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What is the best April Fool’s Day joke you’ve ever heard of?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 1, 2006

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“I’ve read of sticking a can of shaving cream in the freezer and cutting the end off once it is frozen. Then you put it in a confined space that you know they will open and let the foam thaw out. Then when they open the door … the foam will explode all over them.”

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“Once we all had to be out of our hotel rooms at a certain time, so after someone fell asleep, we turned all of the clocks forward. We woke him up at about 3 a.m. and started yelling at him to get ready.”

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“This guy at our school was handing out fancy dog treats to everyone telling them they were cookies. It was a pretty good one.”

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“Some guys I know caught a snake and locked it in these girls’ bathroom so they would find it while they were getting ready in the morning.”

Comments

coolmarv 6 years ago

I don't know if it is the "best" but once someone went online and commented on a bunch of the past years On the Street questions from April 1 to see how many comments would be given to those old questions. Some people like TOB and Drew Carey were too smart though. I doubt that they are fooled too often.

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MississippiFrog 8 years ago

I would have to say my favorite April Fool's Day would have to be when we took apart our boss' VW Bug and reassembled it inside the plant, piece by piece. You should have seen the look on our boss' face in the next a.m. he came in and his precious bug wasn't in the parking lot. When he walked in worried about his car and then seen it in the middle of the plant, that look was priceless. No way were we fessing up to it and he had to call his buddies to get it broke down and reassembled outside. :)

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youmustbeEFINGkiddingme 8 years ago

HEE HEE my best april fools joke is when I bend you over a sack of flour and stick it to you GOOD hee hee

too bad they can't read this huh............. bite me ... hee hee hee

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my_manly_essence 8 years ago

Multi, I saw your message......and I replied.

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Ceallach 8 years ago

Hey, hey, hey, ms_canada. Good to hear from you. We are having a California type day here in Lawrence. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

P.S. Jack's loss :)

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Azure_Attitude 8 years ago

A friend of mine's dad did this in the 70's. He was so pissed off that the coach kicked his son off the football team that he ordered a subsciption to Blue Boy (gay porn) in the name of the coach and had it sent to him at the school.

Today's my mom's birthday. I can imagine what my grandfather said when my grandmother informed him it was time to go to the hospital.

"I'm in labor!"

"That's not funny."

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Multidisciplinary 8 years ago

Oh, that's blue's clues, not Miss Spider..and it a regular mail box...man I'm getting old. My son just corrected me.

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my_manly_essence 8 years ago

S_S,

Them wolf spiders can be quite large, can't they? I remember the first time I ever saw one.....it was huge and it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up!!

I remember thinking to myself that if I ever woke up one morning and had a spider that large crawling up my leg....I'd have a heart attack for sure!!

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Multidisciplinary 8 years ago

You people are great!

Sue, I'm going be laughing about that one for a while. Mom guilt. They get you back you know :P

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my_manly_essence 8 years ago

You mean like....."Boys Life"??

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militant 8 years ago

At Catholic HS we ordered Playboy for several of the priests with the "Bill me later" option checked on the order card.

(Years later we realized that they would have preferred a subscription to another title)

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ms_canada 8 years ago

Someone, I never did find out who it was, played a nasty on me. In my student nurse days, I had just met this really neat guy that I was anxious to impress. On Apr. 1 there was a message for me to meet Jack the next night, being Sat. at such and such a place. Well, I had to work that nite and so I called him and said I could not meet him. There was a long pause and then he, in a very embarrassed way, told me that he had not made that arrangement. I was mortified and said bye and never heard from him again. Anyway, greetings to all from sunny (sometimes) Calif. Don't envy me any of you as I am hard at work packing my sisters numerous knick knacks and STUFF. Yuk. Hi to everyone. Have a nice day.

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sunflower_sue 8 years ago

I now feel like a bratty little brother. Ice cream makes everything better. We will do that later. (I'm starting to feel better now.) :)

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sunflower_sue 8 years ago

Cea, congrats on the April fool's day quit.

I'm still apologizing...(she's forgiven me, I just haven't forgiven myself yet.)

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Ceallach 8 years ago

Indeed he did!! Good work derf -- and on a Saturday morning.

Having a brother three years younger than myself pretty much soured me on April Fool's Day tricks. That boy did so many "tricks" on me -- tricks that were actually mean pranks -- and got away with it by saying "It's April Fool's stupid!!" (my mother could never see a fault in him). Well, so much for my sad story :( Because of that I insisted that my children's jokes be mild to the point of dull (at least when they were around me :)

I did quit smoking on April Fool's Day -- so that was a very good day for me.

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sunflower_sue 8 years ago

I'm still scolding myself over the "fire" prank. That wasn't very well thought out. Don't try that one. My bad! I'm still apologizing...

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Multidisciplinary 8 years ago

Being a medical type, I know a lot of sexual stuff that you can write in an provocative email that you can suggest to do to your date on an April 1 date that would make most men run for the hills. However I'm usually dating scientists/medical types that just write back, "So you want me to pick you up earlier? And will you spend the night?"

But it's always worth a laugh, you might want to try it.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years ago

OK... Am I the only one who thinks the guy with the shaving cream doesn't know what he's talking about? The "confined space" would have to be as tight as a pressurized can of shaving cream. It's not as if you could do that in someone's sock drawer.

