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There's something about the onset of spring at the tail end of a long, bleak winter that makes April Fool's Day necessary. We're all mad as March hares, all on "fools errands." Why not play the part?
Jim Moore   -  - Old North End and St. Paul, MN -  - CC poetry and writing instructor -  -  -  - What's the best April Fool's joke you've ever played? One time while working for an arts organization I put a long, fulminating diatribe on a friend's message machine, pretending to be someone important who didn't get a grant. I had the pleasure of being present to watch my friend's face fall when he listened to the message, and then of telling him that it was only a joke. -  - If you had unlimited funds and resources, what April Fool's stunt would you pull? I'd invent a non-existent poet and create memorabilia and photographs and so forth to document his/her history and then begin writing poems in his/her voice. I'd hire an agent to get reviews of the book and get it nationwide attention. And I'd never tell. -  - How did April Fool's Day get it's start? It sounds like some ancient English custom started to upset the Irish and Scottish. -  - Who is the biggest fool of all? President Bush comes to mind -- that quality of wanting something to be so that just isn't so. Or maybe we're the biggest fools for having believed his foolishness.
  • Jim Moore

    Old North End and St. Paul, MN

    CC poetry and writing instructor

    What's the best April Fool's joke you've ever played? One time while working for an arts organization I put a long, fulminating diatribe on a friend's message machine, pretending to be someone important who didn't get a grant. I had the pleasure of being present to watch my friend's face fall when he listened to the message, and then of telling him that it was only a joke.

    If you had unlimited funds and resources, what April Fool's stunt would you pull? I'd invent a non-existent poet and create memorabilia and photographs and so forth to document his/her history and then begin writing poems in his/her voice. I'd hire an agent to get reviews of the book and get it nationwide attention. And I'd never tell.

    How did April Fool's Day get it's start? It sounds like some ancient English custom started to upset the Irish and Scottish.

    Who is the biggest fool of all? President Bush comes to mind -- that quality of wanting something to be so that just isn't so. Or maybe we're the biggest fools for having believed his foolishness.

Rachael Ulbric  -  - Old Colorado City -  - Artist and waitress -  -  -  - What's the best April Fool's Day joke ever played on you? One's never been played on me. -  - What's the best AFD joke you've played on anyone? I lived on a farm as a kid and one April Fool's Day we told our mom that all the sheep had gotten out. -  - Are you planning an AFD joke this year? All us employees at Southside Johnny's are going to pretend to call in sick Friday night and give the boss a heart attack. -  - How did AFD get its start? My guess is that it was some sort of spring-inspired foolishness that goes back to Victorian England. -  - Who would you pick to be the national fool? George Bush. He's made fools of us, too.
  • Rachael Ulbric

    Old Colorado City

    Artist and waitress

    What's the best April Fool's Day joke ever played on you? One's never been played on me.

    What's the best AFD joke you've played on anyone? I lived on a farm as a kid and one April Fool's Day we told our mom that all the sheep had gotten out.

    Are you planning an AFD joke this year? All us employees at Southside Johnny's are going to pretend to call in sick Friday night and give the boss a heart attack.

    How did AFD get its start? My guess is that it was some sort of spring-inspired foolishness that goes back to Victorian England.

    Who would you pick to be the national fool? George Bush. He's made fools of us, too.

Dave Gibson  -  - Old Colorado City -  - Engineering Tech -  -  -  - What's the best AFD joke ever played on you? One April Fool's Day my brother got hold of some fake blood and pretended he'd cut his finger off and I really believed that I had to take him to the hospital. -  - If you had unlimited funding and resources, what AFD joke would you pull? I'd arrange all the necessary documents and have George W. Bush contacted to say he finally has to fulfill his National Guard duties and he's being shipped off to Iraq tomorrow. -  - What are the origins of April Fool's Day? Springtime craziness and friskiness. We need a Fool's Day for every month. -  - Who would you pick to play the role of national fool? Bill Murray.
  • Dave Gibson

    Old Colorado City

    Engineering Tech

    What's the best AFD joke ever played on you? One April Fool's Day my brother got hold of some fake blood and pretended he'd cut his finger off and I really believed that I had to take him to the hospital.

    If you had unlimited funding and resources, what AFD joke would you pull? I'd arrange all the necessary documents and have George W. Bush contacted to say he finally has to fulfill his National Guard duties and he's being shipped off to Iraq tomorrow.

    What are the origins of April Fool's Day? Springtime craziness and friskiness. We need a Fool's Day for every month.

    Who would you pick to play the role of national fool? Bill Murray.

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