Ava Gempler, Davis High School junior: My mother will never have to concern herself with attempting to trick me on April Fool’s Day. She will never have to manipulate my surroundings to convince me of some grand illusion. Her scheme, never planned, is the same each year.
I have never had a difficult time remembering April Fool’s Day, even though I continue to be subconsciously fooled. It is a day my family will never let me forget, and for good reason. No matter how hard I strive to avoid the trap, I always begin to tell her “Happy Birthday.”
I suppose her trickery is not truly an illusion. Instead, she was born minutes after midnight, just after the first day of April. The classic parts of the tale my grandparents tell me include that not only was she born minutes into April 2, but she also came into the world in a completely backward direction. April Fool’s Day about 55 years ago has set the tone for every April Fool’s Day since.
April 1, in my family, is a day before a momentous occasion. It is the day I used to remind myself not to tell her “Happy Birthday.” My mother, however, no longer fools me. Every April Fool’s Day, she deserves a two-day celebration.
Cassandra Hernandez, Toppenish High School junior: Last year, I fell victim to a joke played on me by a group of guys at my school. It was around the time that the popular app Snapchat had just been released. Snapchat is an app that allows users to send a picture or video for a specific amount of time, and after the picture or video disappears it is no longer allowed to be seen.
The boys had an ingenious idea to make a fake Snapchat account and began to send me various “suggestive” snaps, without ever revealing anything that would give away their identities. This continued for a while during which my skepticism grew with each snap I received.
One day, their group approached me during school and continued to tell me that they were the ones who were sending me the snap chats. I had been so dumbfounded by the news that I crawled underneath a counter and refused to come out or look any of them in the eyes until they left. It’s safe to say that I stayed away from Snapchat for a while after that.
Jillian Foutz, Davis High School junior: April Fool’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. When I was younger, my attempts to pull a prank on my family were pathetically good-natured and therefore largely unsuccessful.
I would, when asked to do my chores, pretend I hadn’t done them when I already had. This, in my 8-year-old brain, was simply the best prank ever conceived and would undoubtedly make fools out of my entire family and anyone who happened to get roped in by my sheer comedic genius.
My crowning achievement (in the world of pranking, anyway) came when I covered my brother’s doorway with plastic wrap before he got up that morning, so that he would run into it rather than walking unhindered through his door, as was the norm. In hindsight, my pranks were not so much mischievous acts as they were poorly executed but well-intentioned jokes without much planning to them at all.
However, despite my apparent inability to create elaborate April Fool’s jokes, I’ve always loved a good prank — only the good ones, mind you.
Pranks, by definition, should be funny. A good prank is something that all participants can look back on, years later, and laugh about. Anything intended to anger or harm another person without his or her consent is not a joke; it’s just mean. Speaking from personal experience, being awakened by an air horn in the face is just about the least-fun prank of which one can be on the receiving end. Don’t do it.
That’s not to say that there are no “fun” pranks, just that pranksters should be a bit more considerate and clever with their tricks. This April Fool’s Day, remember your pranking etiquette, and have fun!
Alexa Hood, West Valley High School sophomore: Maybe half of the population spends the week before April 1 planning and perfecting the ultimate April Fool’s prank. The other half just hopes and prays nothing happens to them. I tend to fit in with the second half.
I will admit that coming across the topic of pranks in a conversation in Algebra 2 with some friends, Kayna and Ashley, there was one prank that I thought sounded particularly interesting. The subject was how we would react if someone saran-wrapped one of our cars to a pole while it was parked. Would we be really angry, confused and call for help, or pretend it wasn’t ours? I would definitely be very confused but also go along with it. After all, it is a joke and super impressive to actually pull something like that off!
It may sound surprising that I have never planned or been the victim of an April Fool’s Day prank. But to be honest, I’ve never seen the fun of it. I think it’s almost less fun to pull pranks on a certain day when everyone is expecting it. I think any day is a good day for pranks.
However, I fear that some may think this is a challenge to motivate them to pull a prank on me this coming Tuesday. It is not. But hey, I’m also not prohibiting the idea, either. I will say, though, that I probably won’t be leaving the comfort of my home that day unless I suddenly get a strong impulse to be “that” friend. Fair warning, compadres.