OT: Best and worst April fools day pranks

Submitted by TJ on April 1st, 2010 at 4:54 AM

I'm bored and am not about to get much sleep tonight/today so please enrich me with your best and worst April fools pranks. I don't care if they were a success or a failure. Last year my son saran wrapped my toilet... and I'm not creative enough to come up with a decent payback. Thanks!



April 1st, 2010 at 5:57 AM ^

Pour baby powder down into his hair dryer.

Or the funnel in the waistband.
Have him try to roll a quarter from his tilted back forehead into the funnel, when he tilts his head back pour a cup of water down the funnel.

Good luck!


April 1st, 2010 at 6:22 AM ^

A decent harmless one, but tape a scary looking halloween mask or what have you to the bottom of the toilet lid so it pops up when he goes to the bathroom.

Side note: Does anyone remember the one Sports Illustrated did a couple years ago about the "Monk raised pitcher" who got into a zen like trance and threw for 168mph at a Phillies camp and just walked away?


April 1st, 2010 at 6:25 AM ^

Well then I feel great because I had a great April Fools day this time. Since we just had April Fools Day, and the requisite April Fools pranks, people wonder what some of the high profile ones that happened were, and there were some gems. The BBC produced a story that there were spaghetti trees in Switzerland, and many people went for it, and they also ran a documentary about flying penguins, starring Terry Jones, which should are a tip off. Then there was sports writer George Plimpton's article about Sydd Finch, an American baseball player that had been raised in China and threw a 168 mph fastball and was debuting as a rookie for the Mets.


April 1st, 2010 at 7:06 AM ^

i made an ad on craigslist for a jeep cheeroke, used a few pictures of another jeep i found and since its a pretty hot item i made the it sound like a good deal and priced it VERY competative. and of course i said DONT email but call me and put my cousins phone number.

he got calls all day. people were pissed to find out it was fake. one guy complained he called long distance for nothing.

easy and harmless, but a good laugh


April 1st, 2010 at 7:42 AM ^

One year on St. Patty's my wife broke one of the windows in our apartment trying to wake me up to let her and her friends in; I had the only key, and was "sleeping soundly", having read the blurry writing on the wall and stumbled home. She had me call the property management company the next day and say that when I came home on the 18th, one of our windows was broken, and we thought some revelers might have broken it the night before (technically true . . . ).

So on April Fool's Day I had a lady I teach with call and leave her a voicemail. She claimed to be from the property management company and said that according to the repairman's report, the window had obviously not been broken by a projectile. We would be billed for the window, plus the labor, plus a $300 fee for filing a false complaint.

My wife freaked out, called the company to argue our point, talked to a very confused secretary, and had realization slowly dawn on her that it was indeed the beginning of April. She hurriedly hung up and called me. Amazingly, she found it funny. What a girl, huh?

Cock D

April 1st, 2010 at 8:01 AM ^

A buddy did it to me in college; poured a tall glass from the container, took a long pull, spit it out and started wailing on him.

I paid him back by putting iced tea powder in his toilet tank so that when he flushed, the toilet turned brown (hoping that he'd think I'd upper decked - i.e. shit in the tank of - his toilet).

Good times.


April 1st, 2010 at 8:35 AM ^

As a harmless but fun prank on my teenage daughter I unscrewed the showerhead and put in a packet of cherry kool-aid. When she turned the shower on it was blood red. It was a good scream.


April 1st, 2010 at 9:07 AM ^

Sophmore year of college I dated a girl who wasn't all there. I decided that morning, with the help of my roommate and brother, to trick her into believing I was transferring schools mid semester. I left away messages on AIM saying my goodbyes. My brother and roommate left away messages of support for my new destination in life. Other friends left going away presents (beer and T-shirts). She was in hysterics the whole day and I kept telling her how sorry I was that I didn't tell her earlier. We let this go on for the better part of 12 hours. Finally that night, after she gave me a going away "present", I broke the news that it was a trick. I was in trouble for a good amount of time after.


April 1st, 2010 at 9:10 AM ^

me and my intellectual buddies were out for revenge on the jocks because they were constantly picking on us. my japanese buddy had the bright idea to make an icy hot salad with their jock straps. needless to say those blockheads were in for a real surprise. haaaaaaHAAAAAAAAAAAAA(goose honk)


April 1st, 2010 at 9:14 AM ^

A friend of mine pulled what he thought would be a hilarious prank a couple years ago. He drove home from college (>3 hours) while his parents were at work, and made a mess through the entire house to make it look like they were robbed. He dumped out drawers, pulled stuff out of closets, etc., and then actually took their tv and computer in his car. He moved their car that was still at the house down the street to make that appear to be stolen too, and then just left. He came back that evening to find 2 police cars in the driveway, the officers investigating the crime, and his distraught parents doing their best to keep it together. I don't think he got into any legal trouble, but his parents were furious


April 1st, 2010 at 9:58 AM ^

I haven't played any April fools day pranks in a looooooong time. The only "prank" I think I've ever played on someone was fairly awful though looking back.

So this was ages ago, back in high school. I was unaware it was April fools day. One of my best friends had been crushing on an extremely cute girl in our class who I had known for years and was good friends with . He happens to be a very shy person and would never let her know how he felt without a gentle push from one of us.

