Monday, March 31, 2014

The Day I Played The Fool

Today I'm going to write about the best April Fools' Day joke that was ever played on me. Three years ago, I had been working at my current job only three months. I work at a small rural college. The college that I work at has a nursing program, and they use a fake (but extraordinarily real looking) skeleton for some of the anatomy classes. 

I am known to get to the office early in the morning before anyone else, so my boss and one of my coworkers hatched an ingenious (i.e. evil) plan after I left work for the day on the evening of March 31st. 

They took one of the skeletons out of one of the anatomy classrooms and placed it in my office chair to be discovered the next morning when I open my door. So the next morning I get there before everyone else as usual, unlocked my office door, opened it, turned the light on, and there was a skeleton sitting in my chair! 

I temporarily lost control of all bodily functions. 

You know that moment where it takes your brain a nanosecond to register what you are seeing? Well in that nanosecond before my brain was actually able to rationally think and realize what they had done, my life flashed before my eyes. I thought maybe there was a serial killer loose on campus sending me a message. Your next

After I regained control of my bodily functions (and my dignity), I had to smile at a job well done. Well played boss, well played.

What is the most memorable April Fools' Day joke that you have ever had played on you, or that you have played on someone else?

121 comments:

  1. Cruel but effective! My brain would've taken a moment to process that as well.
    A joke some of us at work played on another co-worker once was one of the best. We taped a tube under her desk and filled it with confetti. Then we hooked it up to an air compressor. Halfway during the morning, we turned on the compressor, and it shot confetti all over her office. I think she actually hit the ceiling!

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  2. I momentarily forgot that tomorrow is April Fool's Day. Thanks for the reminder. I'll have to keep an eye out for pranksters!

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  3. That sounds pretty fun. Hopefully you didn't actually empty your bowels. I enjoy seeing a good prank but I'm yet to do one myself. Or really have any done to me. I'm just far too nice to do that to someone. I once saw someone set up a wedding proposal for a prank. I think it had a happy ending with them getting engaged in the end, but at first it went badly because the man had no idea.

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  4. I went into labor on April 1, but it took a miserable 24 hours to deliver and my daughter was born on April 2. Does that count?

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  5. That would scared the heck out of me too ~ Some jokes are too cruel though, but if its all in harmless fun, why not ~ Happy April to you Keith ~

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  6. I went into labor on April 1, but it took a miserable 24 hours to deliver and my daughter was born on April 2. Does that count?

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  7. LOL That would have scared me, too. Did you ever get your boss and coworker back?

    Happy Monday!

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  8. I would've run screaming from the building! :)

    One April's Fool Day, when my sister and I were younger, my Mom woke us up saying there was no school that day, that it had snowed and the schools were all closed. NOT! :)

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    1. I'm with Madeline - I would have probably also had a heart attack. I can't remember any jokes being played on me and I don't have the kind of sense of humor that would think of one.

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  9. I would have had the same reaction as you. I've read so many mystery/thriller books, I would have also thought it was a serial killer sending me a message! lol

    I can't remember any that I've done or had done to me that were that good. But now I'll be thinking . . .

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  10. haha that would be quite the scare in the early morning, hopefully you had a change of clothes after the bodily function thing lol

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  11. scarey stuff for sure--I was never much of a prangster at all-but I do remember when I was in college and april fools day landed on a day when I would be home for a week-so I mailed off a letter to my parents that I had turned into a biker "chic" and I went on and on about all the fun I was getting in to-I was brought up with very strict rules so no this, can't do this, can't smoke, cant drink and on and on-so I guess this must have been quite a shock to my mom when she read it-when I returned home that week-she didn't even mention the letter-I brought it up and said april fools-

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  12. Hello Keith,

    Oh dear. We can only imagine ourselves in your place. The screams would have shaken the very fabric of the building!

    No, we are not keen on practical jokes and tend to be reduced to tears of sorrow rather than joy by them. We shall hibernate on the 1st!

