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.

Keep Calm, Google It

There is nothing more annoying to me right now than when someone tells me to ‘Google it.’ Let me explain why this little phrase gets on my nerves. I am not a lazy person and I use Google all the time to search for information. I like Google! I think it’s great and convenient to find everything you want on the Internet through this search engine. ‘Google it’ is even a pop culture phrase seen in movies and TV shows.

However, what really gets on under my skin is when someone is telling me about something, and I have no clue what they are talking about, and their response is to ‘Google it’. This common type of conversation usually happens through text or some sort of chat form. Let’s say a conversation went something like this:

ME: Oh, so what did you get for Xmas?

THEM: blah, blah, blah, an UP Band, blah, blah.

ME: What’s an UP Band?

THEM: Google it

ME: (a perplexed and annoyed look on the other side of the phone)

Google it? Why should I have to Google it? I may not know what ‘it’ is but if you are the one telling me about something and I ask you, then you should know, right? The best response from them should have been an easy explanation of what I asked since they obviously know. Is it just an easy way of getting out of explaining something because you assume everyone has a smart phone (which I do, but that is beside the point here) and can Google it? Why can’t you just explain what ‘it’ is since you obviously know? Why make it more complicated for the other person? Is it just plain laziness on the person’s part to not give the answer straight away or am I the lazy one for not wanting to ‘Google it’?

I wish I could say this ‘Google it’ response was coming from one individual but I’m getting it and hearing it from many people. It’s valid to ask someone to Google directions because you may not know how to get to a place or Google something when neither party knows anything about it.  However, if you know what ‘it’ is, don’t tell someone to Google it. Just explain it!

There is definitely something else I would like to respond when they tell me to Google it. But I am too nice to really say it.  Am I the only one that gets annoyed by this ‘Google it’ phrase?