Now this girl was, by all accounts, well out of his league. He was well aware of this fact and had been sulking about it for months. So one day before school started I told him that I had a long conversation with this girl the night before and that she told me she would go out with him if he asked her out, but that he had to ask her out on this particular day.

So during lunch I see him call her aside to talk. They sit down and begin chatting. My friend Vince walks over to me and this conversation takes place:

Vince: You know....this is a pretty mean prank, man. Funny as hell, but mean.

Me: (confused) Dude, this isn't a prank I'm just trying to get him to finally talk to her and shut up about how he wishes he could talk to her and actually make it happen.

Vince: You do know what day it is today, right?

Me: No.

Vince: April fools day.

Me: Shit

The second this dawned on me and I said "shit" I looked over to where my friend and this girl were sitting and she was shaking her head violently. My friend looked crushed and then turned his head toward me and had this "I'm going to kill you along with all of your dreams, piece by piece" look on his face, and I walked quickly in the opposite direction.

Luckily the bell rang for classes to resume so I didn't have so see him for the rest of the day.


April 1st, 2010 at 9:49 AM ^

This is not really specific to April Fools Day but I did it today.... My boss knows I'm a big fan of Man United and he thought it would be clever to deface my signed Nemanja Vidic framed photo as well as my panoramic of Old Trafford that hang in my office. He and most others in my office make fun of me for being a fan of soccer. Anyway, I came in to work a few months ago and saw what looked like marker scribbling all over my photos. I went crazy, calling building management the whole deal. He actually just replaced the glass in the frames and the photos (and original glass) were fine. Just a quick change back and my photos were looking good again. So today he found this in his office... I got 4 packs (total of 256) Dixie paper cups, stapled them all together, placed them on his desk and then filled them with water. I win.


April 1st, 2010 at 9:54 AM ^

Here is what you do: Go to your local drug store and buy a bottle of lemon flavored magnesium citrate. It's only about $2 and when somebody consumes the entire bottle they will have violent bowel movements for days. It is incredible tart/sour and carbonated, so mix it with sugar and pour it over ice. Tell your son it is carbonated lemonade. In a couple of hours payback is yours.


April 1st, 2010 at 11:03 AM ^

Usually, there are three comedians during a show, and two were national comedians who would often be booked together. So after a few towns, they became friends. That's the setup.

One of the comedians (Jeff Brennan, I think) who would come through bought 50 powerball tickets a week, and never won. On the day after the powerball drawing, the comedian who bought the tickets went in and bought one more ticket, which had the winning numbers from the previous night's drawing. Brennan mixed it in with the 50 losers and had the other comedian help him search through the numbers.

So, of course, the one comedian thinks he won and starts flipping out. April Fools.

The best part was later that morning when they went into a diner for breakfast, they handed over 10 tickets (including the fake) to a busboy and asked him to check the numbers. Brennan tells the busboy he'll give him 100,000 if he wins anything.

The busboy disappears for like 10 minutes, then brings nine of the tickets back and says, "No, you didn't win anything."

OK, sorry this was a long-ass message, but I've always wanted to try that one on someone...


April 1st, 2010 at 11:14 AM ^

I had a cop buddy fake arrest me in front of my girlfriend a few years ago. The look on her face was priceless. A cop car rolls up and he jumps out with a piece of paper claiming it's a warrant for my arrest, cuffs me, throws me in the back of the car and takes off. The only thing he said to her was, "Stand back mam, this man is a violent fugitive." We drove around the block and when I we got back her look of confusion was even more priceless. As I get out and say April fools and start to laugh the look she gave me could have killed kittens. Needless to say she was not happy.

Trust the Process

April 1st, 2010 at 11:20 AM ^

My fiance was texting me earlier today and said she lost her ring at work...not thinking of the date, I started to freak out a little bit. She got me pretty good on that one.

Feat of Clay

April 1st, 2010 at 12:08 PM ^

When I was applying for grad school, Penn was my first choice but I was stressed about paying for it. The secretary at work handed me a phone message saying I was supposed to call a Mr. Lyon about a scholarship. The phone number was a Pennsylvania area code, so I was really excited. I call and it's for the Philadelphia Zoo, at which point I realize it's April 1. It turns out my boyfriend at the time had left the message when he knew I would be out. It was actually kind of mean, IMO, but I'm glad it wasn't a real offer because I ended up at a better place--U-M.

When I worked in admissions at a small woman's college, I faked up some letterhead from a manufacturer of feminine hygiene products, and addressed a letter to my boss from their marketing department, seeking to buy ad space in the admissions materials. It was full of all this crap about how they had the same target audience and the great synergy between a young women going off to college and making decisions about what minipads to buy. I sent it through the postage machine so it would look legit then slipped it in with the other mail on April 1. Alas, I couldn't do the fake follow-up phone call to her because I knew I'd blow it by laughing my head off. I 'fessed up later. She sounded relieved she didn't really have to expect a call about advertising tampons to prospective students.

a non emu

April 1st, 2010 at 2:00 PM ^

My friend from work is dating this girl who also works here. She is insanely in love with this guy. So my friend, goes up to her and tells her that the company laid him off, and that he has to go back to his country (he is here on a work visa). This girl goes ballistic, storms to HR and immediately quits screaming, "I refuse to work for a company that does not recognize Mr. BF's worth!"

He hasn't mustered up the courage to tell her the truth yet.