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Watch Out! Tomfoolery on the Rise

Posted on 3.31.2008
According to the Yahoo Buzz blog, online research into April Fool's day pranks is up 40% over last year. Searches has jumped 302% in the past 7 days for "practical jokes" and 344% for "april fool's jokes." A couple of points of interest, according to Yahoo's data:
  • Women 35-44 make up 1 of every 10 pranksters
  • Wisconsin is most interested in the holiday, but Pennsylvanians led queries for jokes and pranks.
Wikipedia defines the day as one "marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, enemies and neighbors, or sending them on fools' errands, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible." Check out the Wikipedia entry for a nice history of the day, including famous pranks via television, radio and websites.

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