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  13. Wow, that's a evil plan indeed. It worked well too.

    I've never played a prank on anyone on April 1 and I've never had anyone play one on me. Why? Don't know.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  14. I started a job on April 1..........nuf said.

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  15. This year the best joke was played by nature itself: we broke 100 inches of snow today :(

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  16. April 1 is my sister's birthday, and we just didn't ever think about playing any tricks. It was too much fun to enjoy birthday cake and ice cream!:-)

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  17. I haven't a single memory of April Fool's day pranks.

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  18. I've never been a victim of April Fool's day. Well, I'll see how tomorrow goes then ;)

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  19. psst! I added you to my blog list! Hope you don't mind :)

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  20. Sounds intense! Hope this year is calmer for you. ; )

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  21. Lol, cool post :)
    No idea who all will will play joke upon me tomorrow :)

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  22. hhaaha..that was a nice one :) Lucky you to have such a wonderful experience of April fool

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  23. That was a pretty awesome prank. I'm glad you could regain your dignity and share that with us! haha

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  24. I can't think of any played on me but I do remember playing some on others that were epic failures. My timing was never good.

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  25. That is a hilarious April Fool joke - - but it's a good thing you didn't have a weak heart! I honestly can't think of any April Fool pranks that have been played on me recently. Who knows....perhaps tomorrow I'll be a victim of one.

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  26. Oh good grief that is freaking epic! Last one I did was pretty hysterical - I picked two very gullible friends with strong opinions on tattoos, doctored a photo of myself to have a really, really stupid tat, sent it to both and trolled them all day.

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  27. They got you there Keith - just as well you're a good sport.
    I've never had one played on me! :(

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  28. WOW!! That was a good one. Thankfully nothing like that has ever happened to me.

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  29. That is fantastic! I might have to steal that idea... :P

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  30. One of my coworkers told my manager that some one had crashed into her brand new Honda, ( that she bought with her borrowed money on her 401k). My manager screamed and ran out the door and came back in cursing and laughing when we told her that it was April Fool,s Day.

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  31. Haha not bad! :) I am glad there was no serial killer. :)

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  32. That is about the best April Fool prank I have heard of. I really can't think of any....I have, I guess, had a boring April Fool history. Sigh.

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  33. That is such a weird moment, when we can process what we are seeing. I bet you're on the lookout now! I can't remember any as good as yours and I definitely forget the mean ones. Here's to being an April Fool every year.

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  34. Oh LOL, poor you! That really is a good one. Unfortunately I can't remember a single one right now, but my mom gets me every single year. Usually she does it on the phone, sometimes she will even reveal it a day later and she always gets me really good ;) I was never able to play it back on her though :D Now I'm curious what's gonna happen tomorrow :) :)

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  35. Hahahaha...good one! Well played boss...indeed! I can't think of any April Fool's stories offhand. I'll have to give that some thought.

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  36. I don't know if I ever had a joke played against me, mind you, I did play a part in the April 1st.

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  37. That's funny Keith!

    I'm a joking type. I always give my students a fake handout for a massive paper to write. I get some students really mad at me before the realize it's fake.

    My Dad used to always take Metamucil to work. I replaced it with salt. Anyhow he thought one of his own students did that. I heard my mom and him talking about (who could have done that?). Then I came clean.

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  38. You poor thing! I would have screamed. I must be lucky, I don't think anyone has ever played a trick on me on April 1st. Maybe I'm missing out on something...

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  39. That's so funny! I probably run outside and scream hahahha. I don't remember any April's Fools Day joke that I encountered so far. Well see tomorrow, keeping my eyes peeled. I'm prepared for tomorrow. :)

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  40. Ha, I hope paybacks were just as fun. My favorite one was too long to tell here but involved a double cross on the original prankster and I got to be part of both.

