Attack of the Joker


I’m usually not opposed to a good prank.  I like the guys from the Impractical Jokers television show, have owned at least one whoopie cushion over the years, and used to spend a great deal of time and energy trying to scare the crap out of my wife whenever the opportunity presented itself.  I usually prefer it when I’m not the target of this mischief, but think that I do a pretty good job of laughing at my own misfortunes when the situation dictates.

I’ve never been a fan of April Fool’s Day, however.  A day devoted to tomfoolery and hoaxes should have a good origin story – a pagan ritual to fool evil spirits or a medieval fable about a jester tricking a king into letting him run off with the royal daughter.  Instead there’s a Flemish poem about a foolish noblemen from 1539, something about the Gregorian calendar that doesn’t seem to make sense, and a theory that when Noah mistakenly sent out the dove before the water had completely abated, the date was April First.

It’s an annoyance, a day of deception without any real purpose.  Not long ago I heard a very legitimate sounding radio advertisement promoting the grand opening of a clothing optional Chinese Restaurant called Wang’s Palace and I have no idea if it’s a real place or not.  I can’t wait until tomorrow when I can go back to believing everything that I see on the news and the internet.

My daughter did not share my feelings. A day that not only tolerated obnoxious behavior but actively encouraged it being one that she had been excited for all week. Upon awaking this morning, the first thing I found was a note on my nightstand.  Her handwriting still resembles something a drunk chicken would scratch in the barnyard dirt, but after some decoding and a bit of imagination it was revealed to say : “Happy April Pranks Day. Watch out for all my traps.”

Thankfully she hasn’t seen any of the Home Alone movies and most of her traps turned out to be pretty benign.  Before taking the dog out I had to empty crumpled up newspaper from my boots and everybody’s sneakers were filled with crayons.  I spent way too long looking for my keys before noticing the giggling from under a nearby table and both my wife and I had the contents of our underwear drawers emptied onto our pillows.  She spent close to an hour hiding in the dog’s crate while I pretended not to know where she was.


a merry prankster
a brilliant hiding spot


It makes me a bit nervous about the years to come.  She hasn’t developed the sophistication of an evil genius quite yet, but the inherent deviousness is there.  All it will take is a little bit of inspiration before we start finding plastic wrapped toilets, taped water nozzles and ice cube trays filled with dish soap.  I’m going to be paying a lot closer attention to my surroundings this time next year.


attack of the joker
evil genius at work




21 thoughts on “Attack of the Joker”

  1. I love the Impractical Jokers! Great show. Peachy and daddy have taken to playing tricks on me too. Peachy is only 16 months old but daddy has been helping her. Lately they enjoy hiding behind corners and then Peachy pops out at me when I least expect it. She finds it hilarious while I find it heart attack inducing.

  2. I love little kid jokes, they think they are so clever…if only the pranks would remain so innocent and easy to dodge, but one day they learn about saran wrap on a toilet and your life is forever changed. #ThatFridayLinky

  3. Fully agree with you on April Fool’s Day. Waste of time. She has got a way to go before evil genius level, but give her time! #thatfridaylinky

  4. EEEEks. Be very afraid, you had better watch out next year. The dog crate reminded me of when my Grandma ended up locked in the conservatory and my Grandad knew she was in there but pretended he didn’t, and ignored her knocking so that he could have some peace and quiet! #FridayFrolics

  5. Sorry mate this really made me laugh she is a character and be careful once those pranks are refined you arein deep shit Jeremy fab post Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  6. My hubby thought it would be a good idea to April Fool me by saying Eldest daughter had lost her mobile phone a week after getting it (after dropping the first one down the loo and breaking the screen on the second)…It was eldest who said it wasn’t a good idea! She was right! I wouldn’t have been impressed and was relieved they thought better of it. #Fridayfrolics

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