Happy Easter Fools Day! April 1, 2018 8:41 PM   Subscribe

The confluence of April Fool's Day and Easter was entertaining at my house, did you play any tricks? Get pranked? What was the most fun?

(If Easter isn't your thing, but jokes are, feel free to stick to that side of it.)
posted by Margalo Epps to MetaFilter-Related at 8:41 PM (30 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

I filled about a fifth of the plastic Easter eggs with weird things: a fake spider, corks, corn on the cob prongs, an assortment of kinder egg animals, a piece of glass candy. Possibly my favorite was the look on my daughter's face when she opened the egg with a soy sauce packet. Just absolute bafflement. (Several of them made her laugh, though her review was that there should have been fewer joke eggs and more candy.)
posted by Margalo Epps at 9:07 PM on April 1, 2018 [27 favorites]


I have a friend who made "cake pops" for her kids' baskets - except with Brussels sprouts instead of cake. Her three year old apparently didn't recover from the shock and horror and they had to go home from Grandma's to take an extra nap.
posted by ChuraChura at 11:13 PM on April 1, 2018 [26 favorites]


A bunch of my friends bought colorful foil wrappers and wrapped grapes and grape tomatoes to make them look like chocolate eggs for easter basket goodies.
posted by spindrifter at 6:32 AM on April 2, 2018 [4 favorites]


We made Easter daiquiris and I'll tell you, they really did hit the spot.
posted by selfnoise at 6:36 AM on April 2, 2018 [1 favorite]


This is the first year that I didn't get an Easter basket from my mom. I guess at nearly 41 I am finally an adult!
posted by elsietheeel at 6:41 AM on April 2, 2018 [6 favorites]


I played no pranks. It was my friend's birthday so we had a big Easter dinner, with a bunch of friends, a giant outdoor egg hunt, then we celebrated my friend's birthday and all went out to see a movie. It was a great day.

At midnight, I was exhausted and climbed into bed only to find myself lying on a rock-hard plastic ball that my son had slipped into the bed. Fucker.
posted by bondcliff at 6:45 AM on April 2, 2018 [8 favorites]


My partner and I did a thing we thought was hilarious. It wasn't intentionally an April Fool's prank but the timing worked out that way-- some friends of got married on March 31. Their real present wasn't ready yet and while we were casting about for something else we realized we had some of their camping equipment we'd borrowed, like, nine months ago. So we wrapped that as extravagantly and sickeningly as possible. We're talking glitter, multiple ribbons, horrendous wedding paper, the whole (big) pile looked like an expensive hotel lobby in Florida (or the interior of a Mormon temple) when we were done. Topped with schmoopy card (and a real card saying their actual present was on the way in the bottom of a box.) We applauded ourselves for our ingenuity and slightly cruel sense of humor and thought no more of it.

Except it turns out they were planning to go camping the day after the wedding, April 1. So my partner wakes me up the next morning, both of us groggy and hungover, to a text from the groom that's like, Oh shit, so sorry to bother you, we didn't realize you had our stuff, is there any way to get it back before we leave? And my partner and I are just like OH NO WHAT DO WE DO

Eventually my partner just doesn't reply and I send the bride a text instead saying how lovely the wedding was and to be sure to open their presents because we gave them some stuff that they might find fun on their mini-honeymoon. It's a dellicate balance between not ruining the joke and making sure they get their stuff back. But they don't get the hint. It escalates to them calling and leaving a voicemail (which is code red for Millennials as anyone knows.)

Reader, we were in agony. We love these people dearly and had we not already wrapped their camping gear and GIVEN IT BACK TO THEM we would have jumped at the chance to help them get away. We argue about the merits of just telling them. We start to worry they might just go out and buy replacements since none of it was very expensive or specialty gear. I resist the urge to send follow up texts. I lie shamelessly when they text me asking if I know if my partner has seen their requests yet. I say I'm not sure because I'm dogsitting and my partner is at home (a blatant lie.) I tell them to remember to open their gifts before they leave!

