Sitting at the school lunch table as an eleven year old, I was horrified one day when my friend opened her lunch box to reveal a green tuna fish sandwich. I gasped in horror, but she just sighed and said, ‘Ugh. Mom does this every year.
Does what?! I thought. Pack moldy food for you and force you to eat it and then be poisoned and die?!’
You see, I was raised by very sincere parents who worked in the psychiatric field, so I was taught to always say what was true and real. It took me years to understand the concept of sarcasm! To this day, I don’t like playing jokes on people because I hate the idea that for even a few minutes, they will think it’s real!
My friend’s green tuna was my first exposure to an annual pastime that some folks plan for months in advance; April Fools Day.
A decade ago, pranks were innocent and simple. Now, with the advent of YouTube, you can find several channels dedicated just to pranking anyone from loved ones to strangers. Using elaborate schemes that often take several hands and months of preparation, the goal becomes making the scheme almost movie-like in realism for the victim. The bigger the reaction from the prankee, the more views it gets! I watch these in marathon, I can’t help it!!!
Have you ever pranked someone silly? Some of you reading this might be planning something elaborate right now! If they hate it and are mad at you, bring them to us, we will grab them a glass of wine and a Chocolove bar, pat them on the back and tell them we are sorry you’re a big meanie. Just make sure you videotape your prank-capades for our enjoyment!
Happy April Fools, artists!
Shannon ‘Don’t Even Think About It!’ Hodgson