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April Fool Fun Rationed -- April Fool's Day, 1943
The Associated Press reported that the Society for the Preservation of Practical Jokers had issued an advisory to its members warning them that "in view of the war's restrictions on what some fools consider fun" practical jokers should proceed with caution "otherwise, there might be casualties."

"Don't put any bricks under old hats on the sidewalk, for passing pedestrians to kick. It's sabotage— shoes are rationed.

Don't use that old wallet-on-a-string trick. If the sucker bends over to pick it up, he may bust his suspenders. Rubber elastic is scarce.

Don't put salt in the sugar bowl. One cup of coffee ruined by a spoonful of salt is considered grounds for justifiable homicide.

Don't let the air out of your neighbor's tires—unless you've made your will.

Don't drain his gasoline out on the ground. Not a lawyer in the country would dare touch your case.

Don't sneak into an Army camp with a bugle and blow reveille an hour early. Tearing you limb from limb would expend valuable military energy.

Above all, don't jump up and surprise your acquaintances shouting: "heil Hitler!"

They may not know what day it is—and there's enough absenteeism without taking time out to attend fools' funerals.

P.S.—April Fool! There's no such thing as a Society for the Preservation of Practical Jokers."

April Fool Categories: War and Military, 1943, Fake Warnings.
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