For some reason, I'm thinking about pranks today.
Oh, yeah. April 1st. The day of the year set aside to make other people look and feel like idiots. What's not to love about a day like that?
As a small child, my favorite April Fool's joke was the classic "You've got a bug crawling up your back!" I'd tell my mom, my dad, my friends...whoever would listen, basically...they had a bugs crawling up their backs, and then collapse in a fit of laughter. It didn't really matter if they fell for it or not -- just telling the fib was the fun part.
It was like having special dispensation to lie.
Being a basically (okay, compulsively) honest person, I'm strangely fascinated with situations where it's deemed socially acceptable to lie.
Hmm. Maybe this is why I'm a fiction writer. We lie for a living.
(One April Fool's gag I don't recommend is telling your husband you're pregnant...after he has a vasectomy. Turns out it's not nearly as funny as you might think at the time. Don't ask me how I know this.)
But back to pranks. My favorite wasn't even an April Fool's Day prank. Nor was it my prank. But I'll share it with you anyway, because I love it so much.
My DD went to a magnet high school for science and technology. As you might imagine, there were lots of very bright students there, and each year, right before graduation, the senior class would strive to out-perform the previous senior classes with their "Senior Prank."
The one I'm thinking of was before DD's time, but lived on in legend. A group of seniors with access to livestock got hold of three pigs. They labeled the pigs "1," "2," and "4," and released them in the halls. After a brief kefuffle, all three pigs were caught and contained.
But -- and this is the part that never fails to make me giggle -- the Principal, teachers, secretaries, and janitors spent the rest of the day tearing the school apart in search of Pig "3."
Yeah, I know. Mean. But SOOO funny.
Do you have a prank you look back on fondly? Or are you, perhaps, planning one for today? Please share!