Nothing says April Fool's like a great prank. But pranks like humour depend on the audience. You can tell by the look on a person's face when you've hit or missed the mark. I was telling some of my young colleagues (by now they're all young) about working on a weekly newspaper when one of my cronies stuffed a ball of burrs in my typewriter just to watch my reaction to the explosion. Hmm, times have changed. But seeing someone duped - some things just never lose their joy. That's what I don't get about facebook humour - you don't get to see the facial expression, but then I'm probably missing something "after my time." But that's another story.
I decided to update my skills and share some sources with you. Humour and pranks are appreciated not just today but any time so lets have a look:
But why should we read about others when: "Now you can amuse and embarrass yourself live, by performing the silliest, stupidest, funniest pranks and parlor tricks right in the comfort of your own living room. Or better yet, at any fancy restaurant, cocktail party, classroom, or business meeting. Best of Stuntology
Politicians are always a favourite target and if you don't remember Frank magazine Rick Mercer may be more your style.
And the very alive Tina Fey's: Bossypants
Which brings me back to the point of humour being such a subjective beast. Hope I've hit something you can relate to or otherwise use to bring a smile to someone's face.
As someone once told me: "If you're good for a laugh, you're good for something."
You've heard about "people learning from the mistakes of others" and then there are those of us who are the "others." If you want company check out Three Bricks Shy of a Load culled from newscasts and newspapers from around the world by Peter Taylor who spent 40 years in publishing in Toronto.
Enjoy April 1 - leave them laughing. Final suggestion: The Mammoth Book of 10,000 Zingers.
Oh, and if you have a young person in your life:Where do animals who've lost their tails shop for a new one? (A retail store)