Thoughts on April Fool's Day

Yesterday was, of course, April Fool's Day. I used to hate April Fool's Day with a passion. I don't like practical jokes (either on the giving or receiving end) and I don't like the meanness that sometimes accompanies 'harmless' jokes. As a kid, I saw April Fool's Day as nothing more than a day when bullies could spend 24 hours doing mean or harmful things to others but actually get away with it by yelling, "April Fool's!" As a teacher, I saw it as a really annoying distraction to everything we needed to do, as well as a day to be hyper-vigilant about bullies taking advantage of the day.

But things have changed. I don't think it's so much that I have changed. I still don't like playing practical jokes, being the victim of practical jokes, or hearing of bullying no matter what the calendar says. But the nature of the jokes have changed. They've become so much more clever, infinitely funnier, and without the mean spirit that used to exist.

I really enjoyed CNN's article about some of the best April Fool's pranks of 2015. They are clever, hilarious, and so creative. Today I want to share some of the other awesome April Fool's pranks I saw yesterday. Hats off to the amazing creativity!

Noell Hyman of Paperclipping shares just how deeply she's jumped into the planner craze here.

Bryan on Scouting shares some upcoming changes to the Boy Scout merit badges here.

And geocaching goes to a whole new level here.

If this is what April Fool's Day means now, I'm totally on board.


  1. Yeahhhhhhhhh yesterday came out with some pretty "interesting" products! LOL!!!!!!

  2. I'm not a fan of April Fools Day -- Brian suckered me pretty good. Told me he booked us a trip to Hawaii in June (it was mildly believable, since we were talking about going on a trip somewhere else maybe in July). He had me for about 5 seconds LOL :) I got even later in the day when we were both driving home from work and I told him not to worry about dinner I would make it. I got an enthusiastic great, I can't wait.... before I let him in on my prank! LOL :) I enjoyed the video Noell did -- really funny!


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