Ah, April Fool’s Day. The day to make fools of friends, loved ones, and enemies.
I’m not big on April Fool’s Day. I don’t really have much of a practical joke sense of humor. I also can’t believe anything anyone says that day, which can end up being very awkward if something legitimately significant actually happens. My April Fool’s Days are usually spent on the sidelines, though on occasion I will aid and abet.
My favorite April Fool’s Day joke that I participated in happened back when I wrote for a wrestling website.
Our head honcho came up with the idea to make it look like a parent group against wrestling (very prevelant at the time) had taken over our domain name. He actually laid the groundwork a few days ahead of time, posting an announcement on the site and having all of us writers sell it to our readers. Come April 1st, he switched the site to the joke layout.
The new columns that appeared on the site were written in such a way that they started off very serious and the farther along you read, the more ridiculous they got. It was really quite good. We ended up getting a lot of traffic and most people who got the joke thought it was hilarious.
However, some people didn’t get the joke and we ended up fielding several emails about it. Of course, we straightened them out. Eventually.
All of us were pretty proud of tha tjoke and we were never able to top it.
It’s been over ten years since I played my small part in that and no aiding and abetting I’ve done since then has paled in comparison. If fact they’re so pale, I can’t even remember them.
Enjoy your fooling.
Save anything serious for tomorrow.