My April Fool’s Gag

April 1st, 2016 | Posted in General


There is an empty lot up on a very busy intersection up near my house that until about a year ago had a BP gas and service station on it. That was razed and the lot still stands empty with no signs on it about what may be coming on the space.

At 4 am this morning I put this sign up on the lot. It’s 4’x8′. The only clue it’s a prank is a small Alfred E Neuman face at the bottom right corner.

Sadly it’s very windy today, so I have twice been up there to fix the sign. I took this photo at a little after 10 am after getting it back up for the second time. While I was doing that two guys from the City of Eagan pulled up. Apparently they have been getting calls at City Hall all morning asking about the new In-N-Out Burger coming to Minnesota. They had come out to investigate the sign. I had to fess up.

Their reaction? They were both really disappointed to learn it was a prank. Then they said they had no problem with my leaving it up as long as I promised to take it down after the day is over. Who said civil servants have no sense of humor??


  1. Jack Myhervold says:

    It might have made for some interesting caricatures of your fellow jailhouse inmates. Maybe next time.

  2. Tracy Latham says:

    Knew a preacher once who lived in the church parsonage. “Someone” put a for sale sign from a realtor up in his yard.

  3. Tad Barney says:

    This is fantastic

  4. Andy says:

    Hilarious, well played!

  5. YouGivethThenYouTakethAway says:

    It was the best day I’ve had in awhile when I heard In N Out was coming to Eagan, then in a matter of minutes, it was the worst day. Still devistated.

  6. Ernie says:

    You never know what may begin a revolution.


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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