Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Practical Jokes

I can only remember one April fool joke I played as a child-switching the sugar bowl and salt shaker's contents. I never enjoyed practical jokes though I do appreciate a sense of humor that isn't at my expense or causes other's discomfort. There's a fine line there. When does a practical joke become unfunny?

How come we can't remember the punch lines of so many jokes. What is dry humor? My husband is very funny but it's very subtle. Laughing is beneficial to our health and important in our lives to release stress. Events that at the time seem catastrophic can be very funny years later after time has passed. Are you doing anything special for April's fool day and how did it come to  be named that anyway?

10 comments:

Jocelyn Christensen said...

This should answer almost all of your questions!: http://oneshetwoshe.blogspot.com/2009/03/its-not-cool-to-be-fool-april-fools-day.html

Jo, a retired teacher said...

I agree with you. I'm not so fond the of elaborate pranks that people have to have over with before they are funny.

I did try one year to get my teacher colleagues to all switch classes on April 1 and just pretend we were exactly where we were supposed to be. But, alas, I couldn't get all to agree--it would have been fun though to see the sixth graders ponder the 2nd grade teachers.

Deborah Godin said...

I don't know for sure, but I think dry humor is anything that isn't milk-out-your-nose funny... (hardee har har!)

Terri Tiffany said...

Not doing anything special for it-- I should have thought of a joke for my daughter--but she believes everything I say!
Good for you that you will be teaching blogging!

mom/caryn said...

Omigosh... my mom was so playful on April Fool's Day. We had banana splits for breakfast and wacky jokes pinned all over the bathroom mirrors, toilet seats and stuffed in our shoes. She just had fun with it. No pranks. Just lots of silliness and laughter.

I followed with some of my mom's traditions with my kids. It's been a fun holiday for our family.

I think the day had it's beginnings at the time of the change in the calendar. It had something to do with the New Year beginning in January rather than April...or something like that... I think.

Sylvia K said...

I did a post today on the history of April Fool's Day -- I was just curious and it's pretty interesting. I'm not into jokes/pranks either.

Linda Reeder said...

April Fools day can get very long to an elementary school teacher. But the kids think they are funny and it's fun to see the sparkle in their eyes.

SandyCarlson said...

I've come to think of "fool" as a harsh word. I received a card from a loved one the other day calling me a fool. Meant to be funny, but the word doesn't admit humor somehow.

I don't mind a joke at my expense if I'm making it.

ramblingwoods.com said...

My husband used to be a big prankster at the hight school where he worked and I have done a few in my time, but not anything recently. I do find laughter helps most anything and I try to find as much to smile and laugh about as possible...I think a dry sense of humor is a more sarcastic type of humor...

Kay said...

I used to always write something absurd on the board for my first graders to see when they came to school like:
There will be no recess today. You will all write a 10 page story before you can go home.
Of course the class knew right away that it was a joke and would have a great laugh.