Tomorrow is another day, and with luck, it will be better. (A caveat: If you are able to complete a funny joke on April Fools' Day, I give you all of the benefit of everything. APRIL FOOLS because it's not gonna happen.)
—Jen "I hate April Fools Day" Doll
Everyone needs to lighten up. April Fools' Day is fun!
"It's an excuse to be playful." All you haters out there need this day of forced fun. While some, including my colleague up there, might find that the Internet has gotten too nice, well, it hasn't. It's full of racism, sexism, hate, and pure evil, plus mean comments and blog posts about how terrible everything in the world is. And that's just the online part of the world. April Fools' Day is a nice reprieve from all of that darkness, as jokester and Atlantic.com health editor James Hamblin put it so well over Gchat. "I like it, an excuse to be playful," he said, after making me chuckle with a mini April Fools' Day joke of his own, pictured at right. Sure, it wasn't the most elaborate "trick" ever—you can't even really consider it a "prank"—but it made me chuckle. And that's a nice thing on a Monday.
Learning to appreciate the finesse of a good prank. Yes, Jen, it is true, there is a "complete saturation of stupidity" on this day. But that's what makes the 1st of April so great: It separates the master pranksters from the amateurs. It's like the battle royale of joke making. Because everyone is on high alert for pranks, stakes are insanely high, so if you're joke gets widespread approval it really deserves it. The best April Fools' day antics, like the BBC article about the world ending live on in infamy, with Redditors still talking about it this year. (There's also an equally entertaining Reddit thread about real live office pranks.)
And, even those who fail—like Google, this year—deserve a pat on the back for trying. Putting humor out there on the day where it will get the most intense scrutiny, via blog posts and Twitter, well, takes balls.
Since when do we only celebrate "real" holidays? Why are we taking this chance to hate on celebrations? There are so many other things worth despising, and so much more so than designated days of happiness. It might not involve candy or presents or God, but it has tradition, and that a holiday makes. Plus, it beats the dull everyday workday.
A lesson in humility. People really hate today, not because of all the bad Internet jokes but because nobody likes looking like the idiot who fell for the prank. We all could use a little more humility and embarrassment in our lives. The rest of the year we get to tweet and blog and facebook and operate like all knowing authorities. Today, we learn to think about the way things appear. And, if you fall for it, perhaps next time you'll learn to be a little more perceptive.
— Rebecca "Fun Is Fun" Greenfield
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