From the Founder's Desk: Sara, April Fools' Day 2016

April Fools’ Day in the Teare house

It’s April Fools’ Day, and once again we racked our brains trying to find the right prank we can pull here at AgileBits. Finding that right balance is tricky though, because the last thing we want to do is scare someone who is trusting us with all their personal information!

And so we end up with a ton of ideas that are really funny, but don’t really work for actually doing. You know how it goes: There is always that super funny prank you want to pull, but don’t, because you know that plastic snake hidden in the bed will give your mother a heart attack, and you don’t want to be responsible for that!

1Password 6  for iOS: All Vaults - Wendy Appleseed

Late last year when 1Password 6 launched, we switched to the All Vaults view, which is a great feature that people continue to enjoy. The All Vaults view showed our helpful Demo vault that people use to show off 1Password without revealing their own personal details, and this caused some confusion. We had a number of folks reaching out to us, concerned that their information had been compromised thanks to Wendy Appleseed’s details showing up in their new All Vaults view!

Once we explained how it got there, they completely understood, but it was definitely a good example of how difficult it would be to have any kind of practical joke hidden within 1Password.

So for this year, I thought it would be fun to share a few stories about how we celebrate at my house:) And, rest assured, these pranks are meant to be fun and silly, without having to worry about potential heart attacks!

Over the years, the idea of April Fools has evolved as our kids have gotten older. Last year, we tried a new prank: the Underroo Switcherrooo. I took all the clothes from Abby’s dresser and moved it into Jack’s—and vice versa—while they slept. Getting dressed in the morning was a bit more challenging last year!

One that has become a tradition of sorts for us is waking up on April 1st with a moustache! When I first thought of trying this, I didn’t think it would work, as I thought the kids would wake up, but evidently they are sound sleepers!! Armed with washable markers, I sneak into their rooms and add some creative drawings for them to discover when they wake up. The first year was quite something as Abby noticed Jack’s moustache before her own;)

2016 April Fools' Day: Sara and Jack

My most favourite prank of all time, though, was a number of years back, when it was just Dave and me. It had been a long day and I thought it would be fun to try “getting” him, but I was short on time and supplies. I ended up using some giant white (and obvious!) garbage bag ties to tie down the handle of the vegetable sprayer attached to the kitchen sink. I figured Dave would see the ties, laugh and then tell me what a sad attempt at pranking him it was. Instead, he went to the sink and turned it on. I could hear the “Ugh!” from the other room and stunned silence.

As I went in to claim my victory, though, I heard the tap turn on again — he evidently didn’t realize what had happened and tried to turn the sink on again, only to get sprayed again! I stopped in my tracks, laughing too hard to walk. The jig was definitely up then, and he retaliated by throwing a glass of water at me. Totally worth it. I’m laughing to myself now as I write this!

I hope that your April Fools’ Day is filled with fun pranks and good times. As for me, I’m going to spend the day trying to avoid wanting to buy things that don’t exist. ThinkGeek already got me, as I thought I found the perfect new toy for the office :)

April Fools' Day: The ThinkGeek NERF Nuke

Image courtesy of ThinkGeek

1 reply
  1. Dave Teare
    Dave Teare says:

    I turned the tap on the second time because I was planning on turning on the water, reaching down to grab the sprayer, yank it up, aim at you, and then press the button. This is the natural order of things. But obviously your prank made step #1 a bad idea :)


Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

What's on your mind?