I love April for several reasons. My mom's, Caitriona's, and Lukas's birthdays, the wildflowers, Easter, and, of course, April Fool's Day. A long-running joke when Nicole and I were kids was to put all of my dad's underwear in the freezer. I still remember the TV show that prompted it. (Evil genius: "Let's execute evil plan *gives off string of numbers that ends in 9-4-8*!" Evil henchman: "We don't have enough rubber chickens for that." Evil genius: "No, not that plan!" Henchman: "Oh, well in that case, I don't think our freezer's big enough for that." Genius: "Big enough for what?" Henchman: "Oh, you know, to freeze the underpants of everyone on the island. I mean, that's a lot of underpants, and our freezer is tiny!")
Anyway, that joke got old after about five years, especially considering that underpants tend not to freeze. But I've picked up quite a few jokes for your upcoming April Fool's Day, the first of which being purely evil: switch all the bags around in the boxes of cereal.
One April Fool's Day, we had the pleasure of being in the car, driving from Texas to Illinois. We had to drive through Missouri, which is a simply beautiful state and chock-full of middles of nowhere. So I waited until we were in the absolute middle of the Middle of Nowhere and said, "Mom, I have to go to the bathroom!"
It would have worked better if I could have kept a straight face.
A lot of good pranks focus on technology. For example, if you screenshot someone's home page, turn it into their background, then move all their apps to another page, they'll find themselves pressing on empty screen, wondering why their apps won't open! Another is a prank app called "Cage Me." Once downloaded, Nicolas Cage's face randomly pops up on the victim's screen.
What's your favorite April Fool's Day prank? What are you planning on pulling this year? I'd love to hear in the comments below! Maybe next week, I'll tell you how my prank went! God bless you, dear readers, and have a wonderful April!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.