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Journal Writing Project - April Fish Day

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Megan Kiehne

Hold still, there’s something crawling up your back! Gotcha, April Fools! Happy April Fools’ Day everyone. I hope you have been on your toes for those tricksters you know.

Every year on April first we celebrate April Fools’ Day. The celebration of April Fools’ Day is a mystery as to how and where it evolved. Some believe it evolved simultaneously in numerous cultures at the same time. Unlike Valentine’s Day or Christmas, April Fools’ Day doesn’t involve buying gifts or taking that “significant other” out to eat. Workers don’t get the day off or students don’t get let out of school. It is just a simple, fun day when you must remain alert, or you may be the next April Fool. In France and other European countries, April first is often referred to as April Fish. Their prank is to stick a paper fish to the backs of other people without being noticed. Maybe we should try this in Fillmore County and stick paper trout on each other’s backs!

There have been some pretty epic and hilarious April Fools’ Day jokes over the years. These pranks on April Fools’ Day can range from simple to elaborate. An example of a simple prank is to say, “Your shoe’s untied”, or “I accidently stepped on your glasses!” More elaborate pranks could be setting a person’s alarm clock an hour ahead or super gluing some coins to the side walk and then watching people try to pick up the coins. After the victim has recognized the prank the trickster yells out, “April Fools!” I remember when I was younger my brother, Matthew, and I tried planning pranks on our parents but somehow they always back fired. One year I even convinced my little brother that he was adopted. My parents played along with me for a short time and he completely fell for the prank.

April Fools’ Day is fun when the pranks are harmless. Trying to pull a dangerous or harmful prank will turn into a mess and end up not being funny. So stick to the simple pranks and try to trick your family and friends. Yikes, that thing is still crawling up your back!

Megan Kiehne is a senior at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fourteenth year.

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