Preparing For April Fools’ Day

A time to weep, and a time to laugh (Ecclesiastes 3:4).

Today’s Interruption is your vaccine against looking foolish today. Sent at 6 a.m. Eastern, you are forewarned of various plots already being hatched.

Just smirk when someone says, “You left your car lights on.” But pay attention if your spouse says, “Do you see that car coming from the left?”

I hate it when someone says to me, “April Fools’!” I hear it a lot because I’m too susceptible. I will walk around all day, lost in my own thoughts while forgetting that today is the day. 

April Fools’! Where is Dr. Fauci when we have a real national crisis?

No one really knows the origin of April Fools’ Day. The day has been celebrated for centuries by many countries and cultures. There have been claims such as “inspired by evil” or “concocted by aliens” or “another example of fake news.” 

April Fools’! I just made up the evil, aliens, and fake news.

A more authoritative source on April Fools’ Day would be an article from the History Channel that lists the following pranks:

  • In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed pictures of farmers harvesting noodles
  • In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked readers about a rookie baseball pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour
  • In 1996, Taco Bell announced it had purchased Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and would rename it the Taco Liberty Bell
  • Several years later, Burger King announced it was selling “left-handed Whoppers” – with scores of customers ordering it

My wife is more subtle; she doesn’t have to go to extremes to fool her oblivious husband every year:

  • Honey, I think that I would like to get another cat as a pet.  
  • Your bicycle isn’t in the garage.
  • Grant, I’m sorry, I put a dent in your car when I drove it yesterday.

If you know anything about me – it isn’t an April Fools’ joke to say that my blood pressure rose to over 168!

What can you do to prevent looking like a fool today? Follow these steps:

First, cancel work today.

Second, if you like spaghetti, go to the store and buy some, as FNB* reported last night that there is now a shortage of noodles.

Third, send me chocolate. I need comfort food as I just fell for my wife’s 2022 April Fools’ prank.

Today is Friday, tomorrow is Saturday. On Saturday, I always write the Interruption on a Psalm. I call it Psalms On Saturday. I think you will enjoy my thoughts on Psalm 168 which will be posted at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

(*Fake News Bureau)