a reply to: misskat1
An "april fool's joke" or any "prank" should be tailor made for the "mark/victim" so as to ensure the avoidance of disastrous results. For
example: For some people, the loss of a certain loved one would mean to them that life is no longer worth living. It can also be very damaging to a
relationship's trust factor. For some pranks, extra precautions should be taken such as the removal of firearms from a home or building, or a
failsafe measure in case the prank needs to be ended prematurely and you need to prove to the mark that it truly is just a prank.
Then again, if such measures need to taken, maybe the prank in question is not really worth it.
I don't particularly like april fools jokes or pranks. Well, I just don't like the ones that go too far.
I once found a pack of fake/prank scratch tickets at a store and I planted a few in random areas like at a pay phone booth, and on the ground in front
of the entrance of a 7-11. When I only had one left, I gave it to my sister, who was visiting from out of town. She was about 16, I was about 18, she
lived out of town with her father who is my stepdad, and I lived with our mother, where my sister was visiting that summer. So, I arrived at the house
and casually gave gave it to her...
For those who do not know, a fake scratch ticket is a ticket that, when scratched, leads you to believe you have won a large amount of money. The ones
I had would tell you that you have won $10,000, which was actually a lot of money back in the 90's. Then as you looked at the back of the ticket to
find out how to collect your winnings, it would have all these humorous phrases like "send winning tickets to: yo momma" and other joke
After she "won" she began to get really excited. I could see in her eyes that she was already thinking of how she might spend the money, gifts she
would buy for family members, maybe give me a cut of the money for giving her the ticket, etc... So as I was saying, she began to get really excited
about it. She announced to us that she won 10k, my mom said "no way" or something to that effect, and my sister showed it to her, her face still lit
up like a Christmas Tree, and they hugged eachother and began jumping up and down, hopping round and round in circles, still holding each others arms,
and get this- they started crying tears of joy.
Yes, tears of joy were streaming down their happy faces. The huge grin that appeared on my immature, scheming face immediately faded as the
realization of the unintended consequences of my joke began to sink in. Right about then, she started looking at the back of the ticket. She began to
read aloud the nonsense instructions on the back. When she got to the "yo momma" part, she looked at me. She looked at me. If I had slit her throat
and stood over her dying body, I'm convinced that this is the look she would give me. The look said, among other things, "Why?".