FROM READERS: Family receives 'Donut Seeds' in mail as prank

Friday, April 4, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:50 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 4, 2014
Joe Dillard received a package of "Donut Seeds" in the mail as a April Fools' Day prank.

Joe Dillard, a longtime Columbia resident, has published a book, "A Full Cup of Joe," an autobiography of his funny life experiences thus far.

Please Kick Me signs, Oreos filled with tooth paste, or a one dollar bill glued to the floor in front of a vending machine: All pretty standard April Fools' Day pranks, but not close to the "gotcha" joke played on the Dillard family this year.

All four of our Dillard families received an official looking envelope with a “NON MACHINABLE” note stamped on it (which required extra postage). We all ignored this first clue as we tore into it to see the contents. Well would you believe it, it contained an official looking packet of Donut Seeds (mixed varieties) from the Dillard Seed Company (second big clue ignored), reportedly having the “Finest Quality Since 1950.”

From the potted plant on the front of the seed packet, it would lead one to believe that you could soon have some donut shaped flowers in a variety of colors. How cool would that be! Of course being the plant person that I am, I was becoming more and more hooked.

On to the back side of the packet I went looking for the planting instructions, and there they were. Days to germinate: 15-21; Depth to sow: ½ inch; Seed spacing: 3-4 inches and so on including one last suggestion, a recommended plant date of April 1st (which turned out to be the final clue).

Betty and I did not open our packet right away, so we didn’t know what was in it. But, before long, our younger daughter called and asked if we had gotten a packet of Donut Seeds from the Dillard Seed Company. She had opened hers and said that it did not contain seeds, but Cheerios!

Well, Betty said that’s it – Donut Seeds, Cheerios, "plant on April 1st." How many more clues does it take! We have been had, but good.

The perpetrator of this most innovative April Fools' joke will go unnamed, but we know who he is and where he lives (seems like I hear some snickering coming from near Harrisburg, Missouri). Maybe there will be some home-grown donuts in his future!

That’s our funniest joke of April 1, 2014. What’s yours?

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