I said YES!!!!!!!
Had ya going there for a minute didn’t I? Man oh man how cool would that have been though?! I mean.
As you all may know, tomorrow is April 1st, aka April Fool’s Day, a widely celebrated holiday that encourages people to pull pranks on their family, friends and co-workers. However, most people are not familiar with the origin of this silly tradition.
Some claim the earliest recorded association to the holiday and all of its foolishness can be found in one of my favorite classic bits of literature thanks to my high school Brit. Lit. teacher–shout out to Mr. Masanz—Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in 1392. However, most experts credit Pope Gregory XIII, who in the 1500s gave the world the Gregorian calendar. You see, in 1562, the Gregorian calendar moved the first day of the year from April 1 to January 1. Although the New Year changed, it took a while for the word to spread and some town’s people who were unaware of the change continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1, making them the ‘April Fools’ because they were tricked by those in the know.
Over the years, this foolish holiday made its way to the USA where it became a national obsession.
Here’s a fun fat that I didn’t know: In countries like Canada, the U.K., South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, tradition dictates that tricksters are allowed to prank people before noon. Any foolishness done after 12 and the trickster is taunted and called an “April Fool.” Other countries like Italy, Japan, France, South Korea, Russia, Germany, Brazil, Ireland and the U.S. celebrate April Fools’ all day long. Huh. Who knew?
Even large companies get into the fun every once in a while. In 1998, Burger King offered “the left-handed Whopper” (point for all the lefties out there, including moi!). According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, “many others requested their own ‘right handed’ version.” HAHAHAHA! And they say left-handed people are the dummies…right… 😉
And who could forget the time in 1996 when Taco Bell took out hilarious ads in major newspapers announcing that they had just purchased the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell. Classic.
I myself have been privy to pulling my own April Fools jokes/pranks in the past. When I was in fifth grade, I brought in Oreos for my class treat. Much to my classmates dismay, I had replaced all of the delicious white, creamy filling with minty toothpaste. The look on their faces when they took a bite and realized how abnormally refreshing and Colgatey the cookies were. Priceless. At least they had good breath afterwards.
Another prank I pulled was when I was in college. I took my roommate’s deodorant, screwed it all the way to the top, skimmed it off and replaced it with a little Philly Cream Cheese. Oh yes. I went there. You can imagine how delightful my poor roomie smelled as she walked the campus that glorious April day.
Now if you’ve got a hankering to pull an epic prank on a friend or loved one tomorrow and still have no idea what to do, I am here to help you. I skimmed and searched and racked my brain for some great ideas on how you can ‘fool’ like nobody’s business!
April Fools Day Prank Ideas
That’s Not Mine: Leave a gym bag lying around the office. Since no one will know who the bag belongs to, someone will open it. Inside, leave some embarrassing items (XXXL-sized underwear, Justin Beiber fan magazines, giant tube of hemorroid cream, etc.). Include a fake ID with your victim’s name prominently displayed.
Happy Day: On the morning of April Fool’s Day, go on Facebook and change your birthday to April 1st. Wait for all your friends to wish you a Happy Birthday, then laugh hysterically!
Got Milk? If your milk comes in a cardboard container, add a few drops of food coloring. It’s harmless April Fool’s joke but the results are pretty colorful.
Spare Change: This April Fool’s practical joke is an oldie but a goodie and it still works (proof of this? I was said fingernail breaker. Multiple times.) Superglue some coins to the sidewalk or any spot that has a lot of people walking around. Make sure it’s an appropriate place, then watch people break fingernails to get the coins.
One size fits all: Stuff toilet paper or tissues or whatever into the toe part of someone’s shoes so they have trouble getting their feet in.
Who will bug out? Put a plastic or rubber roach/spider/creepy crawly thing in someones shoe and see just how loud they scream (people from space could probably hear me!)
Drawer Confusion: Rearrange your spouse’s/girlfriend’s/boyfriend’s/roommate’s/parent’s/sibling’s drawers to make them wonder if they’re still asleep.
Alarming Alarm Clock: Set someone’s alarm clock an hour early. Or set a bunch of clocks to go off at the same time, and hide them around the room for a noisy, and very annoying, wake-up call.
And I will leave you with the sweetest of all pranks…
- Hot Potato: Baked potato sundaes? Looks can be deceiving — with this trick, what appears to be a loaded baked potato is really a sweet ice cream treat!
Happy April Fooling, everybody! But remember. Play nice. It kind of takes the fun out of it when someone ends up in the ER. And let me know how it goes!
Question of the Day: What is the best prank you ever pulled? Was pulled on you?