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The Unintended Consequences of April Fools

For all those looking for a good April Fool’s joke from me, think again. April Fools jokes affect everyone for the worse. Just this morning, Disney has announced that the release date for the new Star Wars movie will be pushed back a year. While they haven’t given an official reason, inside sources have said that due to some miscommunication over an April Fools Joke, and some last minute internal power struggles, George Lucas has taken over the creative helm for the new Star Wars movie, as well as a portion of the Marvel Universe. Millions of voices cried out in terror and it didn’t stop.

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If that doesn’t scare you, a condom manufacturer issued a recall this morning on all of their products. In 2014, as an April Fools joke, one of the production managers sent out an email attached with fake specifications for a new product they were going to run, jokingly named Springtime Surprise, to every member in the production department. According to inside sources, any seasoned member would have recognized that it would have been a recipe for disaster. Unfortunately, the email was also sent to a new hire, Richard Ash, who had started later that week.

Missing out on the joke, and wanting to make a good impression, Richard immediately set his calendar to schedule the production for next February and filed it away.

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On Monday, during a production meeting, Joe discovered his error when his fellow production managers started joking about how they were going to top last year’s Spring-Fling April fool’s joke.

Now, I’m not saying April Fool’s should be abandoned for good. I’m just saying people should examine the bigger picture of it all. It’s not just, how will my actions affect the person I am fooling. You should be asking yourself if anyone else might be indirectly affected by what you’re about to do? And to take it one step further, do you really care?

Jun Kim
Jun Kim is a writer based out of Los Angeles, California. After graduating with a B.A. in Comparative Literature, he worked as a researcher for a prominent Orange County law firm. Currently he is the head technical writer for a corporate tax consulting firm who splits his day between analyzing tax credit studies and sneaking naps in his office. A self-professed lover of EDM and gamer extraordinaire who loves concerts and moonlit strolls to liquor stores.

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