It happened around April 1 (1975), but I don't recall if it precisely April 1. It was a good prank in any event.
When I was in the Air Force at Beale AFB in California, one of the guys in my avionics shop -- Wilcox -- was awaiting a transfer to Hawaii. For a month he'd been driving us all nuts with his never shutting the fuck up about Hawaii. Then one day his transfer orders arrived. He was out on the flight line, working on a plane.
Orders of transfer always came in stapled stacks of at least a hundred copies. Every clerk you dealt with along the way, you handed them a copy.
One of our sergeants got a blank copy of a transfer order and got a squadron clerk to type up a bullshit transfer to Minot, North Dakota, one of the worst possible assignments in the Air Force. They stapled the phony order to the top of the stack of real orders, then left it where Wilcox would find it when he signed back in from the flightline.
He grabbed the orders and started happy-dancing all around us, even waving the stack of orders in our faces. He taunted us and we just smiled as we waited for the other shoe to drop. He went to read us the orders and then he saw it. MINOT. It was as if he'd been punted in the nuts.
He staggered to the nearest chair and he just stared at the paperwork. "Son of a bitch," he muttered a few times. His face got beet-red. He started uttering rapidfire variations on "fuck" and he started to cry.
The rest of us were laughing our asses off.
Wilcox was really crying some waterworks by then. He looked near-suicidal. The sergeant who concocted the phony orders decided to let him in on the joke, but Wilcox shut him up. Wilcox started cursing at the bunch of us for laughing. The sergeant and several others piped up over his curses, telling him to look at the rest of the sheets in the stack.
It took him a while to realize the prank and then he held up the stack to us and said weakly, "I'm goin' to Hawaii!" The prank really took the starch out of him and he was like a kitten the rest of the day.
My sister was driving with my 7 year old nephew in the car and she pretended to answer a phone call. She screamed "What???? You're kidding!!! OH MY GOD that's incredible!!! How much????". Of course by then my nephew wanted to know who was calling and why. She said it was grandpa and he had won the lottery! My nephew immediately called his dad to tell him that grandpa had won $7 million. It was really effective because my nephew really believed it so he was really believable when he called his dad. My sister waited a couple of hours before she finally said "April fools!".
George Takei had a GREAT one that totally got me! Lemme find it.
"Friends, I am thrilled to announce that I'll be starring in the Star Wars reboot directed by JJ Abrams. I'll be playing Master Ceti Maru, a member of the Jedi High Council. The new film, entitled "Star Wars: Galactic Empire," is greenlit and will begin filming sometime early next year. It is truly a moment for The Star Alliance. Thanks to all my fans for their decades of support."
A kid I used to babysit for who is actually a couple months pregnant waited until today to publicly declare her pregnancy via facebook - every couple hours she posted a different ultrasound picture, and everyone was all like "Is she or isn't she?"
I mean, most people you can assume that they're making it up, but the ultrasound with her name on it was . . . It took seeing a comment from a friend of hers about the actual baby bump before I realized it wasn't a prank.
Can you be any more not fair than that? I mean, what the shit dude?
Yesterday was not only April Fools Day, it was the birthday for the pastor at a local church that caters to homeless people. She has a severe lipstick fetish putting it on about 20 times a day. We told her yesterday morning to make sure she had plenty of lipstick on hand because after lunch we would have a kissing booth setup and she was the STAR. We handed out tickets to all the homeless during lunch and had a great prank lined up for her - no actual kissing booth.
That afternoon she turned the prank around on us and all the homeless guys and girls were walking around with thick lip prints on their cheeks.
On my way back from Detroit to NYC, it was when I was giving my ID at the airport. It was that awkward moment when he grabbed it, but I still held on, looked at it and said "Oh... wait... this is my fake ID!" And tried taking it back.