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Friday, April 1, 2011

On High Alert

This April Fools Day, I'm on high alert. My teenager pulled a good one last year and has promised that we're in for more fun sometime today.

You know how some sinks have a spray nozzle on the side? Our does, and our sweet 15-year-old secretly got up at an ungodly hour (for her~6:00 AM or so) and, leaving the water off, secured a rubber band around the pressy button thing (technical term). Then she strategically aimed it toward the average sink user. Can you guess what happened? Have I mentioned that we get great water pressure?

I'm usually the first one using the sink in the morning and, sure enough, I came along to be the first fool of the day. Nothing says good morning like a blast of cold water to the neck. I like to think I took it well. I kept fairly quiet and did what any good wife would do.

I set the thing up again to get my husband too. But the kicker? My husband didn't use the sink until about 11:00 in the morning. In between that time, I fell for the rogue sprayer trick three more times. Three. And I was the one who reset the stupid thing!

Bottom line: If you don't mind a little water on the kitchen floor, I highly recommend this April Fools prank.

Kudos to my stepdaughter Quincy for her initiative. I just hope she enjoys her donut filled with ketchup this morning :)

**By the way, all those creepy little toads are images I had to insert in order to get paragraph breaks into this post. I'm having space issues too, as you can see..Blogger doesn't like me this morning.** And now, because this is a children's lit blog, I give you a poem by the incomparable Shel Silverstein:

OH HAVE YOU HEARD
Oh have you heard it's time for vaccinations?
I think someone put salt into your tea.
They're giving us eleven-months vacations.
And Florida has sunk into the sea.

Oh have you heard the President has measles?
The principal has just burned down the school.
Your hair is full of ants and purple weasels—
APRIL FOOL!

26 comments:

  1. Oh, my kids are planning on changing all the clocks and waking my Father in law up tonight at midnight and telling him it's five thirty and they can't sleep. . . "will you get up and play with us papa?" poor fella. he's in for it LOL!

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  2. I'm so glad I don't have children! I would be scared as to what they'd come up with. I say that beacuse as children we weren't always nice with the jokes. Live and learn I suppose.

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  3. What a great post. Setting up a gag for someone else and felling for it myself is exactly the kind of thing I'd do! And Shel Silverstein is the best, isn't he?

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  4. aww shels!! <3<3<3
    that joke is THE BEST!!!hmmm... it would work just as well on April 2nd! mwha ha ha ha! :)

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  5. Thanks for reminding me why I'm glad my kids are too little to know what April Fool's Day is!

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  6. HA. Teenagers ... love them, usually. I have three of my own. :)

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  7. 3 more times? :) Too funny! Of course, now you've got me paranoid.... my 13-year-old can be quite devious when she wants to be!! Perfect poem to pair with this. Happy Apr.1st!

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  8. I did that to my parents when I was a teenager! I'd forgotten all about that one. (I also did the fly frozen in the ice-cube trick and the plastic doggie doo-doo trick too).

    Yeah I'd be on high alert if I had a teenager in the house, too!

    Love the Silverstein poem!

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  9. Wait, what, you have a teenager?? Is that an April Fool's? Because you don't look at all old enough!

    Btw I gave you a blog award, come check it out :)

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  10. I like the toads.

    I'm so glad my kids don't know how to prank us yet and we should have at least 4 years until that starts. I don't know that I would have taken the cold water to the neck first thing in the morning very well. I probably would have screamed and alerted the whole house to the joke. Then again, my hubs is usually the first to use the sink in the am.

    We're still at the stage where certain words are hysterically funny. Like underwear. And poop.

    Good luck surviving today dry!
    Vicki

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  11. Thanks for the great idea! I forgot to plan ahead this year. Knowing me, though, I'll set it up and get myself, and only myself.

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  12. That is really funny. I'm setting that one up tonight. :)

    My husband is a master at pranks, though, so it's going to be tough to put one over on him.

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  13. What a good one. I have a teenager in the house too and I think he completely forgot about April Fools, but I'm not going to remind him. ;)

    I've been having spacing issues too since night before last. I'm not sure what's up with that but everytime I save what I'm writing or preview, I have to respace the whole thing.

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  14. Oh man, I just had to come back and tell you that the child I was NOT expecting a trick from is the one that got me tonight while me and my husband were at the movies and she sent a text. The text said: Mom, I'm pregnant. I gasped really loud (during a quiet time in the movie, of course) and a second later I realized it was April Fools. Whew!!

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  15. The sprayer trick is hilarious! I have to try that sometime. Our old one used to stick, so I'd turn on the faucet and get soaked occasionally, but it's much funnier when it's on purpose.

    Love the Shel Silverstein poem, too. I have three of his books of poetry, and I often read them to Sunshine.

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  16. Great story! It would be just like me to fall for my own gag too.

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  17. The fact you fell for it more than once cracked me up. I told my 5th grade class that I had just won the lotto (shout out to RADIO 5th GRADE by Gordon Korman from whom I stole the idea) and the principal would be their teacher until a new one could be found. I had about 75% buy in, and 100% relief.

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  18. Thank you for the lovely comment Jess!
    That's so nice of you, thank you! I'm going to be so excited when it comes to 25,000...it'd be great if it got above that...aaah...bliss!
    I hope you had a good april fools? Will you update us?

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  19. That is always a great prank to play! I am sorry that you got yourself three times in between the initial and waiting for the next victim. I would have done the same thing by forgetting what I had done. lol

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  20. LMAO. That is a good one. LOL.

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  21. LOL I laughed so hard my own hubby had to ask what was so funny!

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