“Fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again.” —George W. BushI have no use for April Fool jokes. They are, as a rule, nasty little things. Most of them are—mercifully—painfully obvious and stupid. They do rather little harm. There is, however, a particular type of April Fool joke that I find especially noisome. Jokes of this type are crafted, perhaps unthinkingly, to sound completely true, without even a hint to give the hearer a sporting chance of penetrating the ruse. These are just callous excuses to slap an unwarranted label of fool on someone. There is scarcely a better way to get me to put you on my list of persona non grata.
Examples include such choice items as
- “Jenny won't be in class today. She's in the ICU after a car accident.”
- “Grandpa fell down and broke his hip!”
- “I just heard on the news that there's a fire in your apartment complex!”
- “My doctor told me yesterday that I have melanoma.”
- “Did you check your in-box? There's a memo from district office about layoffs in our department!”
A form of humor based entirely on telling lies and then insulting the people who believe them. What's not to love?