Hey everyone, did you hear about how the Braves just traded for Albert Pujols? Or that they signed Jason Heyward to a 20-year, $300 million extension? Or that Bud Selig reinstated Pete Rose and named him the lead fashion designer for MLB apparel (because of his awesome personal style)? Really, these things happened. Honest. No foolin'.
Okay, maybe some foolin'. Maybe a lot of foolin', actually.
See, it's April 1st, which means everyone feels obligated to make up some silly story and post it with a straight face, or the digital equivalent of a straight face, whatever that is. This happens every year, and every year it grows more wearisome--to me anyway.
I know it's all in good fun, and I don't begrudge that. I don't even have a problem with the juvenile nature of many of these pranks--this is the internet, after all. I expect nothing less than juvenility from most of the internet. Besides, who doesn't need to be a little goofy from time to time? I've certainly indulged in my fair share of silliness, even in my TC posts on occasion.
No, my problem with April Fools Day joke stories is that the humor is completely played out. All of these fake "news" stories are basically the same joke. "Hey, something crazy happened--not too crazy, some people might believe it--but still, it's pretty crazy!!! And, oh yeah, APRIL FOOL'S!" There was a time when I enjoyed this sort of thing, I'll admit. But, like M. Night Shyamalan movies, each one I see is worse than the one before.
If you want to post some ridiculous story on your own blog or twitter, go right ahead. There are certainly worse ways to kill time on a Braves off-day than joking around on the internet. I'm sure some people enjoy these jokes, and that makes them worthwhile. But I'm just going to grit my teeth and wait for tomorrow, when we can return to both Braves baseball and jokes that don't rely on such tired premises. Like, say, "yo mama" jokes.
Think you can convince me that some April Fool's jokes are funny? Post your favorite in the comments.