Trucker Mama: April Fools' Day: Where Did the Laughs Begin?


A trucker orders three flat tires, a pair of headlights and running boards.

The new waitress runs to the kitchen and says to the cook, “A driver just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. What does he think this place is, an auto parts store?"

The cook explained three flat tires equals three pancakes, a pair of headlights means 2 sunny side up eggs and running boards are 2 slices of bacon. 

She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans.

The trucker asked, "What are the beans for?"

"I thought while you were waiting you might as well gas up!"

Ha, ha, ha.

Cheesy, yes.  Induced a little smile, yes.  At least I hope so

April is nearly upon us – the funniest month of all.  April Fools’ Day is about inciting
everything from a small chuckle to a belly-hurting, pee-your-pants, laugh attack.  Where did this crazy day begin?

In virtually every culture, dating back hundreds of years, a day set aside for harmless pranks is noted - a rich history exists for such playfulness.  Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is the first place it is associated with April 1….and that dates back a mere 600+ years.  While not a recognized holiday anywhere, this tradition certainly has staying power.

What is the first time you remember getting pranked?  For me, it was in first grade.  I went to a small elementary school, and our principal came to our classroom and told us that something had gone wrong in the cafeteria.  He went on to say that he was ordering McDonald’s Happy Meals for everyone. I recall being devastated because this was going to be the coolest lunch ever, and I had packed my little Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox!  I cannot recall how long the “prank” continued, but I recall thinking: that was not funny to me.  April Fools’ Day was not made for 7 year olds.

What’s the best prank you have played on someone?  Sadly, I cannot think of a single one.  I better work on that this year.

Now, if anyone asks if you know about April 1st, you can say you’re fooly aware.


As always, I look forward to hearing what you think of this article and what else you would like to see in this spot. 

Take care of yourself and drive home safely,

Trucker Mama