THEY FINALLY FUCKING DO and it's like the comedy equivalent of a sneeze after feeling the nose tickle for hours. They send us video of them laughing hysterically holding their own stuff. Thank God. All is right with the world again.
posted by WidgetAlley at 8:23 AM on April 2, 2018 [73 favorites]


My 'Film Club' had a meet up and we watched some old Classic Disney Animation era films: Pinocchio and Oliver & Co. We just ate a bunch of fried food stuffs and stuffed ourselves with chocolate. It was a good way to end the weekend.

Also, Pinocchio is a deeply disturbed film, that part where he's kidnapped and taken to the island where you just destroy things, smoke cigars, and eat whatever you want until you turn into a literal jackass, it's truly terrifying.
posted by Fizz at 9:28 AM on April 2, 2018 [6 favorites]


No pranks, but I guess I was kind of pranked by reality.

Yesterday I forgot it was Easter entirely because I'm a huge doofus that doesn't realize a lot of these holidays have passed until all the candy and plastic crap goes on sale.

Which meant every store in the area that might have bags of potting/gardening soil was closed, and since my housemate works today this means I might be putting my anti-car money where my butt is and attempting to load two full sized bags of soil on a bicycle and hauling it over about 2 miles and about 400 feet of elevation change.

There's something apparently wrong with me because I'm actually kind of looking forward to trying this, and I've been so, so into my bike the last month as we are coming out of a very rainy and cold winter.

About a week ago I scored a new (used) saddle for a few bucks since my old one had been worn down to bits of foam and plastic. And the only saddle in the used bin at the co-op that didn't suck and wasn't a cruiser/comfort saddle?

Well, it fits my sitbones and butt like a custom fit. It's also very fast/narrow - saddle type can actually really effect speed and output due to thigh and chub-rub. And it looks really snazzy and cool on my black/white/grey/silver bike.

And, well, it has "Ride like a girl!" printed all over it in different fonts.

I guess this one is mine. Poor me! ;) Hell yeah I'll ride like a girl.

I'm actually vaguely irritated that no one's commented on it either negatively or positively, but I should be thankful that I live somewhere where people just don't do that kind of thing.
posted by loquacious at 9:32 AM on April 2, 2018 [4 favorites]


I'm notorious (or renowned, depending on who you talk to) among my friends for detesting Billy Joel with a pure blue flame of loathing. So I posted on FB, "Listening to 'Piano Man' right now. God, what a great album. The man was a genius." Sadly, no one fell for it, but I did try.
posted by holborne at 10:03 AM on April 2, 2018 [10 favorites]


I haven't celebrated Easter in nearly 20 years, and my spouse never has, but the confluence of the two holidays inspired some serious chocolate-hiding efforts. When she finds a few, and neglects to eat them all, I steal and re-hide the remaining ones (more deviously than before). The one embedded in the peanut butter will inevitably be found in a few days; the one in the lining of the suit jacket I wear less than once a year is less likely to be discovered before the next Easter to fall on 1 April*.

*(Locations illustrate the extent of effort only and may not be actual locations, on the off-chance that she reads MeTa.)
posted by busted_crayons at 10:36 AM on April 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


"Listening to 'Piano Man' right now. God, what a great album.

Stop in Nevada is a gem.
posted by philip-random at 10:43 AM on April 2, 2018 [1 favorite]


I spent the weekend doing what Jesus would probably do if he wanted to do something more difficult and annoying than dying for our sins: helping friends move.

I bagged a few items from their fridge that wouldn't be making the move, planning to them home with me, including six sticks of butter. When I wasn't looking, that bag somehow made it into one of the boxes being packed. I hope it's mostly cold while that trailer's en route to its destination. If it's not, whenever that box is found, it's gonna be a delightful melted butter surprise.
posted by asperity at 11:06 AM on April 2, 2018 [9 favorites]


10 year old neighbor brought over a gift bag from a very nice local chocolate shop. It contained a large rock.
posted by TheLateGreatAbrahamLincoln at 11:19 AM on April 2, 2018 [22 favorites]


I have never seen or done or heard of actual pranks happening IRL on April Fools Day. It’s more like something that only happens on the internet, like Talk like a Pirate Day.
posted by bleep at 1:02 PM on April 2, 2018 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: there should have been fewer joke eggs and more candy.
posted by Splunge at 1:24 PM on April 2, 2018 [2 favorites]


ChuraChura: I have a friend who made "cake pops" for her kids' baskets - except with Brussels sprouts instead of cake. Her three year old apparently didn't recover from the shock and horror and they had to go home from Grandma's to take an extra nap.

