Being nice, kind an understanding towards others is important. There is simply no denying this. But every once in a while we, even as adults, like to have some fun as well. Sometimes this desires takes the most obscure of forms, even borderline offensive and cruel. Well, sometimes fun does require a grain of cruelty to spice up and the afflicted should just learn to take it, swallow it or whatever kind of submission you fancy. Here’s a list of great ways you can try and entertain yourself, not only on April the 1st but any day as long as you feel like it. At the end, you can see historical examples how famous people and corporation exercised their imagination in homes of either promotion or just sheer entertainment.
• Put firecrackers under the carpet (preferably smack fingers) when the victim walked on… Boooooom!
• Take all bottled water from home and pour sugar and salt! Then re insert and when someone wants to drink …
You can imagine the rest!
• When the victim is asleep, put fake plastic spiders on it and suddenly you scream “oh you got a spider” and you step back to show that you are afraid. You’ll see, he or she will scream! May even run away from the room. Even the house. Well, maybe not the country but who knows..
• Unplug the toaster. When your father wants to cook toast, much time will pass and much hassle will be experienced before he even realises what happened. Make sure to ever-so-slightly unplug the cable just so it appears to be in, but not quite enough.
• Take newsprint, make balls and put them with shoes after your father, your mother, or your brothers and sisters. They will feel as if their feet grew over night!
• Put a piece of tape over the phone receiver, the person will speak very loudly assuming there is a bad connection and the other one of the phone will be wondering why on earth is the first person shouting so much.
• While your brother sleeping, go quietly into his room and apply nail polish on their fingers and toes a beautiful, red fireman kind … Be careful to then hide the bottles of solvents varnish!
• Put the dye in the hand of someone sleeping then make snaps hand in the figure, ex. tickle his face. After, it will be smeared.
• Replace soap washing hands with sunflower oil. A very effective joke if you haven’t tried it.
• Put salt on the toothbrush of your parents or your siblings. They sure will know the difference once they attempt brushing their teeth. It will feel as if grains of sand have been planted in the toothpaste. Prevent them for suing that company if they accidentally get that idea in their rage.
• Put dish soap in your hand and shake hands with everyone you meet. Give them an evil stare if they try to question or object. Make them feel uncomfortable for even wanting to make a question out of this.
• Write a silly story, ridiculous on its face of course and have it read to a teacher or a (e) friend (s). At the end, write “You lost a minute of your life reading this. Rub it on their noses as much as you can while having the chance to.
• Put a whoopee cushion on the chair of your teacher (very risky) or your classmates. Laughter guaranteed! In case you feel this goes too far, might as well pull the stunt at home. Sure grandma cant notice the difference and will for this oldest prank in history.
• Glue the chalk of your teacher with glue on the edge of the. Secretly tell all your classmates to film the teacher trying to retrieve it from the desk. Then threaten to post it everywhere unless the teacher submits to your demands.
• Go to school early and put the following sign: “SCHOOL CLOSED DUE TO STRIKE.” Then go home and wait for the start of classes. You might just fool teachers to go home by looking at this one. Could be great to gauge how motivated those people really are. Sure as hell the kids would like to pick up on the sign straight away. Too much fun to attend to, you see.
• If you have a black colour phone, you can wax the part that touches the ear, so the next person speaking on the phone will have their ear painted. The good part is that they may not notice this for a long time and even go out in public like that ending up with a lot of people looking at them as if their are especially weird. Which they would be without realising.
• Take an eraser, make a small hole and put a pencil to inside. The victim wrote instead of erasing! This can work either at home or at the office if you have colleagues that can take that sort of treatment and not want to chase you down with a stack of notebooks to bash you on the head with.
• Put Vaseline on all the door handles and watch grandpa trying to get to the bathroom. Early morning when people are half asleep could possibly be the best time to pull this off. You can also secretly film the whole thing, upload it to YouTube and let them know weeks later when they are being annoying or difficult. Or alternatively, you can simply hold it away from the internet but threaten to post it there unless the person behaves. Could be especially effective against your children if they are being naughty.
• Put pepper on a towel and fold carefully. When the victim unfolds his napkin, he or she sneezes. ATCHOUM! ! ! ! A bit of a sleazy one, granted but hey, we are in it for the fun and no boundaries can hold us back in an epic crusade to see the others around us suffer… ever-so-gently.
• Hang a transparent wire to a glass. When the victim will want to drink, pull the thread so that the glass overturns on the poor victim. It might just be best to wait out until the person has made a coffee or tea and went in another room for a moment. Then you can quickly sneak in, put the wire and watch from distance for the person to return. When living with roommates or relatives, it is likely that you already know their habits and can pick the best possible moment to play this particular prank.
• Fill the seasoning bottles full of pepper and salt so that the ingredients could not come out. Then simply sit back, relax and enjoy while the next person is trying to season their meal with those bottles of pure evil. If you happen to be there at the time, use this occasion to mock them relentlessly as being clumsy and silly to the point that a seasoning bottle defeated them with ease. Pour loads of humiliation while you still can!
• Now here’s one especially for the teachers. If you have electronically submitted tests, you can say there was a PC error which has now been resolved and all tests need to be remade. Although this time around, have an especially difficult one thrown at them and when they all fail, pull back the original ones. The sheer amount of relief they will experience will soon have them forget your cunning nature.
