There comes that one special day of the year where some choose to celebrate the deep dark underbelly of methodical, elaborate, and sometimes outright ridiculous ways of showing their affection to others; no I am not talking about crazy proposals, your birthday, or Christmas. I am talking about, April Fools.
How annoying is it to lay victim to one one of these “jokes” and then hear, in what happens to be the most irritating, nasally, high pitched squeal of “APRIL FOOLS” followed by a deep rooted chuckle of what you think is a laugh when you know it is just the maniacal little child that lies within your adult aged friend that happens to come out this one time a year - and also Christmas parties if they are not careful? Does this sound like anything that has happen to you? Well my friend, this post is for you! Let’s review our top 5 tips for April Fools 2019: The Year of the Underdog.
Tip 1: Be Aware
There are ways to possibly “anticipate” being tricked on April 1st, 2019. If you notice anyone in your peripherals of friends, family, coworkers, etc. asking for personal information, particularly if it relates to your plans on April 1, note this might be a sign you are getting pranked - what’s that? Your grandmother calling to ask about your Easter brunch plans? No can do grandma, you’re not getting any information from me! (See Tip 4: NO ONE IS SAFE). So, during this time next year just be a little more aware of your surroundings and maybe take some time to consider if your friends are the kind of people who relish in your struggles, pain, fright, however they like to scare you and stay wary of these people.
Tip 2: Planning your Prank
The best pranks I’ve seen (or we’ll say “appreciated”) have to be the ones where every detail has been planned and you can tell there has been plenty of thought put in. These are the people who have jokes that will be talked about by the water cooler for years to come. Do you want to be the guy who lit a frozen burrito on fire in the microwave or be the guy who had an unforgettable joke last year? The choice is yours.
Tip 3: Commit to the joke
If you are going to play a joke, commit to it - half assed attempts are not appreciated by anyone. There are going to be critics of your “little joke” and they are going to provide feedback and mention how much better they could have done it. Do not listen to them. They obviously did not prepare a prank of their own an entire year in advance, so why are they critiquing you - because they have nothing else to do, that’s why! Ha, Losers….but anyways, if you pull a prank, commit, even if something has gone wrong in your master plan, go with it! It might be funnier than what you thought!
Tip 4: NO ONE IS SAFE
April Fools can bring out a dark side in people that you might not have known. Some folks choose to “attack” at different times. Just because they didn’t pull a prank this year does not mean they are never going to. I revert back to your grandmother confirming brunch plans -Who does she know? Who is she working for? Is she even your grandmother? NO ONE IS SAFE!!!
Tip 5: Laugh Along
Last but not least, laugh along. Whether you saw the joke coming or not, got mildly injured, are upset that your room is messed up, worried where your dog went, out a hundred bucks, or realized after leaving the grocery store that you only bought single stuffed Oreos instead of double stuffed - maybe don’t include that last one - but, just laugh along with the joke. Your friend, co-worker, fiance, neighbor, barista, grandmother, whoever it might be that orchestrated this joke for you obviously cares enough to ruin your day for you. We all have our own ways of showing our affection, no matter how twisted, so laugh to show you care.
So start planning, Underdogs. Next year… next year is gonna be lit!! ...but seriously we do not encourage or condone pranks that include fire.