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Thursday, March 31, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Spoiler alert. Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day. And who doesn’t love a good April Fool’s prank? As the old saying goes, it is better to give than to receive.

Our oldest daughter, Sara, enjoyed April Fool’s day in her youth, as she would put green food coloring in our milk jugs at home and set all the clocks in the house at different times. Her favorite prank, though, was to brush oral numbing gel on pieces of stick gum and wrap them back up, waiting for a friend to ask for a piece. She said this was especially effective right before choir.

If you appreciate this type of humor, here are a few more to make your April 1 a bit more exciting.

Have coffee drinkers at your place or work? Swap out the sugar supply with salt and watch the look on their faces after the first sip. And then get ready to pour another cup of coffee.

If you work at an office and have a co-worker who uses a computer, cut out a small piece of paper with the message “GOTCHA” and tape it on the bottom side of the mouse, covering the sensor that makes it work.

I have read about this one in the past but haven’t tried it. It is worth repeating, as it is incredibly clever. Unscrew your friend’s shower head and pop in a bouillon cube. Who doesn’t like the smell of hot chicken broth in the shower’s streaming water?

Do you have rugs in your home? If so, place bubble wrap underneath one and get ready to laugh.

You may remember the “kick me” signs that you taped to each other’s backs in middle school. Here is an adult version. Write the words “HONK AT ME” on a large piece of paper and tape it to the back of your friend’s car.

And while you are at it — and if you just happen to have a harmonica laying around — secure one to the front of your friend’s car bumper. As the car goes down the road, and the wind blows in the instrument, the driver will be baffled by the newfound noise, even with the windows rolled up.

Like Oreo cookies? Carefully unscrew a few and replace the filling with white toothpaste.

This one is especially good. Take a pair of a family member’s socks and sew them shut about halfway through.

Do you have a bottle of clear nail polish? Take a bar of soap from the shower and coat the entire bar with the polish. The victim of this prank will work up a sweat while trying to work up a lather.

And here’s my all-time favorite April Fool’s prank. Smear a glob of peanut butter on a person’s shoe. Enough said.

Have a thoughtful — and cautious — Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Light snow will come to an end, leading to a mostly cloudy and breezy day today. Friday will be mild, with a high near 54. Rain moves in again late tonight into early Saturday morning. Another slight rain chance affects us late Sunday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI: Iowa currently hit harder by bird flu than any other state

More than 8 million birds have been destroyed so far in Iowa in the midst of a bird flu outbreak. That makes Iowa the hardest-hit state in the nation. Three of the five largest sites where cases have been confirmed are located in Iowa, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Call for action after more arrests made in East High shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police arrested four more teenagers in the deadly East High shooting investigation, bringing the number of suspects up to 10. “We all need to come together and get on the same path because if we keep going at this rate, we’re going to lose an entire generation of kids,” Sgt. Paul Parizek, with Des Moines Police, said.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa House and Senate pass educational transparency bills | What is in them?

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that could bring some big changes to Iowa schools in more ways than one. Senate File 2369 would require school districts to publish all of their instructional materials online and also establishes a scholarship program for private schools, both of which have been priorities for Republicans this session. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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Thursday is National Clams on the Half Shell Day, Friday is National Sourdough Bread Day, Sunday is National Chocolate Mousse Day and Monday is National Cordon Bleu Day. — Jim Duncan

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best East Village Restaurant
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Off road adventures
The Beckers let the dirt fly with quad hobby.

By Becky Kolosik
Steve and Jesse Becker’s love for off-road vehicles started when they were both young children riding go carts, dirt bikes, and three-wheelers. As young adults living in Michigan, they started snowmobiling in 2002 and then made the transition to quads in the summer.

“We purchased our first Arctic Cat quads in 2003 and have never looked back,” says Jesse. “We love the exhilaration that comes from flying down the road or tearing through trails.”

Their passion continued to grow with the introduction of the side-by-side model. They purchased an Arctic Prowler two-seater in 2010 and from there have owned a variety of different makes and models over the years. They now have 4 Can Am quads.

“Having kids didn’t slow us down. They enjoy riding as much as we do,” Jesse says, smiling. “Siera and Hoyt started on toy quads, riding around the yard when they were 2 and 3 years old.”


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