Holidays in Appalachia

Telling Tall Tales on April Fools Day

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Will you try to get someone to believe a tall tale today?

I’m terrible at playing jokes. I can never keep a straight face. On April Fools Day I’m the gullible one believing whatever tall tale I’m told.

I did witness one successful April Fools Day joke when I was a child.

I had spent the night with a friend and early on April Fools Day she woke her daddy up and told him the cows were out.

Her father got up, put his clothes on, pulled his boots on, and went out to gather up the cows.

I remember thinking boy he’s going to be mad when he comes back, but he wasn’t. I guess once he got outside he realized what day it was. He came back in smiling and laughing that his daughter had pulled a good one on him.


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    April 1, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I didn’t play any April fool pranks…… but I did think…… about it ☺️ and yes it was cold this morning.

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    Ruth Binder
    April 1, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Mother Nature played an April Fool’s joke on us here in NE Ohio. I’m in the ‘secondary snowbelt’ and I’m sure we got four to five inches of snow this morning. Fortunately, the ground is pretty warm and it should melt fairly soon. Happy Easter everyone!

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    Kat Swanson
    April 1, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Have any of you ever heard the phrase…..pull a rusty….? In the coalfields of Va., today was an extra good day to pull a rusty…pull off a joke. As for watching the tv to see a joke happen, not today… tv is all about a murder trial..almost too sad to watch. I am reminded of a quote by Edmund Burke from 1770 , used by JFK in 1961….The ONLY thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing

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    Miss Cindy
    April 1, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Old Man Weather got the prank on us this April Fools day. We’ve had all this beautiful warm weather and now, today it’s cold again!

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    April 1, 2021 at 9:09 am

    I have ended up the fool more than once while trying to pull an April Fools Day prank. Even worse, I have made a few people mad when I got one over on them. The kids will be the only ones I mess with today.

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    Gene Smith
    April 1, 2021 at 8:59 am

    I once fell for this one: My boss told me that a visitor named Loof Lirpa was in the lobby asking for me. I went to greet him, and when I came back, everyone was enjoying the joke. That might be the original April Fool’s trick.

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    Ray Presley
    April 1, 2021 at 8:58 am

    My favorite boss was a prankster, and on one April Fools Day he went around a told everyone to meet him for lunch at a certain restaurant. Almost everyone showed up except Ed, who was off snickering up his sleeve somewhere, only to shout, “April Fools” when we returned.
    And here in Hanover, PA the weather man appeared to play a bit of an April Fools joke on everyone by forecasting snow for this morning. Well, it didn’t snow, but everyone was sure looking for it.

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    Jess Henson
    April 1, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Growing up on a four-generation farm, I could sleep through almost anything, but if anyone hollered “Cows are out!” it was a sure-fire way to wake me up. Dad had me trained to it. I could be half out the door with jeans, boots and jacket on before my brain was fully engaged!
    My Pappy (granddad) has passed on since then, but my Nanna, parents, husband and I still run the farm, training up the next generation -my daughters- to respond to that phrase. Perhaps husband and I can conspire a prank similar to this in the near future… Not sure if it will be met with the same good humor though… LOL!

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    Ron Stephens
    April 1, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Don’t think I’ll do any April Fools jokes today. I’m not much in the joking line. When I tried it comes out crossways. Comes of being fun-impaired I guess.

    I did know some pranky Perry boys that would come up with some doozeys. they could tell the most outrageous tales with a straight face. One of them told my Dad they once had a pond down in the little swale at the edge of the cornfield in front of their house when he was a boy. The ducks used to come by and land on it and feed in the cornfield. But one year they came early and that night there was a hard freeze and the pond froze over. Next morning the ducks flew off, taking the pond with them. No more pond after that.

    Speaking of which, freeze warning tonight. And that’s no April Fool. I’m gonna say it’s Dogwood Winter.

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    Margie G
    April 1, 2021 at 7:22 am

    Happy April 1 everybody! I’m like you in the joke department. If it’s not funny, I fail to find humor. I won’t be playing any childish pranks today. I’m much too old for the b.s. If I want jokes and laughing stock, TV is never too far away.

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