Sunday, April 01, 2007

Heads up for April Fools'

Another weekend coming to a close. And April Fools’ Day, too. Of course, we all know the definition of "fool", but did you also know that "fool" is an English dessert made of stewed fruit (typically gooseberries) mixed with cream or custard? And, in olden times, the royal court had a fool, or jester for entertainment; Shakespeare created many a wise fool in his plays.

A little incident that happened at work a couple of years ago: Several of us who had visited the Ladies’ noticed the person in the other stall had been there for quite some time. The shoes looked like those worn by an old lady; we became concerned. So, a couple of us went in, knocked on the stall door and called out to the person. No response. We tried the stall door and found it was locked. Finally, J got down on the floor to look up under the door and see what was going on. We waited… And—

it was a dummy set up by the guys who clean our office. April Fooled we were.

Since A-Fools’ day is on a Sunday, we’ll see if there are any unusual occurrences at work tomorrow (the same guys still clean our office).

Today, C and I went to the local art museum, where the main exhibit consists of huge gray heads of famous people sculpted out of cardboard and presented in various positions on pedestals. In the first part of the exhibit, the heads were of those involved in an infamous trial after the assassination of Idaho governor Frank Steuenberg in 1905. The second part displayed heads of the "Shapers of the 20th Century," including Johnny Cash, Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, Lionel Hampton, and Fidel Castro. All those disembodied gray heads with their seams and screws and yellow glue dripping… shades of Frankenstein—who didn’t suffer fools gladly.

We found we preferred seeing the up and coming talent of the juried show by area high school students and the amazing floating "city" in the sculpture court by Kendall Buster, "uncool fools" that we are…

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The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.
--Mark Twain

Men can acquire knowledge, but not wisdom. Some of the greatest fools ever known were learned men.
--Spanish proverb

A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything.
--African proverb

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