If you know me well, you likely know that April Fool’s pranks are one of my strong suits. This year was rather lame, (weak effort: ‘pigs are out, etc’– but my husband still fell for it) but only because I’ve been down and out with some type of a spring time flu. Fun! Not. Anyway, I’d like to run through a few of recent years’ jokes with you, because they may give you some ideas for next year… or advice for which types of jokes to avoid all together.
My husband is usually caught in the cross-hairs of my AFD (April Fool’s Day) attacks. In the early years of our dating and marriage, I got him on some pretty outlandish jokes. He not only ‘took the bait’, he gobbled it up ‘hook, line and sinker’.
Here are my top 3 Favorite Farm Style April Fool’s Jokes:
#1. There are buffalo loose on the highway (there is a wildlife preserve out our way with LOTS of buffalo) and I’ll be late coming home. They are looking for strong willing people to come and round them up and our brother in law was headed in on his horses to round them up. He’s got an extra horse saddled up for you to ride, honey.
*I also got my brother-in-law, cousin, sister and parents with this one. I told my bro-in-law that they were looking for strapping cowboys with horses and ropes to ‘round up’ the buffalo trespassers. I’m pretty sure he was headed to put his horses in the trailer before I called him back to tell him it was a joke. (Though he won’t admit it.)
#2. My Dad had a cow that delivered a two headed calf. We are busy cleaning up the barnyard because there is local and national news media that are going to be covering the story. Both heads of the calf are successfully sucking and things are just fine.
*Everyone but my Dad bought this one. One of my friends asked if she should get off work early to come and help and sort out the media inquiries. I love her.
#3. The horses got out and my Dad caught them and was riding one of them home.
*This may not sound like a joke, but if you knew my Dad and his ‘deep love and appreciation’ (NOT!) of horses, you’d understand the seriously hilarious nature of my 6’9” horse-loathing Dad on a noble steed—that mysteriously broke out of the pasture and ended up down the road. This of all of the jokes, gained the largest GASP! and awkward silence from my husband.
Farm Style April Fool’s Jokes You SHOULD NOT Play:
#1. “THE BARN IS ON FIRE!”
*Leave it to the brain trust of my husband (who was 12 years old at the time) who played this one on his parents. I’ll give him credit, I guess my in-laws had a few couples over for cards and beers, and the party went pretty late. The party began on March 31, my husband came to the side door (the adults were in the kitchen carrying on) at 12:05 a.m. –technically April Fool’s Day- and exclaimed, “THE BARN IS ON FIRE!”. He was in deep trouble. Deep, deep trouble.
#2. I told my Mom she was responsible for our entire family falling ill with food poisoning from a family party.
*Little did I know, preparing food and the possibility of someone becoming ill from it is one of her gravest fears. She was certainly distressed by this ‘joke’ and I was a 30 year old “in trouble” by her Mom. Not a cool feeling. I hadn’t remembered that the summer prior to this, pizza from a local joint had poisoned her, my Dad, my bro-in-law and his friend who were working on their house at the time. Bad timing, bad joke. Take it from me, don’t go there!
#3. The neighbors are planting already. (directed to my Dad)
*DO NOT go there. I repeat, DO NOT go there.
Who has the best April Fool’s Joke? I’ll be picking two random winners next Monday for $1000 CASH!
But seriously… I could use some new pranks, any suggestions for 2016 April Fool’s are WELCOME!
If you need me… I’ll be in the barn today, with the new (pigs we raised that were in a nursery elsewhere until they were big enough to be in the chilly temps) pigs in my barn by the house. Coming upon show season, it is time to get busier!