Everything April Foolsy
"Happy 'ugh why did I leave my house today' day!" greets Washington Post's Jessica Stahl, which pretty much summarizes the nuisance that is April Fools' Day, particularly for those of us who work in news. First off, Jon Lovitz and that actress you've never heard of are not getting married, Trader Joe’s is not closing all its stores by 2017, and you should definitely avoid taking any Lyft rides with prank-loving pals today. "Advisory: If you consider yourself a serious journalist and you try some April Fool’s shit tomorrow you should be ashamed of yourself. Danke," CNN's Dylan Byers warned yesterday. For a comprehensive list of all the April Foolery you should avoid today, please consult the Washington Post's handiwork here. "This is public service journalism, right here," applauds Seung Min Kim at Politico, while Robert Reese with Runner's World wonders, "Is there anything more annoying than #AprilFools? If so, I don't want to know what it is." The Verge also helpfully published an anthology of April Fools' stories from across the internet, ranked from best to worst. Meanwhile, Brett Rosner at WSB-TV tweeted a gif and calls it analogous to "journalists on april fools' day." So, Brett, are we the irascible velociraptors, or are we Chris Pratt?
National Geographic may have squeezed in the one decent joke by publishing a pledge to stop publishing nude animal pictures. "This is one got me," admits NBC's Kristin Donnelly (wait, really?), although Mashable's Seth Fiegerman complains, "ok fine whatever I'll click but I still hate this." Alternatively, Alex Hern with The Guardian suggests, "a great april fools gag is saying ‘great april fools gag’ before something that is not in fact an april fools gag." Got it. And then there are the posts that you so hoped could be blamed on the holiday: "Taylor Swift rapping along to 'Jumpman' while doing cardio is an April Fool’s prank that I wish was actually a prank," laments LiveNation's Larry Fitzmaurice.