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sunflower_sue 8 years ago

OK, I just got my oldest daughter. She just woke up and I hollered "FIRE!" and we started to run outside. I broke down laughing...she got furious and went and locked herself in the bathroom. That didn't go so well. I apologized. We've made up. Note to self: "only play jokes on people who like jokes."

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sunflower_sue 8 years ago

This wasn't April 1st but...my sis used to "live" in me and the hubby's basement when she first moved to town. The basement was unfinished and, although it was a lovely and dry basement, it creeped her out a bit. We did have a couple big wolf spiders (about trantulae size) that got into the basement. Every night before going to bed she would have to pull the covers back to make sure no creepy crawlies were in the sack with her. One day while she was at work, I put several real-looking plastic spiders in her bed. That night, the hubby and I lay in bed waiting for the scream. We weren't disappointed but after the scream and our hysterical laughter that followed, she marched upstairs and started to beat us with her shoe. Ah, good times! I've got tons of practical joke stories that I've played on her. It's a wonder she still talks to me.

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sunflower_sue 8 years ago

My mom used to get me every year as a child...usually something like: "It snowed a foot last night, you don't have school today!" (Only to rush to the window and be greatly disappointed.) So, after I got older, every April Fool's Day I would be "pregnant, again." I really hope my daughters never pull that one on me. I was a bit onery.

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Multidisciplinary 8 years ago

Ok..when I got home early this morning and logged onto this site, there was no picture, and when it changed screens it said, sorry site could not be found. It did this a few times. I thought LJW had decided to pull their own April Fool's joke on US, so I posted on yesterday's.

I got on now to see the rest of your reactions. I first went to yesterdays (which I had fav-ed to make it easier today), and I see e_m must have thought the same! But what do I find but a pic, and a column for today.

So, I guess the joke is on me!

I was told my son had a joke set up for me, so I primed him for it to help him remember, so then I told him I totalled our car last night.

Some things are too easy.

Later I'll get this old brain working on an answer. I believe I once gave a serious type date a jeweler's ring box in front of friends on a dinner date once, with an April Fools note inside. He was seriously nervous. And then a bit sad. I don't recommend this. Of course the friends found it hilarious. We later married. I don't recommend this either. I believe I still have the box, I recommend getting them to swallow the box instead.

Happy April Fool's. & I R 1!

:D

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Hannibal_Lecter 8 years ago

Hastings has a phone in the video section for customer use. When you use it, it registers "Hastings" on caller ID. So one could conceiveably call a friend and leave a message that the (adult) videos they rented were overdue. I would never suggest that anyone actually do that of course.

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hitme 8 years ago

When I moved from another city, the landlord kept my deposit even though the appt was in better shape than when I moved in.

I waited a couple of years and then called her about 2:00am and let her know that her son, the truckdriver, was killed in an accident and we needed her to come down and identify the body. Both she and her boyfriend started blubbering on the phone as I gave them the horrific details. I felt like that was worth the cost of my deposit.

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jonas 8 years ago

well. . . Welch, an ex-member of Korn, who became a B.A. Christian and left the band.

/guess that's an important part of the story. . .

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jonas 8 years ago

Last year Maynard from Tool got on the band's website and told them he had become a born again christian and was going to be quitting the band. Brian "Head" Welch, from Korn, was said to say he thought that it was great.

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Cait McKnelly 8 years ago

I had a friend whose husband was a cop. She got ahold of a roll of yellow police line tape and had it in her purse. We were at an event out of town with a group of about 30 people all staying in the same hotel. My husband, father and I went out for dinner and I slipped her our room key. While we were gone she and the other people in our group went into our room and made a dead body outline on the floor with masking tape and moved the furniture around. They relocked the door and then strung the police tape across it. Had my hubby going for awhile when we got back from dinner!

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inmate 8 years ago

The other day I got down on all fours and barked like a dog. Then I asked the warden if he could put me in a dog crate and take me to the vet. He thought it was real funny.

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Hannibal_Lecter 8 years ago

It wasn't April 1st, but... At the bank, on the island where the deposit slips are. An unnamed person pulled one out and wrote, "This is a stickup, put all of the money from the drawer in a bag. No, I'm not kidding" on a slip and put it back in the stack. Later that day, a nice littlie old lady pulled that slip out and used it. The teller was shocked when she turned it over to stamp it. You know how nice little old ladied smile and nod alot?

Needless to say, the cops came and the prankster (who was 11 got in a lot of trouble...but it was still very funny)

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smitty 8 years ago

Today's failure to print the parade in the JW. In years gone by the entire weeks schedule was printed complete with human interest stories and editorials on the les/bi/gay(GLSOK days) pride week. Ayway here is the link to the UDK on today's parade from South Park to Watson Park starting at 9:30 AM:

http://www.kansan.com/stories/2006/mar/31/conference/

Where's the dance tonight?

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Ragingbear 8 years ago

When I lived in a dorm-style environment for about 2 months, I went into some new kid's room, and set all their alarm clocks for around 3:00, and staggered all four to go off 30 minutes apart. I then proceeded to place them inside the ventilation grates.

Took them 3 days to figure out what that noise was at 3 am.

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