April Fools’ Day Do’s and Don’ts

April Fools’ Day Do’s and Don’ts

Good morning Rebels, and welcome back to my life.

It’s the 1st of April which, for large parts of the world, makes it April Fools’ Day, the day when you can’t trust literally anything you see on the Internet.

Last year for April Fools’ day I told you guys I was giving up writing to enter politics, which was of course itself an April Fools’ joke.

Now, a disturbing number of you thought I was serious and wished me well, and I don’t mean disturbing in the sense that I was disturbed that you believed me.

I mean believing someone when they say something doesn’t make you stupid or gullible, it just means you place faith in people, which is a good thing. Good on you.

But some of the people who believed me and wished me well had a sort of tone of, “Oh, wow, well, it’s probably for the best. The writing thing sure doesn’t seem to be working, does it?”

So that’s an April Fools’ joke that backfired.

But generally, I love April Fools’ day, I love the creativity people use to try and fool us as long as it’s done in good fun.

Here are some of my favorite April Fools’ day pranks that have been played on me, and that have been played on others in the past.

A couple of years ago Google put out an April Fools’ story about looking for volunteers for a colony mission to Mars.

I absolutely signed up for that thing. That’s what I’m talking about! That’s an awesome April Fools prank!

Tumblr has this awesome thing today called the “Executive Business Suite,” and if you click on it your Tumble dashboard is invaded by a little Clippy-type assistant who you can’t get rid of for the next twenty-four hours.

Does anyone out there remember Clippy? Just me? I’m starting to feel my age, guys.

Sometimes they aren’t even trying to “fool” you. Like for example, on Google Maps today, you can turn any street view into a Pac-Man game.

This is not an April Fools’ joke from me. This is an actual thing that Google has done, and I think it’s tremendous.

I just spent fifteen minutes playing Pac-Man in the streets of my neighborhood!

Check this out. On this YouTube video, RIGHT now, (if it’s still April First when you watch this) there’s an “Add Music” button right below the video if you’re viewing it on a web browser.

Click it. Go ahead. See what happens.

All of these things are great. Harmless pranks that make us laugh, mostly at ourselves.

So today I thought I would not make some phony announcement about traveling across America to see the largest balls of twine, chewing gum and rubber bands—respectively.

(I actually thought about doing that one with some clever greenscreen work).

But I will not film a vlog from my car and then simulate getting into a serious car accident to freak you all out, even though the question must be asked that if was in a car crash and my camera was destroyed, how would I have uploaded the video afterward?

And I definitely will not be pulling scare pranks on other people and compiling a video out of it, because that’s freaking terrible.

YouTubers who post scare videos just take all the fun out of the day. I don’t like seeing people get the crap freaked out of them, sometimes to the point that they cause themselves physical injury.

Like the videos where they jump-scare some big guy and he just decks the YouTuber. I’m sorry, that’s not funny.

It can seriously get someone hurt, and there’s no cleverness or thought put into it. It’s just shock value.

And we never do anything for shock value on this channel.

Stay safe in your own pranks today, Rebels, and tell me some of your favorite April Fools’ day moments in the comments.

I will see you tomorrow. Maybe. Byyye.

 

Garrett Robinson

Over 100,000 readers have read and loved Garrett's books, like the fantasy hits Nightblade and Midrealm. He's also a film festival favorite with movies like Unsaid, and a tech guru who posts lots of helpful how-tos for writers and filmmakers over at garrettbrobinson.com.

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