends that she was going to play a nasty prank on her for this past AF’s. Well, her friend waited and waited in anticipation. Then the day came. Nothing happened. That was the prank. I got a little chuckle, but once we start joking by not joking, we’ve all run outta steam and need to give the day about a 20 year rest.

  4. Mo

    I told my fuckbuddy that I had Syphillis. (In a very cursory, manner-of-fact manner as I then changed the conversation….)

    She almost died.

    You mean something like that?

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