September Fool’s Day

I got a chuckle when someone referred to today as “September Fool’s Day.”  I suspect he repeats this gag every first of the month.

We did a big of pranking at my first job — anything from spraying paper-punch holes all over someone’s office, to tweaking computer screens so that the (DOS) menu items would send the user somewhere unexpected — “6” would take them to WordPerfect instead of Lotus 1-2-3, etc.

Now, I don’t know that I’d encourage pranking in an office that I owned, myself.   I love humor and laughter, but worry that when staff make a habit out of ten-minute efforts to elicit a ten-second laugh, productivity suffers to everyone’s detriment.  Or maybe I’ve gotten old and crusty at 40.

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