April Fool’s Day: States Most Anticipating the Pranks

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Love it or hate it, April Fool’s Day is the time people pull out their inner pranksters.

With less than a week until the first Monday in April, IowaBets.com took a break from covering Iowa sports betting and used Google Trends to see the states that are most anticipating April Fool’s Day. Here are the top states that love to fool around (no, no, not that way):

States Most Anticipating April Fool’s Day

RankStateSearch Interest Score
5West Virginia60

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Idaho No. 1: Who Knew?

Based on our research, the Gem State - Idaho - has pulled out a few gems during its history and is full of practical jokers. Idaho has a search interest score of 100, compared to other topics.

Here in Iowa, we are an impressive No. 2 with a score of 77 when it comes to April Fool’s Day pranks. Iowa is followed by Colorado (74), Kansas (64) and West Virginia (60).  Minnesota (59), Alabama (50), Connecticut (42), Michigan (41) and Tennessee (41) round out the top 10.

No joke, the Hawkeye State is known for two of our nation's top practical jokers.

Legendary television talk show host and king of late-night talk shows, Johnny Carson, was born in Corning in 1925. Carson was in the state a short time as his family moved to Nebraska while he was still young.

And then there’s a legend in his own mind, Ron Burgundy - played by comedian Will Ferrell in the 2004 film “Anchorman.” Burgundy was born in fictional Haggleworth, a small coal-mining town in Iowa, where he spent the early years of his life before his amazing news anchor career in San Diego. 
Iowa, you stay classy.

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Lou Monaco has been a columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas and has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker. He is here to guide you in selecting the Iowa sportsbook that best fits your needs.