April Fools and Flying Penguins…

Ah, April Fools Day. That most unique of celebrations. As always, I learnt more than I needed to know at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fool’s_Day). Man, some of those hoaxes are sophisticated. I used to love a good prank when I was at school (our teachers must have hated it when April 1st fell during term times), and I still giggle at some of the better jokes now.

One of which has to be the BBC’s efforts for this year: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/portal/ttv/arts.jhtml?bcpid=1358314062&bclid=1363192294&bctid=1482436596
Flying penguins! It’s so well done too – although my personal fave moment is right at the end when the wee fella tries to land!

I also remember the time (as does the lovely Anna) from the delight that was SM:TV, when Dec ‘collapsed’ during a dance routine. Cue lots of worried children. And students. And mummies. Turns out it was just an elaborate (or, in this case, not so elaborate) prank for April 1st. And that’s the central problem with April Fools, isn’t it? What you find hysterical, someone else migt find hurtful, or unkind, or worrying….

Have you ever played a memorable April Fools prank? I toyed with the idea of doing something this year, but thought better of it. Sure, I could only speak French all morning. Sure, I could TP my parents’ cars. Sure, I could send my friends and family an email saying “Hi, I’m getting married / moving to Poland / having a baby”…but my friends and family would probably just shrug and smile and deal with whatever. They are cool like that. And as above, it wuld just cause stress for someone, somewhere. And that’s so not my bag. This might be why I always have a chuckle about the media hoaxes, but find some of the smaller, more personal hoaxes leave a bad taste in the mouth. Maybe I’m getting old. Maybe I’m getting wiser. Maybe I’ve just lost my prank skills.

So instead I think I’ll just go giggle at those penguins again. Look at those little guys go!



  1. Foster Communications
    1st April 2008 / 11:29 am

    When I woke up this morning, the DJ on the radio said we were going to get another 6 inches of snow today. I believed it. Thankfully, it was a joke. It was, sadly, a possible claim. We just got 6 inches yesterday. I guess Minnesota isn’t going to get spring.Happy April Fools to you!

  2. 2 Dollar Productions
    1st April 2008 / 1:36 pm

    I saw those penguins somewhere once before, and they are great. The best jokes/pranks are the ones that require elaborate planning, which I think is my downfall as I get older as I just don’t have as much time – and more to lose as well. ha.

  3. Sacred Suzie
    1st April 2008 / 1:59 pm

    Giggling at penguins sounds like the perfect way to spend April Fool’s Day. I’m not a prankster in any way but I do love penguins!

  4. Wiwille
    1st April 2008 / 2:51 pm

    One April fools I told my boss the entire staff quit on us and we would be the only ones working. Poor guy panicked. I easily let him off the hook.

  5. Sparkling Red
    1st April 2008 / 3:40 pm

    I don’t like pranks where people get scared or offended. The best prank I’ve heard of so far is when a friend of mine filled a co-worker’s overhead hutch with popcorn. She opened it to get something out, and around 12 litres of popcorn fell out like a waterfall. Good fun, and no worry except a slight mess.

  6. Krystal
    1st April 2008 / 5:13 pm

    Trying to come up with something fun for my 11 year old. He loves pranks, i’ll try to get him at his own game! I’m going to have to pay attention while listening to my usual radio this morning…don’t want to be duped. 🙂 thanks for checking me out. Krystal

  7. enchantedartist
    1st April 2008 / 7:11 pm

    Oh, I love those penguins…too cute! I am not a good prankster…but I wish I was. 🙂

  8. JLee
    1st April 2008 / 7:40 pm

    I think a couple of years ago I convinced everyone at work I was pregnant. haha

  9. daisies
    1st April 2008 / 8:53 pm

    oh those crazy penguins, tee hee

  10. Tinsie
    1st April 2008 / 9:16 pm

    I don’t like playing pranks on others (old before my time – what can I say) but I did like the flying penguins 🙂

  11. Cheryl
    2nd April 2008 / 2:10 pm

    The flying penguins cracked me up! I’ve never done a good April Fool’s joke, myself. I need to some day.

  12. Miss Ash
    2nd April 2008 / 2:28 pm

    I have not played a good prank on anyone really. At work we play silly minor ones on each other IE turning all the posters in someones office upsidedown, replacing pens with tampons….that kind of thing.

  13. Alice
    2nd April 2008 / 7:38 pm

    i’m terrible at pulling off pranks b/c i’m so crap at lying. i start giggling and turn red. sigh.

  14. Eamon
    2nd April 2008 / 10:19 pm

    I like the one where the ‘mathematics community’ decided that the value of pi should be changed. Pi enthusiasts, all over the world went nuts when they first heard this, apparently!

  15. mermaid musings
    2nd April 2008 / 11:51 pm

    LOLp.s. I see suzie and Darlene here, wonderful women!!!

  16. Riot Kitty
    3rd April 2008 / 6:45 am

    Those little guys are so cute! Where are you in the UK? My (American) friend is in Sheffield teaching drama.

  17. Cimba7200
    8th April 2008 / 5:04 am

    I have never liked April fools day. I think it’s because I never liked being made to look stupid. Over the years I have become less sensitive so no-one tries now. I liked the video of the penguins though. – Dave

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