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  41. I have to say that I do not like April Fools or being fooled. I never have, even when I was young. One day, Phil's battery charger went off with a high pitched shriek. I jumped and was SO scared that my heart went out of rhythm, wouldn't go back in, and I had to go to the cardiologist! Isn't that so sad that I cannot take shocks? Tomorrow I will try to huddle in a darkened home all day long!!!

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  42. P.S. you have my permission to really yuk it up when you read my story! Have a nice day.

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  43. A nano second of the most terrible fear. They were cruel, but clever.

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  44. Ha ha nice one - no one has played a joke on me since I was a child - although I sometimes get taken in when a national newspaper prints a false story.

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  45. I have been lucky enough to not have anyone play a joke on me... let me tell you I will be super careful tomorrow morning when I get to work :) I haven't even played a joke on anyone :)

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  46. Sorry no good April Fools stories but I quite enjoyed yours. : )

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  47. hahahahaha oh my...lost control of your bodily functions...seriously need a youtube video...lol....still love the BBCs staghetti trees....smiles...i dunno i need to think on this...i know i have had some good ones....we had a teacher we sent a letter to be at the principals office at a particular time for an unaanounced review....and he went...and we did not let the principal in on it...lol

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  48. This is hilarious, Keith, I enjoyed it. I don't have any recollection of April Fools stories to share.

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  49. That's hilarious! I would probably have had heart failure.

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  50. I love it! I was trying to picture my reaction if that had happened to me - probably a lot like yours - lol!

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  51. That is hysterical! My in-laws came over yesterday and I moved my car behind my hubby's so my FIL would have an easy walk in. That's when brilliance struck me. Hubby never falls for anything on April 1, he knows better. So I came in from moving my car, told my 6yr old to run downstairs (man cave) and tell his dad, 'Dad, Dad, mom accidentally hit your car with hers.' Took him about half a second to come running up those stairs. I'm still laughing. :)

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  52. They could've given you a heart attack!

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  53. April 1 was like a national holiday to my ex-wife...I hate that day.

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  54. Ohhhhhhh that is classic!!!! My best one was when I was a freshman in High School ... and my Mom was driving me to school ... she announced she was pregnant!!! Ummmmm, Mom, I say... you had a Hysterectomy after you had Steve (my brother).... and she had me totally convinced, medical miracle, things happen sometimes, etc etc etc ... oh geez ... she still reminds me to this day that she got me good that year! LOL!!!

    PS ... that journal I altered ... it was apples *wink* :)

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  55. oh scary! Thanks for the April Fools reminder, will have my guard up!

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  56. Hahaha That was good one. It was prob. creepy when you were all alone with it. I can't recall any April Fool joes for a long time and I guess they were not too good, since I can't remember them.

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  57. I've never really had a joke played on me for April Fools, though I do like to think I would be a good sport about it. My 10 year old has been itching to plan something wicked to play on her sister tomorrow. Something about putting hot sauce in all of her food or something lol.

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  58. I am not a prankster and have never had one played on me either. Hmm...

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  59. I would have had a heart attack!

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  60. I can't think of anything too funny either way, we're too lame around here in SC.

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  61. I was 4 or 5 years old, when my brothers sent me to a neighbours to get some sand for the new motor they were installing in our car ... :)

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  62. Oh that is a really good one. I wish someone would do some scary sort of practical joke on me but it's never happened.

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  63. Oh my Dear lord. I would have died!

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  64. Never had one played on me but my best friend and I once rearranged the entire living room so that everything that was on one side of the room was moved to the opposite side. We did this while my mother was out doing laundry and, when she walked through the door, she didn't even notice the difference. When we finally pointed it out to her, she loved it and decided to keep it that way.

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  65. That is a hilarious joke. I hope you passed it on to other new employees over the years. I don't recall any April Fool's jokes played on me, but I've done them to my kids for years. haha

    Elsie
    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

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  66. Ha! What a riot! I don't know what's more funny. The prank or the way you told it!!! You must be well liked at work, and a fun coworker. I can tell.
    What a lol moment! :))

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  67. you just gave me the best inspiration for this day friend!

