Because life is a series of edits

Happy April Fool’s

In Family, Holidays on April 1, 2010 at 9:44 am

It's April Fool's Day. As Mark Twain wrote in Pudd'nhead Wilson, "This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four." Indeed.

I'm not one much for physical pranks (to the chagrin of my daughters), but I do enjoy a good pause-of-the-intellectual-faculties kind of joke. This probably has something to do with how enthralled I was as a 14-year-old kid in 1985, when Sports Illustrated published George Plimpton's now-infamous story about Sidd Finch, a rookie pitcher who planned to play for the Mets and could reportedly throw a baseball at 168 mph with
pinpoint accuracy.

I bought it hook, line, and sinker…and laughed at myself for doing so later.

Inspired by that experience, I suppose, I played a trick on Megan's readership last year by hacking her blog with my own piece of journalistic fiction that I thought I'd link up today in case you missed it the first time around.

Happy April Fool's day.

  1. “He’s a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent lifestyle, Sidd’s deciding about yoga—and his future in baseball”
    That was the beginning — and my favorite part — of the miracle (note the first letter of each of the words).
    I remember being absolutely ticked because the (then division rival) Mets had just added Dwight Gooden the year before and now they had Finch. What a bummer…

  2. Oh, I remember reading that article – I was so amazed and talked and talked about it to my Dad – and then found out it was an April Fool’s joke, and I loved it even more for how it had really tricked me! (Never knew about the first letters spelling out Happy April Fools Day – makes me laugh all over again!) That’s probably my favorite all-time April Fool’s joke. (Another is when Jimmy told me he had heard on NPR about Nike’s intention to project their trademark “Swoosh” on the moon by using a satellite… I bought that one, too, till he told me that it was an April Fool story!)

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