April Fools’ Pranks: Have Some Fun This Year With Harmless Shenanigans April Fools’ Day is a joyous time of year to let loose and have some harmless fun with all your friends and family. Even though people have been pranking each other for centuries, some of the best April Fools’ pranks are those that are simple, yet still creative and funny. Let’s take a look at some harmless April Fools’ pranks that everyone can take part in and join in the fun this year.

Introducing Pranking By Zoom

With more and more people working from home and social distancing due to the pandemic, one way to bring some harmless fun into the office without being in the same physical space is to pranking by Zoom. One popular trick is to find a virtual background for yourself with a funny photo or meme and surprise all your coworkers when you enter the virtual meeting. For example, there’s a hilarious background of a koala drinking a beer. Or imagine all your coworkers shocked to see a cartoon image of yourself as the default background on the call. Not only great for April Fools’ Day, but these harmless pranks are great all year long.

Classic April Fools’ Pranks to Play On Family and Friends

Let’s take a look at some classic April Fools’ pranks to play on your family and friends.

  1. Switched Cereal Prank: Take the cereal box from the cupboard, empty it out, and refill it with cornflakes or other cereal from a different box before placing it back on the shelf. Alternatively, you can switch the front labels of the box into different flavors.

  2. Salt and Sugar Prank: Add salt to the sugar bowl and sugar to the salt shaker before your family wakes up for breakfast. Make sure that you mark the containers for everyone’s safety.

  3. Spoof News Prank: Write a funny headline as if it were from a real news source and post it on Facebook or by email. You can also try a hoax YouTube video or an image of a fake newspaper article.

  4. Shower Prank: Place a plastic or rubber snake in the shower area of your family or friends bathroom before they wake up and use the bathroom in the morning. This is an oldie but a goodie!

  5. Alphabet Prank: For this prank, grab a small chalkboard or whiteboard and rearrange the letters in the alphabet in a funny way. For example, you can rearrange it to spell out a funny phrase like “QDFSEBIOPTX”

Let’s Play More Pranks On Technology

In addition to pranking family and friends, there are plenty of pranks that you can play on technology as well. Here are some harmless technology pranks to pull this April Fools’ Day.

  1. Desktop Prank: On Windows OS, right-click on your friend’s desktop, select ‘View’, then select ‘Large Icons’ or ‘Small Icons’ to change the size and surprise your friend or family.

  2. Mouse Prank: Reverse the direction of the mouse cursor by visiting the mouse settings. On Mac, head to System Preferences and click on Mouse. On Windows, head to Control Panel and click on Mouse.

  3. Prank a Web Browser: Change the text size in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to 300% and watch your friend freak out about the huge text!

  4. Prank Your Keyboard: Go to the Control Panel on Windows or the Keyboard Preference Panel on Mac and switch your keyboard layout from QWERTY to DVORAK and watch how confused your family and friends will be!

  5. Background Change Prank: Go to the Personalize setting and change the background for your family and friend’s computer to something unexpected. For example, you can change it to a picture of a koala drinking a beer.

Power Pranks to Play On Social Media

You can prank your friends and family on social media once April Fools’ Day arrives. Here are some prank ideas.

  1. Play Twitter Lotto: Tweet a special image or joke to followers and ask them to retweet, like, or comment the post to be eligible to win a “prize”. If a user retweets and wins, all other users become ineligible.

  2. Fake Pinterest Board: Create a fake Pinterest board filled with funny and quirky images that you can use as a background for a prank.

  3. April Fools’ Meme Chain: Get your friends together on Instagram and create an April Fools’ meme chain that can be shared among all of you.

  4. Fake Instagram Profile: Create a fake Instagram profile and start following all of your friends. Add a funny bio section and start posting humorous posts from the account.

  5. Fake Facebook Event: Create a fake event and send out invites to all of your Facebook friends. Make sure to use a funny name for the event and add a hilarious description.

Lockdown Pranks to Celebrate April Fools’ Day

Finally, let’s take a look at some pranks that you can pull while in lockdown.

  1. Rearrange the Couch Cushions: Switch the couch cushions around, adding a layer or two of funny or unexpected prints. Plus, they won’t be able to tell that you’ve done it since they’re stuck at home!

  2. Hide Common Household Objects: Hide a common household item such as a TV remote or a pair of shoes. Make sure to mark where you’ve hidden them.

  3. Home Office Prank: Switch out any office items with humorous versions you can find online. For example, your family member will be in for a surprise when they go to pick up their normal pen and find a funny one with a smiley face.

  4. Prank Phone Calls: Make funny prank phone calls to your friends and family when they’re stuck at home. Just make sure to keep it light-hearted.

  5. Kitchen Prank: Switch out the ordinary ingredients with silly versions like colored sugar or sprinkles. You’ll be sure to get a couple of laughs when they go to make themselves a snack.

April Fools’ Day is a time to let your imagination run wild, just make sure that you have your funny hat on and stay clear of hurtful pranks. Hopefully, you have a greater idea of what harmless April Fools’ Day pranks that you can pull this year. Whether it’s pranking your family and friends or playing a joke on your co-workers, it’s important to have fun while keeping safe.