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Humor: April Fools’ Edition

This post was submitted by Kira

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Happy April Fools’ Day All!

Love it, hate it, or scared stiff about it? For some it is the best day of the year — a get out of jail free card to scheme and conduct as many pranks possible. For some it is just a run-of-the-mill day, nothing more, nothing less. Regardless of your personal preference, it is usually necessary to remain alert and even a little on edge throughout the 24-hour period, just in case!

So in honor of April Fools’ Day, we asked the staff the following:

What is your favorite memory of a practical joke?

Michael – Co-founder & Webmaster

When I was perhaps 8 years old, my grandmother was staying with us for a month spanning April 1. I decided I needed to get back at him for being such a bully, and my grandma suggested I sew the legs of his PJs closed. It only took a few minutes before he figured out what was going on, but it was pretty awesome while it lasted.

Carrie – Boston Editor

When I was in 5th grade, I heard about what seemed like The Greatest Prank Ever to my eleven year old self. It involved unscrewing the shower head and filling it with powdered Kool-Aid mix so that when the “prankee” went to take a shower, he or she would get their hair full of red sugary mess. Needless to say, my dad didn’t find it funny when he was getting ready for work on April 1. Worse yet, I completely underestimated Kool-Aid’s ability to remain in shower heads so I too became victim of my own joke for the next few days.

t – Columnist

In college, my friend and I wrapped our roommate’s mattress in bubblewrap. Coincidentally, that night he brought a girl a home. 10 minutes after closing his door we heard a barrage of little pops. He yelled out “what the hell?!” and yanked his door open but he had this big grin on his face. It killed the mood but was totally worth it.

Topher Burns – TV Columnist

I had the same teacher and same core group of classmates from 3rd grade through 5th grade, and as such we were a pretty tight little clan. I can’t recall how this specific prank started, but every Friday after afternoon recess we had a hallowed tradition (aptly referred to in awed whispers as “The Tradition”) in which we would hide from our teacher, and when he came back from recess duty we’d jump out at him. God bless that man, because for three years we hid in the same obvious spots in that 25′x25′ portable, jumping out and shouting “TRADITION!” like we’d just done the most clever thing in the world (or perhaps were tenaciously plugging for Fiddler on the Roof?), and he laughed and exclaimed every time.

Jean – Columnist

I dont think I’ve ever actually done an April Fools day prank, however once when i was 10 or 11 my brother suggested I call a free joke line for some April Fools jokes. The number was something like “180099QUICK” – so I went to the phone to discover I’d been pranked. There was no Q on the dial pad.

Zack Rosen – Editor-in-Chief

I’m not much of a prankster, though I am very easy to prank because my innate midwestern gullibility. When I was in highschool my favorite classic rock station – the 60s and 70s kind, not the generally rightwing 70s and 80s kind – started playing backstreet boys and announced they had switched their formula to top 40. The idea of not having an outlet for my ELO/Gordon Lightfoot/Crispin St. Peters interests was very upsetting… until I realized they had punked me. Thanks for the heart attack, 97.1 FM The Drive. Someday I’ll forgive you.

Hannah Everhart – Contributor

When I was in high school on a church mission trip we had “tacky tourist day”. Basically we went on a Goodwill run and found the most mis-matched, bright, hideous clothing we could and went to tacky tourist spots–the looks on people’s faces seeing a group of twenty high schoolers and two youth directors dressed up to the nine’s in tacky was priceless!

Troy Chatterton – Contributor

The recent escape of the Egyptian cobra at the Bronx Zoo this week reminded me of a cruel prank I did when I was around 13 years old. It happened at the Cincinnati zoo. I bought a rubber snake at the zoo’s gift shop, and while inside the Reptile House, placed the snake on the floor and yelled SNAKE!!! I can still hear that family screaming, and running (with stroller) for their lives. For those that have not heard about the cobra’s escape – its worth a read. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/28/134921355/psst-heard-about-the-missing-cobra-at-the-bronx-zoo

Hans – Columnist

After I took the AP Psych exam my senior year of high school, we had a week with nothing to do and the teacher pretty much let us roam free. It was one of those “do whatever you want, but don’t bring my name into it if you get caught” deals. There was a line of freshman lockers smothered in stickers right outside of the room, so a few of my friends and I spent about half an hour carefully removing every one of them and replacing them in the exact same spot – one locker to the left. Some of those kids were 15 minutes late to their next class, no joke.

Kira – Food Columnist

When I was in kindergarten, my teacher switched the food in all the students’ lunchboxes. I remember being very upset because I found yogurt and tomatoes in my lunch box–two things which I loathed as a child.

Levi – Columnist

I guess this technically counts as something done TO me, though it wasn’t to my specifically. One of the senior pranks done while I was in high school (my class didn’t do it, we weren’t clever enough) was the rigging the school video announcements so that one day there was a surprise porn clip played at the end. The whole school went nuts (no pun intended).

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