When April Fools was fun

I obviously enjoy a good April Fool’s joke.  For instance, my wife and I were married in August and we had some very nice invitations printed and sent to all our friends.  Seven months later, I sent every one of them another invitation, in the same type of style and envelope, that said “Michael A. Ventrella and Heidi Hooper invite you to join with them as they exchange divorce papers, April 1, at the Middlesex Courthouse, Boston, Massachusetts.  RSVP.”

"A jester unemployed is nobody's fool!"

“A jester unemployed is nobody’s fool!”

It’s a cute joke, no one was hurt, and no one took it seriously.

It’s why I enjoy the kind of jokes certain newspapers and web pages play on April 1st, like the one in England today discussing how they are moving Stonehenge like they do every six months because of Daylight Savings’ Time.

April Fools though has become a bit less fun because (a) we have lots of websites doing these sorts of things every day (Hello, Onion!);  and (b) everyone can post their crap on Facebook and usually it’s not very smart and often mean;  instead of being clever and humorous, it’s just a lie and then they yell “April Fools” as if it’s the funniest and wittiest thing ever.

I feel sorry for those people who really do lose loved ones today.

So no, you won’t see an April Fool’s joke from me unless I come up with something really clever.

One thought on “When April Fools was fun

  1. Half of what I read I suspect is Onionesque satire, but turns out to be just something that a Republican has said or done. I long for the days of sane, rational Republicans who just say weird things on April 1st as a joke rather than their way of life. Have you castrated a hog today? “I am not a witch”. Woman who are raped can prevent getting pregnant. Paul Ryan’s budget. Insane but all true.

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