I was going to write a lede about Open Salon's pay wall is beginning on April 1st. However this was a very cheap way to wish you all an early April Fool's Day.
I think the ritual April Fool's Day pranks that used to occur at work are now relegated to twentieth century memories, along with rotary telephones, typewriters, korrect tape, and smoking at your desk.
It's no longer "appropriate" to pull April Fool's Day pranks at work. Employers and their Human Resources Departments (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) have zero tolerance for this type of workplace behavior.
Activities like changing the Men and Women signs on company Rest Rooms, issuing pink slips to entire departments, yelling after employees who innocently leave your office "AND STAY OUT!!!" just isn't as fun as it used to be.
I remember the days of leaving "while you were out" messages marked URGENT from people like Ella Funt or Leo DeLyons and the return phone number of the Bronx Zoo, or Benson's Wild Animal Park, only to have the hapless employee get "punked" when told you've just had an April Fool's joke played on you.
Other jokes included calling Funeral Homes and explaining that you were moving and wondered if they had any empty boxes they could let you have.
One enterprising high school student called the radio station where I worked early one April Fool's Day morning to say he was Principal Richards and that school was cancelled. When he failed to give the appropriate password, I put him on the air and got him to talk. The real Principal Richards was listening that morning, recognized the young man's voice and when the alleged perpetrator got to school and was summoned to the principal's office, the joke, apparently, was on him.
I always thought that the April Fool's Day pranks at work were relatively harmless and was a way to blow off steam. Today it just isn't acceptable behavior. I'm not sure if that's better or worse.
What were your favorite April Fool's Day pranks?