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To think this April Fool's joke is not funny

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SweetTeaVodka Fri 01-Apr-16 07:56:52

I'm a member of a "due date group" on the dreaded Facebook. We are all due March/April. One of the (yet to give birth) members has just shared a post her husband made on his timeline announcing the "safe arrival" of their newborn with a picture taken Google. It's had likes and congratulations posted on it.

Am I alone in thinking this is not at all funny? Maybe it's my anxiety disorder speaking but I'd be terrified of somehow "tempting fate" (even though I'm not sure I believe in fate to begin with) and what if something traumatic/the unthinkable happens when she does actually come to have her baby.

I also think the safe arrival of a healthy baby is nothing to joke about when so many people's babies don't arrive safely or healthy.

Or am I just having a sense of humour failure and need to get a grip?

PageStillNotFound404 Fri 01-Apr-16 07:59:43

YABU. Apart from the points you make, it's hardly witty, clever or particularly funny, is it?

But TBH I hate the whole concept of April Fool pranks - you see the occasional well-crafted one on social media but in general they're either blindingly obvious, unfunny or downright cruel - so I'm happy to join you in Curmudgeon Corner.

Lweji Fri 01-Apr-16 07:59:57

It can only possibly go wrong for them, so, let it go.

But, maybe the lie is that it's not a lie?

PageStillNotFound404 Fri 01-Apr-16 08:00:19

Sorry, that should be "YANBU"!

TheDuchessOfArbroathsHat Fri 01-Apr-16 08:02:13

You probably need to get a little bit of a grip - there's no happiness in 'what if' land so don't torture yourself with that nonsense.

However, April Fool's jokes are about as funny as a cupful of cold sick so YANBU on that front.

LagunaBubbles Fri 01-Apr-16 08:03:04

So it's not true? Not really a joke.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Fri 01-Apr-16 08:03:21

No, I don't think it's funny either.

I think it's quite an odd train of thought and even odder to act on it.

FlowerOfTheWest Fri 01-Apr-16 08:05:17

I don't understand. How do you know it's an April Fool and not the actual birth announcement? What is the picture of?
But I agree with you about tempting fate.

DamsonInDistress Fri 01-Apr-16 08:05:46

It's hardly rolling in the aisles funny, a little chuckle maybe, but mostly it's your anxiety talking.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Fri 01-Apr-16 08:12:23

So they've said *April Fool' we're kidding?confused

Skittlesss Fri 01-Apr-16 08:12:28

I can't stand people joking about being pregnant/having babies on April Fools Day. It's horrible for those who are unable to have children - to see people joking about something they can't have.

SweetTeaVodka Fri 01-Apr-16 08:13:17

Flower, she posted in the due date group (a private group) a screenshot of her partner's "announcement" with a message chortling about his April Fool's joke to Facebook. She clarified to the group that she remains very much pregnant as there was some confusion there too.

Duchess, yes I know I shouldn't entertain "what ifs", but I am a naturally cautious person and have an anxiety disorder, which although well controlled for the most part often involves intrusive thoughts and I am currently worried over the health of my own unborn child so probably a little sensitive.

Glad to see I'm not the only person who failed to find the funny in their "joke" as she seemed to think it hilarious.

LindyHemming Fri 01-Apr-16 08:16:47

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expatinscotland Fri 01-Apr-16 08:19:04

Not funny at all. Nor are all those pregnancy 'jokes'.

OpenMe Fri 01-Apr-16 08:21:01

This reminds me of when ds1 had a lying phase. When caught out he would say "only joking" and I would tell him that to qualify as a joke it had to be funny

TeacupsandFigs Fri 01-Apr-16 08:21:09

YANBU, it's not that funny.

FatimaLovesBread Fri 01-Apr-16 08:22:25

Eh, how is that even funny? I'm due any day now and would go mad if DH did this.

What if they have the baby next week and half the people think they've already had it. What a stupid thing to joke about

whois Fri 01-Apr-16 08:26:16

It's jot particularly funny, but:

I can't stand people joking about being pregnant/having babies on April Fools Day. It's horrible for those who are unable to have children - to see people joking about something they can't have

So we should never talk about babies because it upsets people who can't have them? Don't be redic. Suggest people need to get over their own fertility issues.

PPie10 Fri 01-Apr-16 08:28:50

Yanbu it's a bit tasteless to me.

FlowerOfTheWest Fri 01-Apr-16 08:29:35

Oh, I see. Yep, that's just silly. I don't see the funny side either.

Helmetbymidnight Fri 01-Apr-16 08:30:33

They're idiots.

OpenMe Fri 01-Apr-16 08:32:22

Agree with Fatima. I'd be furious if someone did it about my baby and a bit hmm if it was about someone else.

I can't see how it's funny but it's the sort of thing "hilarious" people do and then accuse others of having no sense of humour

ovenchips Fri 01-Apr-16 08:33:20

It's not funny to me, but seeing as how it's about their own baby and faking their own baby's birth and no-one else's, they are really also the only people who could be offended by their humour!

I would eye roll and move on.

BastardGoDarkly Fri 01-Apr-16 08:35:39


Helmetbymidnight Fri 01-Apr-16 08:36:42

When she does (next) announce the baby, say 'yeah yeah, why should we believe you, liar'
Then you might never have to speak to these great wits again. smile

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