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  68. Spoke too soon. I've just been completely sucked in by an article in the local Nottingham paper. They claimed to have found the remains of Robin Hood and i fell for

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  69. I love mysteries, and have read some pretty gruesome stuff- but if I walked in a room and a skeleton was sitting in my chair- I guess I would lose something too- or run out of the room, shrieking like a little girl. LOL! I have never been pranked on April Fool's Day. I count myself lucky!!

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  70. Gosh now I'm counting myself very lucky with the pranks played on me! Taht was a good one!

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  71. That's a good one. I'd be out to kill if that joke was played on me.

    When I wrote a newsletter in high school, I wrote an article about all the UC systems changing their admissions requirements and deferring new students for an entire year. It caused a flurry. Not really. Only one person commented on it. Guess I didn't go to school with many high achievers.

    Cheers,
    xoRobyn

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  72. LOL I can only imagine the first electrical bolt of fear that raced through you for a moment.... I wish I could remember one...my son used to pull stuff all the time...but they usually left me briefly traumatised...so i guess I blocked them LOL

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  73. Wow, what a joke! Call in NCIS and Ducky ..I have to say I do NOT remember any really bad April Fool's jokes played on me..I guess I lucked out..Enjoy your week and happy April!

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  74. Ah, good prank. My question is, did you return the favor the following year? :)

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  75. Nothing as exciting as what happened to you, Keith ... that was a well-played joke :) Hope you had a fun April Fool's Day. No jokes here today ... I was so busy I didn't even think about it! Take care :)

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  76. My deceased Mama and my deceased husband Mel both used to like to tell a little white lie and then correct it and yell April Fools and laugh like crazy. Yours tops them all.

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  77. A few years ago, a principal pulled a teacher out of her class and whispered to her. Next, the teacher told the class how the state department lost their writing tests and that they would have to take them again.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-z-meets-babies-with-letter-b.html

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  78. I've never participated but I have had plenty played on me but nothing memorable.

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  79. I don't know that it was necessarily an April fool (I'm not sure when it happened). My husband and a couple of his co-workers found another of their co-workers badges (which much always be on the person). So they bought a $2.00 sandwich out of the vending machine, put the badge in and they guy had to pay $2.00 to get it back. But it also taught him a lesson to never take it off!

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  81. That must have startled you, Keith. I don't remember any elaborate April fools jokes played on me, but I do remember a time when a friend put one of those rubber rats on my washing machine, and when I went to wash my clothes, it freaked me out, as I have the biggest fear of mice and rats.

    Happy April.

    ~Sheri

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  82. Oh ,its very nice but so aweful also...

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  83. HAHAHAHAaaaaaa!!!! "After I regained control of my bodily functions (and my dignity)" I love it how you've expressed that scene! I can totally imagine it! Happy April Fool's!

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  84. I imagine that was startling...but now you made me smile. I have not played jokes on anyone on April fools...at least none that I can remember :)

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  85. Lover I used to live with in a house had a basement office. I got up an found him on the phone with the cops, and hushed me for a second, then told him about the robbery last night that the thief had taken some very secret document had given our German Sheppard something or cookies to keep him quiet, I ran downstairs and his office what turned upside down stuff was stolen, Benny our German Sheppard was still munching on a cookie and i remember telling him well since when don't you bark when someone's at the door...I was shocked i kept on staring at what the thief had done and things he had taken i was in shock totally and when my guy got downstairs I said to him how in the world is this even possible I mean Benny would have barked my God what if the thief put something in his cookies, and why why didn't he barked he said well you know he never ever barks on April 1, took me a second and I just said you're a jerk and left the room 'Don't scare me like that' oh man did he get me!

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  86. I would have pee'd myself too haha. I haven't participated in an April fools joke for years. Sounds like you work in a fun place.

