Friday, April 1, 2011

Are you a fool? Or a fooler?

Every year on the first of April we all kind of think... Oh? What should we do for fun today? But we are such lame-brains we can't seem to think of anything.

Inevitably, every year, one of the kids will resort to their old stand-by April Fool's joke- wrapping a rubber band around the handle of the sprayer on the kitchen sink so that when someone comes by and turns on the faucet, they get an impromptu shower. Hilarious! The first time. But not so much the eighth time.

The only April Fool's jokes that stand out in my memory includes one I played on my older kids when they were elementary ages. They knew when April Fool's Day was so they planned to play a joke on their mother. They turned all the clocks ahead an hour to make mom get out of bed an hour early that morning. I was ahead of them because it wasn't my first rodeo. After they went to bed the previous night, I found an old calender that showed April 1 as being the previous day and hung it in place of the real calender. The next morning when the kids were shouting ha! ha! Mom! We played a joke on you! I replied with, Well you missed April Fool's Day. That was yesterday. I remember them running to the calender to prove to me that they were right. Their faces fell as they saw that Mom was right and their joke was foiled. Then I revealed my joke and laughter reigned.

The other joke that I still chortle about was played on a certain person who shall remain nameless to protect his dignity. I (or was it the kids?) had replaced the adult-sized underwear in his drawer with identical looking child-sized underwear. In the wee hours of the morning, getting dressed in the dark, this un-named person could not figure out why his underwear wouldn't go past his knees. *I* thought it was hysterical!!


How about you? Have you played any good jokes? We need some good ideas around here!
Tell me about your best April Fool joke. Were you the fooler? Or the fool?


  1. Not really a fooler. I may have to try the underwear switcheroo...

  2. Got spaghetti dinner in bed one morning... early.
    The best one was one that my husband pulled on a co-worker. in my opinion. There was a broken chair that kept making it's way around the office. If you leaned back to far, it would jerk like it was going to break. If someone got it, they'd wait until someone else was at lunch and then swap chairs with them. So once my husband put it in Wavern's office. Wavern came back from lunch and as usual leaned way back studying a problem. The chair broke all the way and he landed flat on his back on the floor. Looking straight up because what else can you do when laying on the floor he noticed a sign taped to his ceiling. It said, Careful - broken chair. Happy April Fool's Day!

  3. Oh, the sign really gilded that lily!

  4. Hey! YOU did not do the underwear thing. Kristin and I thought of and executed it, it's just the YOU got to reap the benefits. We hadn't thought of the fact that we wouldn't actually get to see it. You told us all about it, though.

    We also always used to put that wooden apple in Dad's lunch...

    Heard one on NPR today. The program host was interviewing someone who was telling all about a new radio broadcast in which random people's tweets are read aloud in a barely-intelligible computer voice for two solid hours every day. They talked on and on about how popular it's become, criticism and reviews, etc. The host was trying to be enthusiastic, but you could tell that she thought it was pretty lame. At the end she found out it was not a real story and the joke was on her.

    I tried and tried to think of something today, but was too lame-brained. I'll have to keep the "spaghetti for breakfast" thing in mind for next year...

  5. Katie- Well *I* definitely do not remember it that way!

  6. We grew up playing tricks, or trying to on our Dad...the best...he used to used a shampoo that was dark brown..we exchanged it for maple syrup and listened at the bathroom door for a yell or grumble..anything. What we got was NOTHING. He never said a word and years later when we bring it up, he just smiles.

  7. Well, you've even said that you don't remember things very well...

    Do you remember that we hid the correctly sized underwear and you didn't know where it was? You couldn't tell him where to find it because you didn't know...

  8. Jensamom23- that is wicked. And your dad got you back good.


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