atesIf you're looking for April Fools' inspiration, the Internet is a treasure trove of ideas, with digital pranksters constantly one-upping each other to win viral fame....
1 April 2014
I've not found April Fools Day "pranks" funny for some time now. And, in spite of my "terribly sophisticated sense of humor" (?), I find them particularly unfunny when perpetrated by adults.
Some of my most shameful memories resulted from either "perpetrating or playing along without objection to" pranks (regardless of the date), that had only one goal and that was to get laughs by embarrassing someone publicly.
There is a gray line between "Ah c'mon! Can't you take a joke?" and cruelty.
I'd be interested in the reaction to the the literary pranksters mentioned in this scooped article.I'd suggest that you pay particular attention to the "hilarity" ratings.
Can you get through all 9 examples without wondering when pranks cross the line into disgusting?
I suppose after 30+ years teaching a very popular Satire class, I can't deny that I find the foolish to be the source of significant chagrin; not only in the extent of harm they bring to the human condition (think blonde, gay, Polish, racist etc. "jokes" and serious behaviors). But they also attract all the snake oil sales persons, scam artists, the "legitimate thieves" on Wall Street, main street, and their illegitimate counterparts in back alleys, in Government, and businesses who know where the easy pickings are and have no qualms about exploiting those who are either misinformed, ill-informed, disinformed or just plain fools.
No. I did not say that everyone on Wall Street, Main Street, in back alleys, government or business are evil. I only suggested that those who would serve themselves by crossing lines of ethics and decency can be found everywhere. And, that they are too often smart enough to know who the easiest to exploit are.
Some quotes from other authors on the subject.
They'd be funny if they weren't so tragically true.
According to Mark Twain...
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year."
According to Ambrose Bierce...
"April fool, n. The March fool with another month added to his folly."
According to Douglas Adams...
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
According to Charles Lamb...
Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.
According to an Irish Proverb...
Don't give cherries to pigs or advice to fools.
According to a Spanish Proverb...
It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools.
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