In case you haven't looked at the calendar recently, here's a gentle reminder: Tomorrow is April 1.
As in, April Fools' Day.
But if you're thinking about pulling some sort of office prank, you might want to reconsider:
"Sixty-eight percent of advertising and marketing executives interviewed for The Creative Group consider April Fools' pranks unsuitable for the office."
The staffing company had an independent research firm interview 500 marking and advertising executives. Only 30% agreed that it was "somewhat" or "very" appropriate to play April Fools' jokes in the office.
With unemployment still relatively high and the job outlook still relatively weak, being the guy who does something "inappropriate" might not be that great an idea.
That said, for those who are feeling secure: The Museum of Hoaxes, which dedicates itself to this sort of thing, has its "Top 100 April Fools' Day Hoaxes Of All Time." It ranks the BBC's 1957 "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest" prank No. 1.
If you do pull off a good one tomorrow, or have a good joke pulled on you, let us know in the comment thread.
Update at 3:30 p.m. ET: I should add that NPR is not above some April Fools' spoofing of its own.
All Things Considered producer Art Silverman tells us that last year, the show got quite a reaction to a "letters" segment in which the hosts discussed the subject of "farm-raised whales being grown and harvested" in the Midwest. That prompted some very real e-mails from listeners who were very horrified.
Here is last year's ATC fake story, followed (starting around the 3:40 mark) by the next day's "correction":
We're Not Joking: Think Twice Before Pulling An April Fools' Prank
We suggest you listen carefully to tomorrow's ATC.