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No More Mr. Fool


(4/1/2016)

ArcticFool

Since I launched this site in 2009, with every April 1st has come an attempt to deliver some good-natured chuckles to the great people who come here, employing the time-honored tradition of the April Fool’s prank.

One of these attempts poked a little fun at what was, at the time, a seemingly crazy proposition. Such was the case in 2013 when Arctic Cat and Yamaha announced their partnership, which I had a little fun with HERE.

Another was actually a poke at the competition by joking that Cat was moving it's production  (to another country, in a post that I quickly killed). That now-infamous post was thoughtless and stupid on my part, and it resulted in a flurry of phone calls and the near elimination of my partnership with the company. I like to think I learned from that one.

Once I thought it would be funny to pretend the site was hacked by the crew from Roseau, Minn.

Three-stroke engines, anyone?

Last year I got buy-in from Tucker Hibbert to announce he would be racing a 4-stroke. We both thought everyone would eventually read to the end and realize that we were talking about him racing a 4-stroke MOTORCYCLE, but apparently hundreds and maybe thousands of people never made it that far, because he had people seriously asking him about racing a 4-stroke sled all season long.

Since I’ve made at least as many dumb decisions as I have funny, sensible decisions about April Fool’s pranks, and because the ice I skate on hasn’t gotten any thicker, I thought it prudent to be a bit more conservative and step away from this tradition, in order that I live to fight, er, write another day.

To those who appreciated my feeble April Fool’s attempts, I’m sorry. To those who wanted to punch me in the throat for my childish humor, I can only say I’m sorry and it won’t happen again.



Comments (5):

Arcticbuster says:
4/1/2016 7:08:00 AM

John,

I am hoping that this piece is truly your April Fools joke as I look forward to your creativity and almost Mad magazine type of humor on April 1st every year.
SearchingForCredibility says:
4/1/2016 10:26:00 AM

Will this mean we will no longer find hair dryers in our luggage and condoms in our saddlebags? If so, I'm gonna miss those rides John.
CAT FAN says:
4/1/2016 11:54:00 AM

John,

I believe you forgot the best April fools joke. The race sled 800.

http://www.arcticinsider.com/Article/Newsflash-Limited-Edition-Sno-Pro-800-HO-for-2011
Tom Mahon says:
4/1/2016 3:57:00 PM

There are thousands of people out here that are willing to flip burgers until they are eighty, just to be able to buy a new sled when it feels right . Job security should not be an issue --- do what is right !
Mike F says:
4/1/2016 4:11:00 PM

So a couple of those ended up a little....sideways. Lol! It was all in good humor. Honest to goodness, I had people asking ME if the Hibbert 4 stroke thing was true! I thought they were all funny, but I'm not quite right!

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