When your birthday is April 1st, that automatically makes you a target for all sorts of silly acts. My mom took maximum advantage of this. The results made for serious entertainment, and stories for years.
“What’s to Eat?”
This was my Mom’s favorite thing to do, by far — mess with my poor father’s food for the day. And first on that list was always the sugar bowl. Dad liked his coffee sweet, but on April 1, he always got a spoonful of salt, instead. (I could never figure out why he peacefully drank his coffee salty, year after year, when he should have known what would happen. Finally, I asked. He grinned: “Because your mom gets such a kick out of doing it!”)
Other options: a slice of rubber meat or a piece of plastic wrap slipped into a sandwich. (A sponge works, too. Cover with mustard or mayo for camouflage.) A piece of artificial fruit. Rock-solid bread or cookies. (Bake it extra long to get the best results.) Use your kids’ fake foods, when you can find them.
Although Dad was familiar with the results of “pull my finger,” he relied on the direct approach, accompanied by a gleeful “Whoops!” Mom’s use was more subtle: a whoopee cushion, slipped under the appropriate chair cover. Whatever had the most olfactory impact, won.
This category took planning, but when it worked, was incredibly funny. Take the Mr. Fox caper, which took the help of the secretary at Dad’s workplace. Dad’s business was repairing tractors, and many farmers called for advice, or schedule an appointment.
So when Dad received a pink phone message slip to “call Mr. Fox,” he didn’t think anything of it. He dialed the number — and got the local zoo! (Said a tired voice,” Yeah, we get a lot of these today.”) You can always fall back on the traditional favorites, too, like “Do you have Prince Albert in a can? Well, let him out!” Or there’s the kids’ favorite: “Is your refrigerator running? Make it stop!”
Mom never did these 50 fun things to do on an elevator. But she would have, if she’d found them in time. Like #17: Stare, grinning, at another passenger for a while, and then announce: “I’ve got new socks on!” Or try #8: Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside ask: “Got enough air in there?” Thing #14’s even simpler: “Flatulence!”
There are all sorts of silly jokes and tricks you can play on unsuspecting friends and family, including ideas and products from this site. You’ll find the top 100 hoaxes here, too, from spaghetti bushes to Nixon’s ‘surprise’ decision to run for President again in 1992. (His new slogan: “I didn’t do anything wrong…and I won’t do it again.”)
What can you do for fun on April 1?