April Sincerity Day

Well well, it’s time again for my least favorite holiday of them all. April Fools Day. While I welcome our new springtime overlords (birds) and am excited to switch over my wall calendars, I dread April Fools Day. Sorry I’m trusting, jerks! Sorry I live my life assuming that the people I have chosen to surround myself with are not going to lie to my face just for a couple of chuckles!

So, let’s all just agree that this is a safe space. No April Fools pranks or gags. We are not fools! We are competent adults!

Let’s also all share here a time we were pranked, and then follow it up with an accurate representation of the stone face the prankers were met with.

Here’s mine: On my 19th birthday, my roommates went to fencing class (cool) and they returned very early and said they’d been dismissed because Katie stabbed the teacher. He had to go to the hospital and there was blood everywhere. Katie was crying! They kept this prank up–all of them–for upwards of 30 minutes, delaying a celebratory birthday trip to the cafeteria. It ended up that they just got dismissed early because not enough people showed up.

I guess I haven’t been pranked too hard, but DON’T TEST ME.

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Flanny was born and raised in a Detroit suburb, but tells people she's from Detroit without clarification because it makes her sound tough. She is not tough. Her favorite member of One Direction is Louis Tomlinson, and her favorite Agatha Christie detectives are Tommy and Tuppence.
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31 Responses to April Sincerity Day

  1. I’ve never been pranked! To my knowledge, anyway. Maybe I have and the pranksters just never followed through.

  2. martinmegz says:

    I’m generally anti-pranking, especially anything that involves trying to make people believe something terrible happened and/or a mess that needs to be cleaned up. But I’m very charmed by the story that Michael Jackson used to prank call Russell Crowe:

    “For two or three fucking years… I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn’t matter where I was, he’d ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. ‘Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up? Ha ha.’”

    Russell still seems pretty annoyed by it, though.

  3. summerestherson says:

    I’ve never been pranked either!
    I will just tell you something that happened to my friend in high school: after her boyfriend had done something to her car as a joke, she decided to tie a bunch of tampons all over his truck (and I think she maybe stuck some pads on there for good measure.) When he left school, he had to immediately go to work and didn’t have time to take all the tampons off.
    Later, my friend gets a call from her boyfriend. He said that his boss was VERY unhappy about the fact that this tampon covered truck was sitting in front of her business and she had fired him. My friend was, understandably, very upset. She offered to call his boss to explain, but he said it wouldn’t do any good. My poor friend DISTRAUGHT, crying, and generally feeling terribly guilty. Now, I can’t remember how long it was, but sometime later that night the boyfriend let her off the hook. He HADN’T been fired. His boss thought the whole thing was hilarious.

  4. Commentatrix says:

    I can’t remember any of my pranks because I have the memory of a much older person, but I still wanted to play the gif game.

  5. randilu says:

    It was my freshman year of college. I had a group of guy friends that were going on a hiking/camping trip one weekend, which included a guy I was kind of/sort of/not really dating (aka getting wit). My family and I were going to NYC for the weekend as well – I got to go see Hairspray and all was good.

    While eating dinner at TGI Fridays in Time Square (we’re a classy bunch – it also may have been an Applebee’s) when I got a call from one of my guy friends on the camping trip. Apparently my paramour had fallen while hiking and was in serious condition. I ran out of TGIF into the middle of Time Square crying and screaming for them to tell me what exactly was going on. It wasn’t until they realized I was sobbing that they told me it was a joke.


  6. catweazle says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been pranked but my dad used to do this thing where he would have this really long-winded set up for a really bad pun, or where he would just tell us a completely false story and see if we could catch on. But we always knew when he was doing it because he would get a certain tone of voice and it would always start with something like “I was reading this really interesting article about ___” and by the time we hit our teens it had become so old that we generally would be like this the whole time:

    • flanny says:

      Oh, family legend has that Dad Flanny used to do a similar thing, where the family would just be having dinner or whatever and he’d say, just slipped into normal conversation, “The smartest kid in my class was deaf.” And then when one of my siblings was like, “Who was that?” or “Oh really?” He say, “WHAT????” and cup his ear. Obviously, they all caught on and eventually would be silent for, like, ages, but he committed and it would be practically hours later and as soon as anyone said anything he’d say, “WHAT’D YOU SAY??” and cup his ear again. Dads, I guess! Always into the long con even if their families hate it.

