“It’s just a prank, bro!”
If you hear this, the prank went too far.
But you know what won’t go too far? AskReddit. I mean, they can, they are very capable, but not this time around as folks online started asking for pranks that wouldn’t be too elaborate or expensive, yet still funny and harmless for the receiving party, usually a family member, a friend, or a significant other.
And folks delivered, across two whole threads here and here with everything from Chrome extensions to putting up signs to not even pulling a prank at all, just to watch chaos ensue.
Whatever the case, there’s tons of suggestions and you’re more than welcome to partake in April Fools’ this year by scrolling through our curated list below and pulling a prank or two on unsuspecting (or suspecting, some people follow calendars, you know) folks at home, the office, school, or the comment section below!
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Bring a box of creme-filled donuts to work. Regular creme-filled donuts. Put a note on the box that says “Happy April 1!” Watch everyone get paranoid about what you didn’t actually do to the donuts.
I did this one last year. I work at a restaurant. We have these spray bottles with a light pink solution we use to clean tables and such. I went and grabbed a brand new one and filled it with watered down pink lemonade.
I would be cleaning near my co workers , while chatting with them and nonchalantly unscrew the top spray/ trigger piece and just started downing it like I was dying of thirst.
The look of horror on some of their faces was priceless.
Here’s one my 5 year old daughter pulled on me:
For a few days leading up to the 1st, she was talking about how her and mommy were going to bake me brownies. Totally hyped it up.
I should have seen it coming, but on April Fool’s Day, she brings me a plate with a bunch of brown construction paper cut out letter E’s.
She made me brown E’s.
There are 4 doors to our building and my co-worker put a sign on each one that says “Door broken use other door” with an arrow pointing left.
If they use Google Chrome, install the extension “nCage It”. It changes EVERY image (including google logo, thumbnails, etc.) into randomly generated pics/gifs of Nicholas Cage.
The best part? There is an option to hide the extension from the task bar. They would actually have to go into their internet options and find it under the “extensions” tab just to turn it off. It’s great.
I’m a female kindergarten teacher. I wore a mustache all day long and pretended it wasn’t there…even with the parents. Everyone got a kick out of it except for one student who cried because I “looked scary.”
Open up the spray option on your kitchen sink, aim at face. Gets the wife every year.
Protip: don’t forget you did it the night before: I get myself every year as well.
Here’s what I’ve got planned: Got the IT guy to give me a broken keyboard. I’m going to take a bunch of chia seeds, plaster them underneath the keys, spend a few days watering it, and then switch it for my coworker’s keyboard that morning.
piece of opaque tape over the lazer on everyones mouse. IT was pretty angry, I need to take that one to the grave with me.
We put googly eyes on everything in the fridge to shock the kids in the morning. We thought it was freakin hilarious and were totally impressed with our cleverness. Our kids were not impressed in the slightest. Not sure they even noticed…. Next year, we made them cereal and milk with a spoon in the bowl and put it in the freezer overnight. When we gave them breakfast, one burst into tears and the other threw it on the floor. Our kids can’t hang 🙁
Create scheduled tasks on their computer to play an annoying song, at an annoying time.
We did this to a co-worker. Every day, 1:15, his computer would start to play Nickleback. 3:45, Taylor Swift.
My favorite I did is to zip tie the cabinets and fridge shut. Then when they go to get the scissors, they find it they are zip tied shut too. Make sure to have an extra pair… I forgot to do that last year and had to buy another one…
Take screenshot of desktop.
Remove all icons on desktop.
Close all applications.
Set taskbar to “auto-hide”.
Set screenshot as wallpaper.
Result: computer looks just as they left it, but when they try to do anything, it doesn’t work.
Got this from Rooster Teeth years ago, but it works wonders. Get a group of friends together and start texting a specific person with everything in ‘quotes.’ Don’t say any about, don’t even acknowledge it. Then the next day suddenly stop.
Pulled this on my wife two years ago. I logged into her Facebook and changed her birthday to April 1st.
Wishes came flooding in.
My mom used to be a hunt-and-peck typer, so one year I pried all the keys off of her keyboard and re-arranged them in alphabetical order.
She got pretty mad, but she decided that maybe she should learn to type properly, so she did. That prank wouldn’t work today.
Freeze mashed potatoes. Scoop frozen mashed onto cones. Serve the kids vanilla ice cream cones for dessert. The look on their faces after they take a big bite is amazing! Cheap, funny and harmless.
Day before April Fools during my highschool years I tell my parents that “school was cancelled”. Tomorrow during the middle of the school day I say “April Fools”. Oddly enough I wasn’t met with the laughs I was expecting.
Put a picture of Slash from Guns n Roses on a coworker’s tires and tell them you slashed their tires
Replace their Purell with Lube. Watch them rub their hands together forever. The lube washes off harmlessly, the shame never will.
Take off the lid to the shower drain. Shove in a plastic bag with some chocolate milk powder mix in it. Secure the bag with the drain cover and cut off any excess bits of plastic. Wait for sounds of disgust as brown water starts coming up from the drain while they’re showering.
Depends on how your plumbing is set up, my friends and I went into another friend’s house, unscrewed the head of the shower in the bathroom, and filled it up with a packet of red Kool-Aid, then screwed it back on.
To the same house, we turned off the ceiling fan and then we had one of my taller friends line the top of the ceiling fan blades in the living room with rice krispies from their kitchen.
A few years ago I bought 200 packets of mayonnaise and hid them all over my boyfriend at the time’s room. I tucked them in the pockets of all his clothes, in his board games, behind his wall art- anywhere you could think of there was mayonnaise. He was still finding mayo a couple years later.
I work in Sales, and it seems like we always have a new guy around April. I like to write down on a post it “Please follow up with Mr. Baer at…” and then the number for the San Francisco zoo.
Get Tupperware and fill it with water. Tell the victim you’re going to show them a magic trick. Hold the container up to the ceiling and have them support it with a broom handle. Once the broom is supporting it, walk away.
I have a key to the vending machine at work. I’ve been wanting to buy a bunch of bananas and replace all the chips and candy with them.
Working at a fast food restaurant, this guy asked for a couple of ice cubes in his drink. But I only put in one.