As April 1 approaches, pranksters revel in the practical jokes of All Fools Day, better known as April Fools’ Day. This holiday allows for equal-opportunity prank fests. No one is immune to trickery or exempt from participation.
Trust no one. Approach all objects with heightened suspicion and regard all declarations with skepticism. Such defensive tactics render this day as the ultimate exercise in paranoia.
You could hide in bed until April 2, the cat snuggling next to you probably won’t pose a threat. However, hiding in bed might prevent you from pulling off that perfect prank you’ve secretly plotted against your target of choice.
Everyone has the ideal victim in mind for a practical joke. What better targets than your spouse and siblings? If you feel treacherously daring, your teacher, boss or neighbor can join the ranks.
Indulge. This is one day of the year in which you can launch pranks and stunts without repercussion. (I should probably say without “too much” repercussion.)
Among traditional pranks, the elaborately plotted ‘crank call’ heads the list. Announcements of fabricated dread are also popular, as is the use of gag props found in novelty shops.
Should you fall victim to one of this year’s ultimate hoaxes, just remember that revenge is sweet, and you will have 365 days to plot a counter-attack next year.
By the way, the device on which you are reading this will self-destruct in three minutes. April Fool!