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  87. Hello, human, Keith,

    I can imagine you basically crapped yourself seeing that skeleton. A very funny visual I have in my doggy mind :)

    Did you know that in Britain they go straight from March 31 to April 2? April 1 does not exist on a British calendar.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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  88. oh dear I think they made you a terrible joke!
    Thank'smGod we don't have this day here but to December 28 they are something like this. oh dear!

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  89. That certainly would have muddle my mind a few nano-seconds as well. Not exactly what you would expect when you open your office door. :-)

    I don't play April Fool pranks on others. They tend to get a bit nasty in observation.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  90. It wouldn't have been such a great joke if you had had a heart attack! Glad you recovered!

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  91. I think that would have scared me silly too! Happy April Keith.
    Anna :o]

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  92. Oh my goodness! That is awesome. I haven't really had any great jokes played on me, but my husband... We were headed out to family function, and he put his shoes on in the dark. When we got there, someone pointed out he was two different shoes. He was sure I set that one up, but the truth? He did it to himself. Yes!

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  93. That's a cool story. I've never had a joke played on me nor played one on anyone else. Boring, eh?

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  94. This is a great story! I would be terrified. The best joke ever played on me was when my dad put rice in his hair...it looked like maggots! I almost died.

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  95. There was this time we convinced someone to don a helmet, night stick, and whistle to guard our ship from attack by the Barbary Apes living on the Rock of Gibraltar. Of course, we were going 20 knots 7 miles from the rock. But, we told the guy that the monkeys can swim.
    Ah...good times, good times.

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  96. That's funny! A friend of mine texted me on the 1st and told me she was at the hospital, her water had broke. I told her good one, ha ha! She had her baby that night around 11:30! I thought she was kidding!! I felt silly. :)

    Hope all is well for you. :)

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  97. It was always fun playing pranks when I was a kid ... don't indulge much nowadays :-)

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  98. You got a terrific experience on April fool! Mine where never been unusual…

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  99. That was fun, I meant reading only ... could sense your trauma as well *grins* ... I guess, I've been lucky to escape such pranks ... nothing more than a lie or a crank call ... phew ... You got a heart, I'd have fainted .. :)

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  100. NOthing that made me lose my bodily functions!!!

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  101. Haha...made me smile :)
    I spend all day every 1st April trying to avoid getting caught...doesn't always work though :/

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  102. You have not to watch many movies about skeletons, killers, detective stories etc. The fool day is just a nice joke day!

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  103. Thanks for your story. It gave me a laugh. My brothers and I would prank one another all the time. I won't divulge details though.

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  104. That is hilarious! Hopefully now you can laugh at it haha. One time my parents played a prank on my sisters and me. We had just been talking about those mattress tags and how you aren't supposed to remove them, well they said the police had called because we removed one of those mattress tags haha. We were so scared!

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  105. Hi Keith, just stopping by to tell you that you won the chocolate giveaway on my blog. Congratulations! I sent you an email from klange61AThotmail.com. Happy weekend! :)

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  106. Not much into pranks, myself. This was a cute story, Keith ;-)

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  107. Laughing that was a funny story thanks for sharing.

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  108. Nice prank! I think all the pranks I have been involved in are much smaller scale than yours!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  109. Oh, my gosh, Keith! That was ambitious. Did you get him back? :) I would have been all, 'Game. On.'

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  110. That's so funny and rather evil. hahaha

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  111. Love that!!! Still laughing here.

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  112. Oh gracious! I just burst out laughing while reading your post. Too, too funny!

    Hmmmm.... no, I can't remember a joke being played on me. I have such a poor memory.

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  113. I don't have one, but that was a good one! Glad you kept your functions.

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  114. Yes, a girl said I love you and later denied by saying "april fool" lol. I hate that day. Oh, hope you enjoyed, or else you should have your revenge someday. :-)

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