April Sage’s Day

Bah humbug.

April Fool’s Day is a holiday which glorifies dishonesty. If you absolutely must mess with people today, I encourage you to play pranks in good taste rather than outright lie.

For example last year someone stole and hid the desk and chair from one of my coworkers. However, they left her computer and other working materials in place. I like the sort of prank which causes a lot of laughs, but no real harm.

That said, I have enjoyed many an April Fool’s Day joke, especially announcements by major companies, such as Blizzard’s preview of the bard class (a la guitar hero), Burger King’s left-handed Whoppers, NASA’s claim of water on Mars (a glass of water and a Mars candy bar), google’s pranks, wikipedia’s pranks, and so forth.

My friend Ben (getting married this July) played an awesome April Fool’s prank on me when he insisted (after months of excitement towards D&D and roleplaying in general) that he’d done some more research and found that playing D&D would offend his good Christian sensibilities. He’s way too good of a liar.

Pranks and tall tales which are fairly evident or quickly revealed are all part of the fun. Just make sure you aren’t saying or doing something dishonest which is truly hurtful. And remember that everyone draws that line differently.

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  • Broaddus

    Put them in their place Jason!

  • Ben Farrar

    You should have seen the look on your face when I told you about D&D! I thought you were going to pull me inside out!

    This year, I called Tiffany’s parents and convinced them that we had eloped. I can’t believe I actually pulled it off. The funny thing was that they each fell for the same prank twice in the same day. Her sister had played it on them earlier, and I had to convince them of it all over again later on. I love April Fool’s Day. It’s the only time I ever get to really put my acting degree to some use.

    -Ben

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