Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Not Gonna Do It...

No April Fool's day joke this year. Y'all see right through me, plus anyone sharp enough to read this blog would *obviously* know to check the calendar and not believe anything they read today, right?

Instead, here are some April Fool's day ideas and great historical gags...

27 Pranks You Need To Really Own April Fool’s Day

I especially like the Diet Coke made from soy sauce and Sprite. That's ingenious!

The Best April Fools’ Pranks Ever

I think Alabama redefining pi to be 3.0 "to keep it closer to the biblical value" is sheer comic GOLD.

17 Easy April Fools' Day Pranks To Play On Your Friends

The Chewbacca roar contest is pretty epic...

For the office:

9 Classic Office April Fool's Pranks That Will Never Die

They didn't have my favorite, which is the classic "cover everything in the victim's office in aluminum foil" prank.

For the parents:

15 April Fools' Day Pranks

I've pre-emptively signed my son up for the Marine Corp. Joke's on them.

And lastly, the biggest April Fool's day joke yet:

Enjoy the day, folks...

That is all.


wolfwalker said...

Having had too damn many vicious "pranks" pulled on me in the past, I care little for April Fools Day. However... being a geek, one relatively good-natured one that I'll always remember is the "ancient rope-and-pulley computer" reported in the April 1988 issue of Scientific American, built by the otherwise-mysterious Apraphulian culture.

Sailorcurt said...

The only relatively elaborate one I ever pulled:

I "retired" from the navy after 21 years of active service about a year before meeting my current wife.

For those who don't know how the military works, you don't really "retire" until you've got 30 years in. However, after 20, you can transfer to the inactive reserves and receive a "retainer" check every month in an amount based on your rank and active duty time when you leave active duty.

So, from the time you transfer to the inactive reserves, until your actual retirement after 30 years of service, you are subject to recall to active duty at any time.

It rarely happens, but it is technically possible. That's the setup.

Not too long after we were engaged, the dreaded day cam around.

I basically took an old, official document from the Navy and edited it (in proper bureaucratese of course) to say that I was being recalled to active duty and was to report to the USS Nimitz, currently deployed to the Indian Ocean, for a 9 month deployment.

I made sure the document was two pages long so that on the second page, the very last sentence was "April Fools."

I put it in an old DON envelope I'd received something or another in. We had happened to have been invited to a party with some of her co-workers (why they chose April 1, I don't know). She went to the party after work and I met her there, so after arriving, I handed her the envelope and said I'd just gotten it in the mail. I warned her to read the whole thing.

It was classic. As she read the first couple of paragraphs the color drained from her face, she started sputtering and fuming "how can they DO this..." I kept urging her to keep reading but she just got madder and madder, then she finally got to that last sentence and...

Well, let's just say that it took a while for her to see the humor in it.

Once she did, though, it was pretty funny.

That pales in the face of some of the other classics that have been pulled, but it's the most ingenious (or devious, depending on how you look at it) I've ever gotten.

Dave H said...

Sailorcurt, I'm glad Dad didn't try that on Mom when he got out of the Navy. He'd have ended up in a shallow grave somewhere and Mom would have got the chair.

As it was, being home with us all the time gave him an ulcer so he was released from inactive reserve early.