Yesterday was April Fools’, a special holidday for assholes act like themselves and then be like WHAT? IT’S APRIL FOOLS! LIGHTEN UP, BRAH.
The entire world turns into scammers and the entire world turns into skeptics.
I admit that I am a huge fan of the well-done prank. Historically, I’m a lover of April Fools’ Day. But lately I’m finding it tired and boring. I feel like all the good pranks have been done. All the mean and lazy pranks keep going and I want to punch every person who says “WHAT? IS THIS AN APRIL FOOLS PRANK” in place of their usual “WHAT? IS THIS AN ONION ARTICLE?” when they come across awful things in the news.
I was also way over April Fools’ after about 3 hours of my two year old daughter trying to get me to believe she lost her ears. Her ears. Because she thinks I’m stupid. Eventually I just told her I was sorry, but I accidentally flushed them down the toilet and I won’t get her a new pair because she’s irresponsible and reckless. She cried for a long time. Whatever. You wanted to prank with the big kids.
She got back at me today by peeing on my foot. Which is kind of bullshit because day-after pranks are out-of-bounds. As are pranks where you pee on someone.
One thing I think is interesting is the number of skeptics who just turn the internet off on April 1. A lot of us are incredibly gullible and have adopted skepticism as a survival skill. For those of us in that camp, sometimes April Fools’ can just be endlessly overwhelming and intellectually and emotionally exhausting, an entire day where you have to check and recheck and recheck every fact, knowing you’re a target but not knowing who the shooters are or where they are, just that they’re out to get you. It’s a lot to handle.
What do you think of April Fools’ Day? Do you like pranks, getting pranked, pranking people? Did you play any great pranks? Do you take extra precautions on April 1? Will we ever come up with a better icon for fools than Mr T?
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