• On the morning of April 1, at a time when we are faced with a bowl of cereal and milk coffee, open the jam jar and removals ahead, without getting noticed, put a spider or a small beast of plastic. Closes out the pot. Observe mom as she tries to put some butter and jam on a piece of bread.
Hint: do not do this prank to your grandmother if she has a heart condition!
Some great jokes were pulled of by corporations and famous people as well. Most of them took place on the notoriously celebrated 1st of April but even so enjoyed quite a bit of fooled audience at the time. Spend a few moments to have a few giggles at these historical events:
- On 1 April 1957, the respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”
- The Taco Bell Corporation took out a full-page ad that appeared in six major newspapers on 1 April 1996, announcing it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Hundreds of outraged citizens called the National Historic Park in Philadelphia where the bell was housed to express their anger. Their nerves were only calmed when Taco Bell revealed, a few hours later, that it was all a practical joke. The best line of the day came when White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale. Thinking on his feet, he responded that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold
- The 1 April 1992 broadcast of National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation revealed that Richard Nixon, in a surprise move, was running for President again. His new campaign slogan was, “I didn’t do anything wrong, and I won’t do it again.” Accompanying this announcement were audio clips of Nixon delivering his candidacy speech. Listeners responded viscerally to the announcement, flooding the show with calls expressing shock and outrage. Only during the second half of the show did the host John Hockenberry reveal that the announcement was a practical joke. Nixon’s voice was impersonated by comedian Rich Little.
- Burger King published a full page advertisement in the April 1st edition of USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a “Left-Handed Whopper” specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. 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.”
- On March 31, 1989 thousands of motorists driving on the highway outside London looked up in the air to see a glowing flying saucer descending on their city. Many of them pulled to the side of the road to watch the bizarre craft float through the air. The saucer finally landed in a field on the outskirts of London where local residents immediately called the police to warn them of an alien invasion. Soon the police arrived on the scene, and one brave officer approached the craft with his truncheon extended before him. When a door in the craft popped open, and a small, silver-suited figure emerged, the policeman ran in the opposite direction. The saucer turned out to be a hot-air balloon that had been specially built to look like a UFO by Richard Branson, the 36-year-old chairman of Virgin Records. The stunt combined his passion for ballooning with his love of pranks. His plan was to land the craft in London’s Hyde Park on April 1. Unfortunately, the wind blew him off course, and he was forced to land a day early in the wrong location.
- A message distributed to the members of Usenet (the online messaging community that was one of the first forms the internet took) on 1 April 1984 announced that the Soviet Union was joining the network. This generated enormous excitement, since most Usenet members had assumed cold war security concerns would prevent such a link-up. The message purported to come from Konstantin Chernenko (from the address chernenko@kremvax.UUCP) who explained that the Soviet Union wanted to join the network in order to “have a means of having an open discussion forum with the American and European people.” The message created a flood of responses. Two weeks later its true author, a European man named Piet Beertema, revealed it was a hoax. This is believed to be the first hoax on the internet. Six years later, when Moscow really did link up to the internet, it adopted the domain name ‘kremvax’ in honour of the hoax.
- In April 1934, many American newspapers (including The New York Times) printed a photograph of a man flying through the air by means of a device powered only by the breath from his lungs. Accompanying articles excitedly described this miraculous new invention. The man, identified as German pilot Erich Kocher, blew into a box on his chest. This activated rotors that created a powerful suction effect, lifting him aloft. Skis on his feet served as landing gear, and a tail fin allowed him to steer. What the American papers didn’t realize was that the “lung-power motor” was a joke. The photo had first appeared in the April Fool’s Day edition of the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung. It made its way to America thanks to Hearst’s International News Photo agency which not only fell for the hoax but also distributed it to all its U.S. subscribers. In the original article, the pilot’s name was spelled “Erich Koycher,” which was a pun on the German word “keuchen,” meaning to puff or wheeze.
- 1915: On April 1, 1915, in the midst of World War I, a French aviator flew over a German camp and dropped what appeared to be a huge bomb. The German soldiers immediately scattered in all directions, but no explosion followed. After some time, the soldiers crept back and gingerly approached the bomb. They discovered it was actually a large football with a note tied to it that read, “April Fool!”
- 1980: The BBC reported that Big Ben, in order to keep up with the times, was going to be given a digital readout. The announcement received a huge response from listeners shocked and angered by the proposed change. The BBC Japanese service also announced that the clock hands would be sold to the first four listeners to contact them. One Japanese seaman in the mid-Atlantic immediately radioed in a bid.
- 1973: BBC Radio broadcast an interview with an elderly academic, Dr. Clothier, who discoursed on the government’s efforts to stop the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. Dr. Clothier described some startling discoveries that had been made about the tree disease. For instance, he referred to the research of Dr. Emily Lang of the London School of Pathological and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Lang had apparently found that exposure to Dutch Elm Disease immunized people to the common cold. Unfortunately, there was a side effect. Exposure to the disease also caused red hair to turn yellow and eventually fall out. This was attributed to a similarity between the blood count of redheads and the soil conditions in which affected trees grew. Therefore, redheads were advised to stay away from forests for the foreseeable future. Dr. Clothier was in reality the comedian Spike Milligan.