On one hand, I'll humblebrag that my 3 and 6 year old actually like vegetables, including Brussles sprouts, but on the other hand, I once at the worst brownie that was actually a raisin or fig bar - mentally preparing yourself for one thing then experiencing something wholly not that thing is deeply disappointing, regardless of how good the "real" thing might be.


bleep: I have never seen or done or heard of actual pranks happening IRL on April Fools Day. It’s more like something that only happens on the internet, like Talk like a Pirate Day.

It seems you have the right/wrong family and friends, depending on whether you would appreciate pranking and being pranked, or talking like a pirate.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:27 PM on April 2, 2018


My family's normal easter involves obnoxiously devious chocolate-hiding, but we were in the middle of an apartment move that had kind of suddenly descended from "fine" to "hellish," so nobody hid any this year, so I dunno. Does "Unexpected total lack of chocolate" count as a prank?
posted by nebulawindphone at 4:54 PM on April 2, 2018 [4 favorites]


I guess if I'd wanted to be an asshole I could have claimed I'd just really upped my chocolate-hiding game.
posted by nebulawindphone at 4:55 PM on April 2, 2018 [6 favorites]




I successfully "pinch, punch, first of the month"-ed my sister by text. After work I went round Mum's and cooked a nice roast for us both. As we're all grown adults we're doing semi-token family eggs tomorrow (read: Tuesday). Annoyingly they were still all bought 3 weeks previous (because grown adults may plan ahead but don't necessarily think ahead).
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 6:35 PM on April 2, 2018


(I guess the yolk's on me, he said!)
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 6:38 PM on April 2, 2018


The editor of my neighborhood association newsletter always includes a joke column. Folks who've lived here awhile know there's always an April Fool's joke. It was hilarious to watch newer residents blow up a Next Door thread freaking out about some extremely wrongheaded piece of legislation that supposedly had just passed in Texas. Eventually somebody that works at the lege observed that the legislature isn't even in session. The real joke is it's almost impossible to tell fake legislation from the real idiocy in these stupid times.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:29 PM on April 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


"My family's normal easter involves obnoxiously devious chocolate-hiding, but we were in the middle of an apartment move that had kind of suddenly descended from "fine" to "hellish," so nobody hid any this year."

So you were told, I'd make sure you unpack everything pronto so you don't find easter-quality chocolate seven months from now in some weird box of christmas ornaments.
posted by el io at 1:50 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Stop in Nevada is a gem.

This marks the very first time my rickrolldar gave a false positive
posted by ook at 7:02 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


I couldn't think of a better trick than being buried and rising from the tomb on the third day, so I didn't try.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 11:37 AM on April 3, 2018 [6 favorites]


The resurrection of the underpants monster is by far my favorite part of the liturgical year.
posted by nebulawindphone at 11:56 AM on April 3, 2018 [5 favorites]


Knock- knock

Who's there?

Jesus...

Jesus who

Really?
posted by clavdivs at 2:07 PM on April 3, 2018 [6 favorites]


This marks the very first time my rickrolldar gave a false positive
I used to have several YouTube links to that song memorized so I couldn’t get gotten.
posted by Night_owl at 2:50 PM on April 3, 2018


The most fun was when our pregnant foster cat gave birth in the wee hours of April 1st! It was no joke, to judge by the screeching.

Here they are at about 2.5 days old.

Peep, Cadbury Egg, Jellybean, and Matzoh Ball.

I guess their joke was that they appear to have "fever coat," which I had never heard of, but means their silvery fur will fade out to black and tuxedo and so forth over a long period of time.
posted by little cow make small moo at 7:48 AM on April 4, 2018 [6 favorites]


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