Generally, I’m one of those people who hates practical jokes–at the root a lot of them seem rather cruel. So I don’t especially look forward to the first of April.
As long as no one pulls actual pranks on me, I can enjoy the obligatory online jokes. Some companies announce that they’re making a weird product–a peculiar flavored food item and an oddly focused video game, for example, both showed up on my Facebook feed. Two of my friends had liked these items, both clearly aware of the joke.
Inevitably, one or two of the web comics I read announces that they’re going off on a random tangent, completely reworking the story or style. I’m sure this enrages some people who’ve forgotten the day, but…
Well, most of us are in on the joke, right? How often have you forgotten it’s the first of April? That awareness makes the whole thing different. Instead of “What!?” you chuckle and think “Ah, that’s what they did for April Fools.”
And I’m okay with that.
What were you favorite April first activities? Do you strive not to be fooled, or laugh when you are?