The Day After April Fools

So I didn’t play any April Fool’s Day jokes on anyone yesterday. I know, I know, it’s almost un-American, but I just didn’t feel like trying to come up with some creative prank to unleash on a friend. The online world has changed April Fool’s Day. Years ago we had to actually do something physical to someone: a crank phone call, putting Saran Wrap over a toilet seat, putting hot sauce in someone’s Diet Pepsi, burning someone’s entire house down with gasoline and an acetylene torch. OK, maybe not that last one, but we had to actually do something to pull a practical joke on someone. Nowadays there are web sites that do the work for you. You just click the prank that you want, put in your friend’s e-mail address, and they’re sent a fake e-mail saying that they owe money or that they’ve been arrested or that their name is in the newspaper that day. There’s even one site that lets you put someone’s name into a video and it creates a video that looks exactly like a local news report saying that you’ve decided to run for President. It came complete with a fake tour bus with your name on it and even a billboard. I think that’s how Rudy Guliani ran his 2008 campaign.

Anyway, I skipped all that. But I did investigate two new mysteriously-named flavors of Doritos:

Doritos Late Night Last Call Jalapeno Poppers and Late Night Tacos at Midnight.

In short: the one on the right is pretty good, the one on the left tastes like an old shoebox.

To be more specific, the Late Night Last Call Jalapeno Poppers tastes odd and off-putting for about 10 seconds, and then the jalapeno flavor kicks in, but it’s too little too late. I like to actually taste something good when I have chips, some flavor enjoyment. I’m not a guy who just likes the crunch. The Late Night Tacos At Midnight are better. They actually taste like all of the ingredients you might find in a taco. I’ll stick with the original nacho flavored though.

Love the names though. It would be interesting to have been in the meeting where they came up with Last Call Jalapeno Popper and Late Night Tacos At Midnight. The latter seems a little redundant, but I like snacks that remind me of old New York neon street signs and film noir.

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