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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.”


Ragingbear 10 years, 6 months 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.

Cait McKnelly 10 years, 6 months 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!

jonas 10 years, 6 months 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.

jonas 10 years, 6 months 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. . .

sunflower_sue 10 years, 6 months 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.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 6 months ago

This wasn't April 1st 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.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 6 months 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."

OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 6 months 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.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 6 months 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...

Ceallach 10 years, 6 months 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.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 6 months 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.)

sunflower_sue 10 years, 6 months 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.) :)

ms_canada 10 years, 6 months 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.

Grundoon Luna 10 years, 6 months 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."

Ceallach 10 years, 6 months 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 :)

MississippiFrog 10 years, 6 months 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. :)

coolmarv 8 years, 6 months 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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