I hate practical jokes. It seems the intent is to derive laughter by making someone else feel foolish, and that's not the kind of comedy I enjoy. I don't laugh at people falling down stairs - I did that in 2008 and now I have a calcified bump on what I will call my lower lower lower back that requires me to sit on a padded seat for the rest of my life - and I don't laugh at other people being humiliated.
I can't stand April Fool's Day on line thanks to the fake news stories. They aren't hurting anyone, so where's the problem? Two things spring to mind: I have trouble trusting that source in the future and I get frustrated when people pass the joke on as fact. Let's take for example the news story that Starbucks is banning screenwriters from their shops as they take up space, don't spend much, and have a depressing air that makes other sad. It's an amusing story to which I can relate - my local is filled with people who seem to think the cafe is their personal office and sit there all day - but someone in my circle of friends has already posted this to his/her Facebook page as fact. And you know someone else won't get the joke and it'll take a page on Snopes.com to put the facts right again. (Although I really would like this George Foreman Grill with USB power. Throw in a USB powered kettle, and I'd never have to go downstairs to the kitchen again!)
So have a great April 1st...and don't believe everything you read!