Well it’s that time of year when your shoe laces trip you, it rains indoors, and The Onion is rightfully the most popular news outlet… April Fool’s Day! Now I must say I generally look forward to April 1st each year but do not try and actively prank those around me, aside from the usual corny jokes that comes out over conversation. That being said, it does seem as though this holiday has become much bigger over the past decade. It may be because of the realized marketing opportunity it can offer a business of any size or could be due to the social media/networking sites through which communities of users love to egg this sort of stuff on.
I’m interested to see what kind of new products will come out this year. Perhaps another Canine Repellant Alloy Protection (CRAP) material by BMW or maybe BBC will come back with Smell-o-Vision again where they claimed odors could be transmitted with sound and picture. Too funny. I’m sure Google will have a good tech prank, as they have in the past. Hopefully Wikipedia doesn’t explode with content credibility arguments.
I’d like to see some good math jokes again this year. One year mathematicians apparently changed the value of pi. Another year they said time was going to be changed to a metric system based on powers of 10. I think these pranks that make people think awkwardly about concepts on which they’ve based their entire lives are the best. Let’s switch the meaning of “eye” and “nose” this year. That would surely make some people think hard.
Regardless, April Fools’ Day is a good day for some good laughs. That is until someone loses a nose.