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Volume 9, Number 22
1 April 2003






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April Foolís Day is the one day of the year when it is internationally okay to play a practical joke on someone else.
I don't have knowledge of how this day came to be celebrated, but I do have some theories (haha). Maybe in the old days everybody was more carefree and they didnít have the responsibility or the technology of today, so those people got their kicks out of playing jokes on one another. Then one day, somebody (probably the usual victim of these jokes) got fed up and spread a rumor that it was only ďrightĒ to play a joke on someone one day of the year (again probably being selfish and only thinking of himself as he's usually the victim).
Or maybe itís a day when people can get revenge on others for just one day of the year and blame it on April Foolís day. Me? Well I like, okay love, celebrating April Foolís, and Iím usually thinking of new things to do to somebody else on April 2nd! But I must admit, technology is making my job harder. How? Well if I pretend that Iím going away to another state or say that Iíve fallen terribly ill, all one has to do is pick up his cell phone and make a few phone calls to find out the truth. Movies have also exposed every good trick to the whole world, but is this going to stop me? No way! Iím going to find a new way to have a laugh this year.
Maybe I should try the blood from the mouth trick and faint, that usually scares everyone (hehe). Or maybe I should kidnap myself and send a ransom note, but the only problem is, what if it backfires and nobody comes to save meÖor worse, my friends start sending me messages saying ďwe are going to lunch at Ankuva to spend your ransom money, come and join us, by the way X is also here so Iíll see you there in 10 minsĒ... then I guess the joke would be on me! Nah, I think Iíll just stick to the scare-them-and-then-laugh jokes where Iíll probably get punched in the arm and be told off for being childish. Ah, I love April Foolís, it really get the old grey matter working! April Foolís Day is the one day of the year when it is internationally okay to play a practical joke on someone else.
I don't have knowledge of how this day came to be celebrated, but I do have some theories (haha). Maybe in the old days everybody was more carefree and they didnít have the responsibility or the technology of today, so those people got their kicks out of playing jokes on one another. Then one day, somebody (probably the usual victim of these jokes) got fed up and spread a rumor that it was only ďrightĒ to play a joke on someone one day of the year (again probably being selfish and only thinking of himself as he's usually the victim).
Or maybe itís a day when people can get revenge on others for just one day of the year and blame it on April Foolís day. Me? Well I like, okay love, celebrating April Foolís, and Iím usually thinking of new things to do to somebody else on April 2nd! But I must admit, technology is making my job harder. How? Well if I pretend that Iím going away to another state or say that Iíve fallen terribly ill, all one has to do is pick up his cell phone and make a few phone calls to find out the truth. Movies have also exposed every good trick to the whole world, but is this going to stop me? No way! Iím going to find a new way to have a laugh this year.
Maybe I should try the blood from the mouth trick and faint, that usually scares everyone (hehe). Or maybe I should kidnap myself and send a ransom note, but the only problem is, what if it backfires and nobody comes to save meÖor worse, my friends start sending me messages saying ďwe are going to lunch at Ankuva to spend your ransom money, come and join us, by the way X is also here so Iíll see you there in 10 minsĒ... then I guess the joke would be on me! Nah, I think Iíll just stick to the scare-them-and-then-laugh jokes where Iíll probably get punched in the arm and be told off for being childish. Ah, I love April Foolís, it really get the old grey matter working!

Sibel Muradoūlu (ELIT/III)


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