It’s one of my favorite days of the year, and I try to come up with a prank or two that will either get a laugh or completely trick people, or ideally, both.
Over the past few years, I’ve tried to trick my students, and over the past couple of years, I’ve tried to trick my neighbors using Nextdoor.
Here are the two pranks I tried, first the student one. As some background, this past Fall all freshmen in the business school were required to read the Book, The Upstarts, The book took a look at the new types of business that have launched over the past few years, with particular emphasis on Uber and Airbnb.
Here is the email I sent to my students:
Greetings current and former students,
We just received some exciting news from Uber.
Apparently, the company just found out that we had chosen The Upstarts as our Read to Lead choice this past fall, and was quite eager to somehow get involved with the program, much like Ernst & Young’s support.
After some negotiations between VSB and Uber (which I was not part of), Uber has decided to offer all the Business Dynamics students from last Fall one month of free Uber rides! (with some restrictions)
To register for the promotion and read the details about the program, please click here.
(Now there’s no excuse for those of you who have never visited Wawa!)
Several students remarked that they thought it was true, and became quite excited. When they clicked on the link above, they realized that it was an April Fools’ Day prank.
With my neighbors, I posted the following message onto Nextdoor:
I am looking for a personal instructor who could offer me some accelerated lessons in mixed martial arts.
The need for the lessons arises from an ongoing dispute with one of my neighbors that I fear may escalate into a physical altercation. If it does, I want to be ready for all possibilities. I am particularly interested in learning krav maga and muay thai since I don’t think my neighbor will know how to defend against such techniques. Since my neighbor is much bigger than I am, I think such techniques will offer me the best advantage.
I recently read an article in one of the Main Line magazines about a local instructor who seemed well-versed in many of the martial arts, but I no longer have the magazine. I was able to find his picture online (see the attachment below), but there was no contact info with the picture. If anyone recognizes the person in the link below, please let me know. He seemed quite impressive. Thank you.
Once again, a few people noted that they enjoyed the laugh, whereas a couple of people took it seriously. One person suggested that I look into getting a mediator first and try to resolve my conflict in that manner. Another person gave me the name and number of a local karate champion. Fortunately, I did not have to do anything to alleviate their concerns; another neighbor responded by saying that my post was an April Fools’ joke.
So I was happy with both pranks. The first one resulted in a few kids getting a laugh, and a few kids being disappointed. With the martial arts instructor one, I tricked a couple of people, so that made me happy.
The fact that I did trick a large number of people might suggest I am good at lying; I wonder what profession would have a need for anyone with such a skill,,,