Salt in the sugar bowl
Today (April 1) is the day when you can expect there to be tricks played, both by you and on you. For the most part, these tricks will be harmless, but you should remain wary and exercise more than your ordinary amount of care as you go about your day's work, play, and resting.
Some of the more elaborate tricks
There he sits, the man at his breakfast table, reading the morning newspaper. The big headline at the top of Page One is screaming out the latest news from Great Britain:
"Queen Mother Has Twins"
Now, that's something. The queen is into her 80's.
"Twins? At her age? I'd best read this story while my coffee is cooling down," thinks the man.
The newspaper article goes into all sorts of details about how happy the queen is to have twins arrive in her old age, how healthy the little ones are (although weighing but slightly more than one pound each), the pretty hair color they have despite being so tiny, and how the queen is making big plans for their futures - hoping all the while to be around when they mature. The article goes on and on about such things.
The breakfast coffee is now finished, and the man heads for his telephone.
"Gotta spread the word on this. Wow. This is some kind of news all right."
Lots of tricks you can buy, ready-made
Actually, you can buy fake newspapers like this one -- not everywhere, but if the local newsstand does not have a copy for you with which to spoof someone, they can be ordered over the Internet. Not all of these fake newspapers will have stories and photos of the queen's new puppies (her two new babies), but they may hit even closer to home. Check it out.
Shake hands, Friend
When we were youngsters some of us learned to make little surprise gadgets we called "handies." They were put together from very common and low cost pieces - a rubber band and a small paper clip. We would suspend the paper clip about midway of the rubber band, slip each end of the rubber band over the thumb and the little finger of our right hand, holding the twisted rubber band and its paper clip in our palm. Then we'd go looking for someone with whom to shake hands. Once the hands came together in a friendly shake, we'd arch the hand that palmed the gadget, giving it some space to twirl around. Usually, the twirling would startle the victim.
Things really got to be fun when the victim also had one of these homemade vibrator gadgets in their right hand.
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April Fools Day is supposed to be a fun day. There is likely to be no end of tricks that a person can pull on those who unwarily come into view and gain the attention of a trickster. If you know of some good tricks and wish to promulgate some of them, HubPages might be just the place to spread the word about them.
Here's my "Dumb Poem" in celebration of the day, April First
There's no fool like an April fool
Folks all think it funny
to play their tricks on me.
"April Fool" is what they yell,
But on this first of April
their tricks roll off my hide.
People fool me all year long.
Today's an easy ride!