April Fools’ Day proves gullible people should not take the Internet too seriously

Apr 1, 2016, 5:00 PM
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Congratulations! It looks like you survived another April Fools’ Day.

I have to say that April Fools’ Day is one of my favorite days on the calendar, and not necessarily because I like to prank people.

(Well, I did tell my kids this morning that Disneyland was closing and we were cancelling our vacation. Don’t worry, I didn’t let them suffer too long — just a few minutes. #DadLife.)

Although, I do enjoy being pranked — if the prank is well thought out and planned. I appreciate the effort.

And on Friday, Pat McMahon and his band of pranking slappies got me GOOD!

The main reason why this day is so much fun to me is that I see it as a thinning of the herd: April Fools’ Day exposes the most gullible around us.

The big guns came out swinging and the fish took the bait hook, line and sinker.

On Thursday, the day before April Fools’ Day, Trader Joe’s announced they would be closing all of their stores due to financial hardship and their ever-loyal fans FREAKED out.

You see, thinning of the herd. These are the people you don’t want babysitting your kids.

Even “Donald Trump” made a video for talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, announcing his entire candidacy as an April Fools’ joke!

In my opinion, this was the best of the day. Once again, well-thought out and planned!

Now for a very positive side effect — if you will — that April Fools’ Day brings: there are actual people out there that understand that April 1 is April Fools’ Day every year. These level-headed citizens have their guard up all day.

So, now for the very best of the best that April Fools’ Day brings: it might be the ONLY day on the calendar that people critically evaluate things they find on the internet BEFORE taking them as fact and sharing with the world!

(Which is a practice that is too underused in our society!)

Happy April Fools’ Day everyone!

Michael Russell

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April Fools’ Day proves gullible people should not take the Internet too seriously