I'd like to begin this article, but a wild ferret just ran up my trouser leg.
That's just one example of the many ways in which people play jokes on April 1st of each year, widely known as April Fool's Day. "Fool" being a very loaded term, one must be quite careful with the jokes one plays on other people. As a site dedicated to humour in all but its most prurient forms (no jokes, please), we felt it would be helpful to offer some brief advice to those of you planning on "Fooling" anyone this year.
Who to Fool?
People You Should Not Play April Fool's Jokes on:
Doctors (especially the kind who use the rubber gloves quite frequently)
Military personnel, especially Marines
Heavily-armed civilians (Western gunslingers come to mind, especially the card-playing variety)
Undead persons (They have no sense of humour anyway, so what's the point?)
Nuns of the more disciplinarian variety
Bomb squad personnel
People You Can Safely Play April Fool's Jokes on:
Actors in a Broadway Musical
MAD Magazine employees
Game show contestants (Jeopardy excluded)
The Dalai Lama