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!