By Betsy Rothstein, Jordy Yager and Kris Kitto - 03/31/09 06:27 PM EDT
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.): I can think of about two or three things, but they’re highly classified. One thing about practical jokes is, you never tell the person. If I tell you … they’ll finally know.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.): My wife and I have ongoing April Fools’ pranks. She usually gets the best of me, I can assure you that. The funniest one she tried to play on me was that she was pregnant — and she actually was. She didn’t know it.
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) played his on former Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), and Jon Corzine (D-N.J) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), on swearing-in day: We’re all standing there, clutching our Bibles, and I turn to them and say, “Incidentally, what Scripture are you going to read?” [They] panic. It works.
Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.): In the state Assembly, I told a freshman assembly member to go downstairs and get the color TV that was issued to every Assembly member for personal use. He went downstairs and asked for it. He was so embarrassed.
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho): When my wife bought a new house and didn’t tell me. She sent me the papers and said, ‘Sign them.’ And then we moved in.
Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.): It’s my birthday. I’ve been on the other side of pranks, so I’m very sensitive to that day. I usually don’t pull pranks because I am usually the one being abused. [Lee explains a practical joke played on him by a former boss, who gave him fake airline tickets to Taiwan for a business trip. Lee had his bags packed. The trip involved three complicated legs of voyage and about 36 hours to get there.] It was my boss — that’s why I believed.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.): It’s usually with the kids. Every April Fools’ [Day], we’ll take a rubber band and tie it around the faucet sprayer. And they’ll go into the kitchen in the morning and we’ll have aimed the sprayer at where we think they’ll be standing. And every year it works; it never fails.
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.): Maybe I don’t remember because I wanted to forget it.
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas): Hispanics? We’re always joking. [He then explains how senior lawmakers give the press request tickets they receive on the House floor to freshman lawmakers.]
Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas): Probably the time I was at Al Gore’s vice presidential residence. I announced that Congressman Solomon Ortiz [D-Texas] had gotten married. At the time he had a couple of ladies that left in a huff. He was shocked and he was not nice to me afterward. A lot of people don’t know this, but [Rep. Ciro Rodriguez] was a Chippendales dancer — but you didn’t hear that from me.