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Let's leave April Fools to the kids this year - they need a little laugh

Ed Power


Practical joking is the last thing that's called for these days. But children could do with a break from all the bad news they're enduring, so let them enjoy their little pranks, writes Ed Power

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The write stuff: Kids need to enjoy the little things

The write stuff: Kids need to enjoy the little things

The write stuff: Kids need to enjoy the little things

Today is an April Fool's Day like no other. As if coronavirus hasn't already put us in a spin, April 1 gives us one more thing to fret about. How much pranking is appropriate in the midst of a pandemic, when, in hospitals not far from us, severely ill people are fighting for their lives?

The knee-jerk answer is none at all. Or at least that is the line taken by Google which has a history of (honestly pretty awful) April 1 gags.

Not so in 2020, with the tech goliath telling staff to put any scheduled stunts in the recycle bin. At Google, tomfoolery is taboo.


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