Dear Abby: It's April 1, the day I get to share some of the occasional letters I receive from folks who are pulling my leg. Read on:
Dear Abby: My wife of 23 years is threatening to divorce me on the grounds that I'm "unreasonable." Is it unreasonable for me to attempt to keep my socks oriented to the proper feet? When I put my socks on the wrong feet, I run around in circles and become disoriented. I know women don't have this problem because they wear pantyhose -- so it's impossible to put them on the wrong feet.
I sewed a bit of red yarn on the tops of my right socks so I could keep them straight. My wife says I'm crazy, but I insist, "Right on right; left on left."
So tell me, Abby -- must I run in stupid circles and endure moments of disorientation and embarrassment? Or should I forgo the red yarn and hang in there with my wife to preserve our marriage?
-- Disturbed Kentucky Man
Dear Disturbed Kentucky Man: And a happy April Fools' Day to you, too. The red yarn is preferable to the yarn you have spun for me. (It's also preferable to running in circles like a decapitated chicken.) And you're mistaken about women's pantyhose. Ask any woman who has put hers on backward.
Dear Abby: I'm concerned about my youngest son, "Sammy." From the moment he gets up each day until the time he retires at night, he spends almost the entire time playing in the sandbox in our backyard.
My wife and I are alarmed by his bizarre behavior, and incidentally, so is his wife. What should we do?
-- Worried Dad in Georgia
Dear Worried Dad: Be sure to brush him off if he ever runs a marathon to prevent diaper rash.
Dear Abby: Lately I've been having some strange dreams. I cannot explain how I come up with this stuff. The other night I had a doozy: whips, chains, whistles, yo-yos, circus midgets, a duck, a Romanian peasant woman, and my grandmother riding by on a bicycle giving me the finger. Please advise.
-- California Dreamin'
Dear California Dreamin': What a coincidence! I had that very same dream last night. Your grandmother sure gets around.
Dear Abby: I prefer to sleep facing in; my husband prefers to sleep facing out. My problem is when he's gassy -- which is often -- it puts me "in the line of fire." We've talked about how to deal with this problem, but haven't been able to come up with a solution. Any suggestions?
-- Gas Taxed in Newark, Del.
Dear Gas Taxed: Yes. Switch sides!