There are two kinds of people in the world: those who enjoy April Fools' Day pranks and those who don't.
I have to admit that I fall into the latter category. It's not that I actively dislike April 1 practical jokes, it's just that I've never really developed much of a fondness for them. That's probably because the one time I attempted an April Fools' prank, it went wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong.
April Fools' Day had landed on a Sunday, just like this, and I must've been around 10 years old. My younger sister and I decided to wake up early and prepare a "special" breakfast for our parents to celebrate the day with a gastronomical surprise. Well, "special" might not be the right word. Inedible is more like it.
Here's what was on the menu:
scrambled eggs, heavily "flavored" with lemon juice, chocolate chips and miscellaneous seasonings found in kitchen cupboards
pancakes, also "flavored" with lemon juice, black pepper and other spices
coffee, brewed to perfection by adding chocolate chips to the Maxwell House grounds
In theory, the plan was practically foolproof except for one thing: We didn't realize our experimentation would result in the food--especially the eggs--not quite looking like they should. Let's just say that minor detail tipped off our parents that something was afoot. And after my sister broke under an intense two-minute interrogation (that's my story, and I'm sticking to it), our dad handed down his punishment for wasting all that food.
We had to eat what we made.
On the upside, as my sister and I gagged through our self-inflicted just desserts, so to speak, my parents did say they enjoyed the coffee. I think we were ahead of the curve when it came to specialty brews.
Now that I've thoroughly embarrassed myself with my tale of youthful indiscretion, it's your turn. What's the best practical joke you've pulled? Or had pulled on you? Share your anecdotes in the comments section.