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April 1, 2014

Don't be the brunt on "April Fool's Day" pranks

Today is “April Fool’s Day,” it is also known as All Fools Day, and is considered by many as one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Although there is no historical explanation for is origin, some say the day is related to the change of seasons.

April Fool’s Day is observed through much of the Western world and is associated with sending individuals on a “fool’s errand” to seek out things that do not exist, attempting to get individuals to believe in inane things and playing harmless pranks.

Some of the better known pranks have been news articles and advertisements, and in recent years, even Internet hoaxes have been known to take place the first day of April.

One of this writer's favorites was a 1998 ad by Burger King that announced its “Left-handed Whopper” that was supposedly designed so that the condiments would only drip out the right side of the burger rather than the left.

In most cases, once a person has been had by a joke “April Fool’s” is called out.

However not everyone finds the pranks and jokes humorous. A recent national survey found that 68 percent of advertising and marketing executives think April Fools' pranks are not appropriate for the work place and say some pranks can do more harm than good.

A quick internet search fond some possible safe and harmless pranks to lighten up the day.

Mashable suggested arranging for co-workers to each bring in several changes of clothing and to update their outfits throughout the day. While it could make a very tired co-worker think he is going crazy, it's unlikely to cause any real harm.

Put "Out of Order" signs on bathroom doors or on other "important" devices, such as the coffee pot or microwave.

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