Nobody’s Fool

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This was posted one year ago today. Our thoughts on the subject have not changed…and that’s no joke.

I’ve never been a fan of the practical joke. Needless to say, I’m also not a fan of an entire day set aside for them. There is nothing funny about practical jokes in R Dub’s opinion.

Probably the best known practical joke in recent history was Orson Welles’ live radio broadcast of an adaptation of H G Wells’ 1889 novel “War of the Worlds” on Halloween night in 1938. Well, recent if you are a member of the Greatest Generation anyway.

The broadcast was scripted as normal programing interrupted with frequent breaking news coverage of alien war ships attacking the United States. A New Jersey location was hit with heat rays and New York City was being attacked with poisoned smoke. People were dropping like flies and there was nothing that the armed forces could do to stop it.

There was a disclaimer at the beginning of the broadcast indicating that the show was fiction. However, many who tuned in after the intro were fooled into thinking that Mars was indeed attacking earth and went into wild panic mode.

The origins of April Fools Day dates back to April 1, 1582 when the world switched from the Julian calendar to our present day Gregorian calendar. The new year was changed from April 1st to January 1st.

The news of the calendar switch took some time to reach all citizens. People who mistakenly celebrated the new year on April 1st were said to be “April Fools.” An early form of calendar shaming I guess…

Modern pranksters can’t seem to let go of the tradition, so here we are today.

…and that’s no joke.

Published by R Dub's Rub

Conversational BLOG writer and contributing writer for LocaLeben magazine. My BLOG entries represent observations that intrigue, amuse, inspire or stimulate my appetite.

3 thoughts on “Nobody’s Fool

  1. This year, April 1st was ‘no joke. I work at Bryan in Lincoln at the East Medical Plaza. Which typically the building shuts way down for the weekend. However towards the end of activity in the building, some one felt ‘prankish’. They plugged a toilet in the public bathroom. Flushed and tied the handle down. Locked the stall. And shimmyed out underneath. After a period of time someone figured out there was a problem. Meanwhile the water ran and ran. How funny was it? So funny our lobby had to be closed for a period of time, the Specialty clinic and Mammography affected. My area is Mammography. The carpet/ flooring
    and the drywall are wet. 2 exam rooms are unusable. The patient consult room, reception, dressing rooms and our technical work area unusable.

    So if you were a patient the Monday after April 1st? You were all rescheduled. So if you were planning of your pre breast cancer surgery localization, you were rescheduled, along possibly your surgery. (Our greatest sadness was for you) Then we were in problem solving mode to figure out how bad is it? Do we spend 20K per unit trying relocate machine for temporary usage while all is repaired? Can the temporary space be found? Can we double booked another location? Problem are being overcome, solutions found and teaked. Big thanks to all involved.

    But I would not go straight to “oh that was funny.” This year.


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