Got pranked on April Fools' Day? Send these 12 texts to your spouse for revenge

Joking with your spouse can have some benefits, so it may be something you should embrace this April Fools' Day.
Apr 01, 2016

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  • You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who wasn't affected by April Fools' Day pranks.

  • Seriously. Even Google pranks the everyday American. Only this year, the prank didn't go over so well, The Guardian reported.

  • The company announced a new "Mic Drop" function, which allowed people to send someone a reply email that included a GIF of a Minion from the Despicable Me series dropping a microphone. The function then disallowed the recipient from responding to any further emails.

  • So, yeah, it was a literal mic drop.

  • The problem, though, was that the function was all too easy for users to find, and it had some disastrous consequences, according to The Guardian. One employee said he didn't receive any of his boss' reply emails after using it, which eventually led him to being fired from his job. Others offered similar stories.

  • Google later apologized for the prank, saying it meant no harm on this pseudo-holiday.

  • Google did rebound with a funnier prank, though. The company introduced Google Cardboard Plastic, which allows users to "experience actual reality" - a play on Google Glass and all virtual reality technology.

  • But Google wasn't the only prankster making the rounds on April 1 morning. H&M revealed a Mark Zuckerberg line of fashion of just T-shirts and jeans, the trademark Zuckerberg outfit. Another company unveiled its new lunar smart watch, literally made from pieces of the moon. But of course those were just a few of the pranks, many more of which can be found here.

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  • Pranking is something families often do to each other. On April 1 this year, a father's prank on his children - in which he handed his children an iPad box that turned out to be just that, an iPad box - made the rounds on the Internet, too, according to Mashable. In fact, 21 percent of people say they will prank someone on April Fools' Day, with 25 percent expecting to be pranked by their friends and family, according to Ask Your Target Market.

  • "Today is April Fools' Day, a day that people celebrate by playing pranks and jokes on their friends, co-workers and family members. Pranks can range from simple jokes to misplaced or hidden items, or even to scary pranks," AYTM wrote.

  • Joking with your spouse can have some benefits, so it may be something you should embrace on this April Fools' Day. In fact, Focus on the Family experts Les and Leslie Parrott noted that comedy in general can help keep your relationship strong. Sometimes it's good to poke fun at your spouse - in careful ways, of course - or to laugh about silly things in a marriage so that some of the stress built up from raising a family or building that marriage can be alleviated.

  • "The point is that even when you've had a tough day, or should we say especially when you've had a tough day, you need to laugh," according to Focus on the Family. "It will help wash away the stress and keep the two of you together when you're coming unglued. So help each other to find something funny even when it's not easy."

  • But not all spouses enjoy getting pranked or hearing a joke. In an article for The Huffington Post, clinical psychologist Samantha Rodman said there are spouses who don't find all humor appropriate and would rather their spouse not joke around. Rodman said some spouses may feel joking around when your partner wants to be serious can be hurtful. And some comedy routines could come off as insulting, especially if the joke is aimed at your spouse.

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  • And when jokes come too often, couples have a hard time taking each other seriously anymore.

  • "Even the funniest guy in the world is going to annoy people if he's never serious. If your default stance is this jokey tone, your wife is just sick of it," Rodman wrote for Huffington Post.

  • That's why, according to Focus on the Family, you'll want to "study your spouse's funny nome" and make sure you know when it's appropriate to tell a joke and when it's not.

  • "Maybe your partner likes a sarcastic wit," Focus on the Family wrote. "Maybe it's slapstick that makes him or her laugh. Or maybe it's the old classic sitcoms like 'The Andy Griffith Show.' Wherever his or her funny bone is located, find it and use it - at least once a day."

  • So, let's be real. You've probably been pranked. But don't worry - you can get your spouse back. Here are 12 quick text messages you can send your spouse that'll get them back for the damage they did to you on April Fools' day.

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Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.

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