I like a good joke as much as anybody. I've even pulled off a prank or two, although in full disclosure I should admit I've been the butt of those jokes far more often.
One of my favorites happened just this month, to a school teacher who had a policy that if a student's cell phone would ring during class, that student must put the call on speaker for everyone to hear.
Imagine how the teacher felt when he did that to one young lady whose phone rang and then listened as a doctor told the teenager that she was pregnant and that prenatal services were available at the health clinic.
As the shocked teacher stammered his apology, the class members confessed that the doctor and the pregnancy were all a setup, a hoax aimed at getting the teacher to rethink his cell phone policy.
"Lesson learned," the teacher later promised a reporter.
But then there's this, a bag detonated by police this week near the finish line of the Boston Marathon following the one year anniversary ceremonies of the bombings there.
A man was arrested, for leaving what turned out to be a rice cooker full of confetti. He is a self- proclaimed performance artist hoping to gain attention by police doing to his bag exactly what they did.
The officers were in no mood for a hoax. In fact, when a television crew accidentally left an equipment bag in the area the officers blew that up too, probably just to emphasize their point.
The officers didn't find the man funny.
My guess is, the survivors of the bombings, their family members and the Boston community as a whole didn't find it funny either.
I like a good joke as much as anybody. This clearly isn't one of them.