Friday, April 1, 2011
Just Foolin' around!
I can't believe it's April - that has to be a prank! (Bet my New England friends must think so too, looking out their windows today!)
I've often enjoyed the lighthearted silliness of April Fool's Day. The first April Fool's prank I remember pulling was around the age of nine, getting up before my parents (a trick in itself), and making footprint cutouts from black construction paper that I then taped across the ceiling from my bedroom doorway to the stairway landing, where a sign on the wall wished them a happy...
So I'm taking a much-needed break to share some fun and interesting goodies I've gathered over the past few months that seem especially appropriate for this day of fun-filled trickery and mischievous monkey-business!
I caught this intriguing story on NPR back in January and after sending it to AdventureJo (an engineer who gets a kick out of stuff like this), I bookmarked it for my April Fool's Day post...
The illusions in the videos reminded me of the drawings of M.C. Escher, the 20th century Dutch graphic artist famous for his mathematically inspired illustrations of impossible architecture, the concept of infinity, and clever illusions that make the brain spin.
I really enjoy good trompe l'oeil ("fool the eye"), like this beer cellar Mark Spijkerbosch painted on the floor of a shower stall...
Or this sidewalk illusion (ooooooo nooooooo!) done in chalk...
Or this elaborate Danish April Fool's joke of a subway car appearing to burst from below a Copenhagen street...
Naturally we have to celebrate the day with a little April Fool fun with fruits and veggies!
Saxton Freymann's broccoli poodle
And the day wouldn't be complete without a brief history of April Fool's Day from the History Channel, some April Fools bakery trickery from Cake Wrecks, and Snopes' list of April Fool's pranks from the past.
But my favorite, given my spring cleaning marathon, is definitely this one. ;-)
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
~François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
So here's wishing you a happy April Fool's Day, and a fun-filled Friday of folly!
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"