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It’s a fool’s paradise

What better occasion than the April Fool’s day for youngsters to take digs at their friends? After the high voltage Indo-Pak cricket match, this day is perfect to crack some jokes at the expense of your pals and ease the frayed nerves.

entertainment Updated: Apr 01, 2011 01:00 IST
Sandeep Verma

What better occasion than the April Fool’s day for youngsters to take digs at their friends? After the high voltage Indo-Pak cricket match, this day is perfect to crack some jokes at the expense of your pals and ease the frayed nerves.

“Once my boyfriend, who works in Pune, called me on April Fool’s day. I didn’t take his call, but sent him a text message from my sister’s phone saying I have met with an accident and got hospitalised. He reached Delhi by that evening. It was fun,” says Sukhjeet Kaur, a third year student of Bhagat Singh College.

Purva, a student of mass communication, gave her parents a not-so-pleasant surprise. “Once, I went out of Delhi for a seven-day trip with my friends. On the fifth day, I asked one of my guy friends to call my mother from a local booth and tell her that I could not be found — I was either lost or kidnapped. But before my mother could react, I was there, standing in front of her. It turned out to be a tensed prank, but I cracked up, seeing her expression,” says Purva.

For Remzi, who works in an ad agency, the words of his girlfriend on an April Fool’s day stumped him. “My girlfriend is pursuing her MBA from Hyderabad and on April 1, some years back, she told me she was coming to Delhi, for a day. Knowing the day it was, I ignored her words. But she arrived on that day and waited at the airport for me for two hours. That’s when I realised that not everything is an April Fool prank,” he says.

The origin of April Fool’s day remains a mystery but it is largely believed that people who did not accept the change of calendar from April 1 to Jan 1 in the 15th century, were the first ones to be targeted as ‘April Fish’. And now, we honk it as ‘April fool’.


Serious jokes
Top three pranks played:
1 In 1950, Dutch Television aired the news that Tower of Pisa had fallen over.
2 In 1980, BBC reported that to keep up with the times, Big Ben would read digital.
3 BBC again played the trick in 2008, when it broadcasted that it has found a flying penguin’s colony.