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April Fools’ Day!

I get fooled on April Fools’ Day EVERY YEAR. I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m super gullible or because I’m just not aware that it is April Fools’ Day, but every year it never fails. My best friend is the queen at pulling pranks and she is typically the one who gets me. One year in high school, she convinced me that her family was moving to another state. Even my Mom got upset with her for that one, since of course I was quite distraught thinking that my best friend was moving away!

Not only do I get fooled every year, but I’m also really bad at fooling others. I think it’s because I get so excited seeing the punch line coming that I give it away with my giggling. Needless to say, I’m not good at playing poker either. This year, though, I’m staying aware of my surroundings, food, conversations, etc., so that maybe, just maybe, I can avoid being the fool of the day.

It’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt. –Mark Twain

Here are two top April Fools’ Day pranks that I found pretty shocking. 🙂

  • In 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased the Liberty Bell to “reduce the country’s debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell.” When asked about the sale, White House press secretary Mike McCurry replied tongue-in-cheek that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the “Lincoln Mercury Memorial.”
  • In 1998, Burger King ran an ad in USA Today, saying that people could get a Whopper for left-handed people whose condiments were designed to drip out of the right side. Not only did customers order the new burgers, but some specifically requested the “old,” right-handed burger.

Did you get fooled yet today?

Rachael

Lightlife Team Member

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Lightlife's resident blogger and veggie enthusiast, Rachael, gives you an insight into the vegetarian world as well as a peek at what’s new in Turners Falls.

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