April Fools' Day 2013: Which pranks should you avoid?

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 31, 2013 

When it comes to April Fools’ Day jokes, which topics are off-limits? For example, I think any jokes involving possible pregnancies are out of line. Same goes for guys who jokingly propose marriage on April 1. When simple humor turns into serious emotional distress, you have a problem.

Quick clarification on the pregnancy item: It's one thing for a couple to jokingly tell some friends they're expecting a child. It's another thing for a girlfriend to freak out her boyfriend with a fake pregnancy. I oppose the latter scenario.

Which makes me wonder how you handle April Fools' Day when you're in a relationship.

I'm not a big one for long, elaborate pranks. Go ahead, tell me you burned dinner or accidentally threw away my Red Bull. But don't attempt any "joke" that involves a story about breaking up with me because you met a girl at the mall.

It's one thing to indulge in pranks when you know someone's sense of humor. But you need to tread MUCH more lightly when you're in the early stages of a relationship. My advice: If you just started dating, stay away from potentially controversial humor.

If you decide to play an April Fools' Day joke on your significant other, check out this article. It's some ideas for pranking your boyfriend, but many of the ideas aren't gender-specific.

Also, don't miss these suggestions from Buzzfeed. Click on the article and you'll learn how to print a fake parking ticket.

Finally, search Pinterest for prank inspiration. Here's an example of ideas available on the social media site. The idea of filling doughnuts with mayonnaise seems especially popular this year. The sad thing? Some people might actually enjoy eating one of those.

Even if you're not pranking anybody, check out this cute joke from the Google folks. When you usually go to google.com/trends, you land on a page of "hot searches" -- the most-searched items online at the moment. Today, the default page is "cold searches," which includes items like Y2K and prom scrunchies. Want to see the real hot searches? No problem. Click on "cold searches (United States)," then when you get to the next page click on "hot searches" on the left rail.

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