April Fools’ Day pranks to pull

A few years ago, a former co-worker and I played a joke on a co-worker who used to park all the time on the handicap parking space at the office. This co-worker wasn’t handicapped but felt entitled to park there since it was an open space and no one ever parked there. So we looked up the city’s logo and ticketing information and printed a fake ticket and stuck on his windshield wiper. Somehow our co-worker found out it was fake and turned the joke around on us by pretending he was furious that someone had reported him to the police and now he had a $400 ticket to pay and was not happy about it. Of course we felt bad, and came clean. But in honor of April Fools’ Day, I have compiled a list from the internet of some fun pranks to pull and some of the best pranks pulled by the media.

Pranks to pull:

  • If you have children, wait until they are fast asleep to pull the old switcheroo! Switch them to different beds while they are sleeping.
  • Get the ugliest most disgusting temporary tattoo and wear it proudly to work.
  • Fake Parking Tickets – Print out this printable parking citation and leave on an unsuspecting friend’s vehicle and follow it up with a fake delinquent notice.
  • Change the cell phone language from English to another language. Just make sure you are able to change it back to the proper setting!
  • Swap the signs on the men’s and ladies’ rest rooms.
  • Hide all of the desktop icons on someone’s computer and replace the monitor’s wallpaper with a screen-shot of their desktop.
  • Leave cryptic notes warning someone of an impending prank then do nothing all day.
  • Place a small piece of Post-it note over the ball under someone’s computer mouse so that it won’t work.

Here are some pranks pulled by some corporations:

  • In 1957, Richard Dimbleby lent his voice to a BBC Panorama program about how Swiss farmers were struggling to cope with “an exceptionally heavy spaghetti crop”. The director-general of the BBC, Ian Jacob, admitted to being fooled himself, looking up “spaghetti” in his encyclopaedia.
  • In 1989, entrepreneur Richard Branson planned an audacious hoax to generate publicity for his new airline. He took to the skies in a hot air balloon shaped like a UFO, aiming to land in Hyde Park in London on 1 April. Unfortunately, the balloon was blown off course, and ended up touching down in a field in Surrey. Still, the hoax fooled some motorists who made emergency calls to the police to report sightings of an alien spaceship.
  • Google told the world it had launched a new product called Google Nose last year, complete with its own “aromabase”, using the tag line “smelling is believing”.
  • In 2012, YouTube announced it was putting every video ever uploaded onto DVDs, which would initially be delivered in 175 trucks — pack mule for users who live in rural areas. To make a comment, users would have to complete a paper form and mail it to the video creator directly. See the video above.
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