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A New Yorker changed the Fulton St subway sign for April Fools' Day

This is the exact level of baseline whimsy we'll allow for this year's prank-fueled holiday.

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

The history of guerilla subway puns is a long one. From remembering famous individuals who have passed to marking historic moments and events, a shared experience across the five boroughs is gathering over an altered subway station and saying, Hey! They made that word into a different word!

Today, that tradition continues at a station in downtown Manhattan where an industrious individual has changed various signs at the Fulton Street station to instead read… “Foolton Street.” The “fool,” of course, being in reference to today’s holiday, arguably the worst of all holidays: April Fool’s Day. We’re guessing the “ton” part is just rounding out the sign on this one and not a hidden allusion to the social scene of Bridgerton.

Whether you celebrate or not, it seems fair enough to say that this is an acceptable prank to pull in the city for April Fool’s Day 2021—a year in which we all may still be a bit too on edge for normal prankish demonstrations such as flash mob nudity, false alarming headlines or $25 cocktails. Oh, wait. That last one was real.

As Secret NYC notes, the anonymous individual who altered the signs was even conscientious enough to do so with stickers rather than a more permanent material, making this an exceptionally thoughtful prank all around. Except for perhaps the one or two passengers still aimlessly riding an A train across the five boroughs, frantically searching for their Fulton St. destination.

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