  7. Sota says:

    We did the rubberband around the kitchen sprayer thing a lot in college. It started getting to the point where you just checked the sprayer before you even turned on the sink because inevitably you ended up having to change clothes again before class.

    I have a high school acquaintance who is known for her pranks. Constantly pranking people, to the point where its just ridiculous, nothing mean like fake engagements or stuff like that. More like filling your car with balloons kind of pranks. About 2 years for April Fools someone pranked her by putting post its all over her entire office, all over her car, etc. She posted all these pics on facebook trying to figure out who did it, people were commenting and super into it trying to find out who it was and blaming each other. Turns out that it was her prank to prank herself because that was a prank on everyone else. I guess she finally found the one way to spin the prank around and get pranked on and still be the pranker. (I do not condone this behavior, also it seems like a lot of work.)

  8. Sota says:

    Even John Oliver says: Don’t do pranks. Don’t be a dick.

  9. FRQ says:

    I can’t recall any off hand, other than the time my sister popped out of a suitcase and scared the shit out of me. At the time I was pretty upsets, but looking back it was actually kind of amusing. I will get her back, though.

    • catweazle says:

      I tried to do that to my friend once when I was sleeping over at her house in middle school (except just jumping out from around the corner) but I accidentally did it to her mom and scared the shit out of her. Later in life I would learn that this poor woman has a lot of anxiety issues and I don’t think I helped.

  10. catweazle says:

    Ohh I just remembered a prank I was adjacent to once! My roommate had been dating this guy for a few months and they are both very sweet people and everything was going great, but on April Fool’s Day as a prank the dude changed his Facebook relationship status to “single” and she freaked out. We all assured her that it was just a prank because we had known this guy for years and no way would he break up with somebody that way, but apparently her last boyfriend (who was a real shitbag) had broken up with her online so she could not be convinced. I assume she gave him hell for it but they’re still together now and it’s been like, five years I think?

  11. artdorkgirl says:

    Someone, it’s impossible to say who, got slightly tipsy with some friends and decided to egg an ex-boyfriends car. Someone, no one knows who this person was, did not realize that if eggs froze on a car, it would peel off the paint. Someone, their name lost to the annals of history, lied about it by suggesting that if she were going to prank someone, it would be more clever than that.

    I’ve survived relatively prank-free, mostly because I do stupid stuff all the time so my friends can laugh at me without resorting to jackassery!

  12. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    The only good April Fools Day pranks are when radio stations change up their programming for a day. I remember the first time I noticed this prank, and I was so concerned that whatever radio station I liked at the time was now playing entirely different material. They really fooled me!

    • Adult Swim used to play the Room every year for April Fools. That is a good prank.

      Also, I totally thought it was soft-core porn the first time I saw it.

  13. Casey says:

    My older sister used to get me. Pretty tame stuff like garlic powder on my toothbrush or leaving all of the hair from her hairbrush under my pillow mixed with the occasional psy-ops attack, such as signing me up for the Hair Club for Men.

    • flanny says:

      Oh, I do like the idea of subscribing people to shit they don’t want. Maybe that’s the only prank I’m okay with. But I also just like getting mail . . .

  14. mrsberesford says:

    Mr. Beresford is a teacher and pranked his elementary school class by telling them that the planets were aligned in such a way that gravity on earth was diminished for a single day. He had them jump in the air to test it, and half the class totally felt lighter while the other didn’t quite feel it yet and kept jumping for a solid minute. Ha! Classic teacher prank! I have to say I am only opposed to pranking adults, pranking kids is the best.

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