April fools for kids
The first day of April is fun for kids – a time to play pranks on family and friends. Here's why – and how!
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In April 1985, Sports Illustrated magazine published an article about Sidd Finch, a talented rookie for the New York Mets. The most amazing thing about him: He'd never played baseball before. Instead, he'd been taught the "art of the pitch" at a Tibetan monastery. The only thing was, Sidd Finch never existed. He was made up by a writer as a prank.
On April 1, 1996, the fast-food chain Taco Bell took out full-page ads in several newspapers saying that the company had bought America's historic Liberty Bell to help reduce the national debt. The bell would be renamed the Taco Liberty Bell. People were outraged at the commercialization of such a beloved national symbol. But a few hours later, Taco Bell announced that the ad was a joke and that actually, it was donating $50,000 for the upkeep of the bell.
Burger for lefties
The fast-food high jinks continued in 1998 when Burger King ran an advertisement announcing the new "Left-Handed Whopper," which was just like the regular Whopper, except it was specially designed so that all the ketchup, mayonnaise, and other condiments would only drip out of the right side of the burger. The next day, the company said that the ad had been a hoax. But thousands of customers had already tried to order the Left-Handed Whopper. (Some even asked for a regular "right-handed" Whopper.)
April Fools' fun you can do Meatloaf cupcakes
Ask your mom or dad to help you play an April Fools' prank on your family. Follow this online recipe for surprise cupcakes: http://jas.familyfun.go.com/recipefinder/display?id=50154. They look like the real thing, but are really meatloaf with colored mashed-potato "frosting." Tell your family that just this once, they get dessert before dinner. They'll be shocked when they bite into these morsels, but they'll find them tasty, anyway.
Another food trick to is to get a parent's help to make some hard-boiled eggs one night. Then put the eggs back into the carton and refrigerate. In the morning, ask your other parent – or a big brother or sister – to help you make scrambled eggs for breakfast.
Hand your family member the carton of eggs and watch as he or she tries to crack a hard-boiled egg into the frying pan.
Before dinner, secretly ask all the people in your family – except one – to drop their forks on the floor at the same time. The family member who's not in on the joke will wonder what's going on – until you can't hide your grin.
Bug on the brush
Another quick and easy gag: Put a small raisin in the end of the toothpaste tube and put the cap back on. The next person to brush his teeth will get a "bug" along with his squirt of toothpaste.