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What Was Your Best April Fools Day Prank?

Ahh, April Fool’s Day. That day of the year you can’t necessarily believe anything you hear, see or read online. But back before the Internet took hold and made it a little easier to pull off an April Fool’s Day prank, I remember a pretty basic prank my dad pulled on me.I was probably 13 or 14 years old at the time, and had a paper route. On this particular year, April Fool’s Day fell on a Saturday and I had to get up early to deliver the newspapers by 7 a.m. I thought it was odd that my dad was hanging out in the kitchen and asked what cereal I wanted for breakfast– I usually just poured my own cereal and ate it before heading out.

Turns out, dad had taken one of our regular kitchen bowls, filled it with water, and put it in the freezer overnight. He then got up when I did and poured a thin layer of Frosted Flakes over the top. When I went to take a bite, voila, my spoon hit the ice.  Very funny.

Well, it took me a year, but I got my revenge. I mentioned I had a paper route, so I saved an extra paper with the date April 1, 1984 on it and put it away. The NEXT year, when April Fool’s Day was upon us again, I grabbed the previous year’s paper, and put it on the coffee table in place of the current year’s paper. So, when dad went to read the paper, he was really reading LAST year’s news. (I was hoping he’d only look at the month and day and not the year.)

If I recall correctly, he didn’t catch on until I came clean and told him of the prank I’d pulled– although he did say some of the stories sounded oddly familiar.  These days, of course, what with all the instant news we have on our phones and tablets, you couldn’t pull off such a prank. It was a simpler time back in the 80’s, wasn’t it?

HERE are some simple pranks you can pull on your unsuspecting coworkers or family members.  Happy April Fools Day!

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