Friday, April 1, 2011

The Elusive (or should I say Illusive?) Pig #3


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!


Patty Blount said...

Trot on over to my blog - I posted some of my faves!

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

THAT is a classic! What a great prank.
My daughter showed us a good site the other nite, I think it's
Pre-recorded funny people call and prank any number you give them, and you can record the call! I literally peed. A little.

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abby mumford said...

that is seriously funny.

i'm not much of a prankster, but i think it's because of my mom. one april fools' day, she did the classic switch between sugar and salt and so when my father poured a liberal amount of salt onto his cereal, he was not pleased. she was cured of ever pulling a prank again.

Unknown said...

that prank is too hilarious for words.

me? im not much of a prankster. i dont know why. i guess im just not creative enough to pull off a really good one. oh well *shrugs*

Jason said...

Nice. :) And no, telling your husband you are pregnant when you are not is definitely not funny. I'd probably freak the hell out. :)

My favorite prank we pulled was living in the dorms at college. My roommate went home for the weekend and as a joke we cleared ALL of his stuff out of our room and set it up in the bathroom on our floor. He was not amused at first - I believe there was some record set for F bombs that afternoon he came back - but after he finally found his stuff he was amused. Not amused enough to leave it there, but still.

Jennifer Shirk said...

No pranks scheduled for today...yet. The day is young. LOL

But the pregnancy announcement is always a goodie. :-)

Anne Gallagher said...

Monster Child has been trying to get me for two days. Hasn't succeeded. I wonder what she'll try this afternoon.

Love the pig story. Too funny.

Steph Schmidt said...

Personally I fail at pranking, I either forget or just can't think up anything clever enough. But the phantom pig #3 sounds like something terribly clever.

Unknown said...

How hilarious -- I'd love to meet the 'evil genius' mind that conceived that idea. Bet he's making a lot of money today!

Happy April Fool's Day!

Kimberly Sabatini said...

That is CLASSIC!!!!!!!

Jen Stayrook said...

I'm tempted to do something similar in my office... I laughed really hard at this. I want to meet the people who came up with this idea. Glad you shared.

Oh, and I use that whole "I'm pregnant" joke all the time. When I actually WAS pregnant, I had to show Hubs all 4 pregnancy tests. Oops. Boy who cried baby I guess. :-)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Pig #3:
Oh, wow -- that was a really great prank! Classic, in fact. Clearly there was a criminal mastermind in charge!

Was it you .....??? :D

Bess Weatherby said...

Totally a classic :)

One time, I put pumpkins filled with poop on someone's front door. This someone might have been another sorority. And the bottom of the pumpkin might have been cut out. So when they picked them up ...

Ah! College . . .

Bess Weatherby said...

And just for the record -- it was dog poop. We weren't that bad ;)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Only thing I can think of right off-hand is the time I fooled my husband, but he didn't mind a bit. When he came home from work, I met him at the door dressed rather provocatively. Told him our kids were all taking a nap. He dropped his brief case in place, and it was probably three hours later before he realized that the only things in the kids' beds were some strategically placed pillows. (I'd sent the younguns to a neighbor's house to spend the night.) Ahhh, to be young!

Oh, and love the pig story.

Trisha Leigh said...

That pig story is amazing.

My friend's husband and his bandmates pulled a prank so awesome (and recorded) that it is aired on VH1 greatest pranks and they go to to go on Good Morning American when it exploded on YouTube.

Basically, they taped Wed night lottery numbers on television, went out and bought those numbers for a friend on Thurs night, then sat him down to watch the recorded version, leading him to believe he'd won millions of dollars.

Now that I think of it, that wasn't very nice but he was a good sport. Especially after he got his five minutes of fame.

Happy April!

Unknown said...

We don't celebrate April Fools' day here, but I wish we should! It's so FUN!! :D
LOL about the being-pregnant prank!!

Linda G. said...

*giggling* Wow, you guys are not short on hilarious prank stories, either. Thanks for sharing them with me! :)

Dianne -- Nope, wasn't me. Though I wish I could take credit for it -- I think it was brilliant.

Trisha -- You friend's husband is evil. But sooo funny. ;)