April Fools day pranks the ultimate guide

Laugh with someone, not at them. I don’t believe in malicious pranks. If you believe you could fall for a trick in a moment of credulity, then you can laugh with your mark. But follow the golden rule. If you would be upset to have that trick done to you, then don’t do it to anyone else. So with that in mind, let’s have some fun.

The voice activated computer, copier, or printer: The IT Crowd takes advantage of their boss in this video. Download these pdf signs for your office printer for an effective take at this prank. If you demonstrate the voice activated printer when nobody is looking, while simultaniously pushing the copy button, then those within earsh0t may be brave enough to try it once you are gone. Of course they didn’t see you hit the copy button.

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The video projector prank: This one is elaborate. And it is so good that it went viral on youtube. What is even better, is the creator has a video that shows you how to do a prank like it.

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The fake skunk prank: The difficult part is getting a fake skunk. If you have that the rest is easy. I found two sources with varying degrees of authenticity. I am not sure the skunk has to be totally realistic for this prank to work. But you can buy one from a magic shop or a stuffed animal site.

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The fake snake prank: There are many variations on this prank. Hiding a fake snake inside something with a string that makes it move when the hiding place is opened will cause fright…then laughter. The International Fun Shop has snakes, and many other fun props for your April Fools fun. Also try The Big Zoo.

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The confetti prank: You can create confetti with scissors and scrap paper. Some people have put it in the A/C vent of a friends car. But a Rube Goldberg design looks too good to pass up. You will need a mouse trap, an air freshener, a champagne popper, an L bracket, and a binder clip.

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The spinner hub cap: This gaudy item is not on many peoples car decoration list. And if you install a hubcap spinner on a friends car, it may be several days before they notice.

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The fake link: This one is a little complicated. Instead of explaining all the gory details, just follow this link for a video that explains all the needed steps.

The annoying hidden noise: In college, my roommate took my digital watch and set it to beep once an hour. He then hid it in the dorm room. I had no idea where that sound was coming from. And an hour was too long to wait to be on the alert. One night while sleeping, I woke up knowing exactly where my watch was hidden. I used a screwdriver to open up my oscillating fan. Hidden inside was my watch. Amazing what the sleeping mind can do. There are other devices that also work. There is the EvilTron, the electronic cricket, the Annoy-a-tron, the Annoy-a-tron 2.0the evasive beeping thing from Makezine, and the sonic grenade.

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The annoying gadget: Thinkgeek has a nice/evil collection of prank gadgets. The TV Poltergeist Phantom Prank Device, the Phantom Keystroker V2,  and the Control-a-Dog Remote Control.

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The broken LCD wallpaper: If you replace the background image of your marks computer with the broken screen image, they will think they need a new computer screen or new laptop. A search of google for broken lcd wallpaper provides many good candidates. There is also a program method that this video walks you through. Download Samurize at this link. Get a suitable broken glass photo at google.

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Package up some donut seeds: Here is the inspiration for this one.

The street performance with hidden helpers: Improv Everywhere staged a hypnotism demonstration. The person being hypnotized is in on the prank. So when the hypnotist runs off leaving the person “under hypnosis”, the crowd gets a bit upset.

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The Google Bork and other inanities: Google search can operate in languages other than english. Some of these languages aren’t exactly real. If you change the default language of search to the Muppets Swedish Chef, then results are returned in Bork bork bork. This and other great pranks are listed at pcworld.

The fake corpse: What is there to say. Almost anything you do with a fake corpse is a prank. Just don’t go to jail.

Put a friend on a magazine cover: You can do this on your own, or use a free service like MagMyPic. Have fun with the headlines. Don’t be too mean.

Shop Dropping: This was invented as a form of culture jamming. But it can be used as a prank too. The idea of shop dropping is the reverse of shop lifting. You put products in a store instead of taking them. This one is probably not legal, but is so interesting I have to list it. People are so hyper paranoid now that if you got caught, you would probably get charged with terrorism. So stick to non food items. A variation that is legal, is to print up your own labels for canned goods and sneak them into your friends pantry. Maybe try crunchy frog, or spring surpise.

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Pig Snout Mug: It doesn’t have to be a pig, although a pig snout is traditional. Print a color photo of a pig snout and tape it to the bottom of your marks coffee cup. If you plan it right with the handle, then the snout will be aligned correctly with every sip.

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The skinprint: This works better in a warmer climate than I currently have. Ads of the World showed this concept as an advertisement used by Superette of New Zealand. I think it may work better for a prank. Bare skin when left against a raised pattern will show a mark on your mark for about an hour. What the mark says is up to you. To create your imprint stamp, my thought is to try the laser cut service Cut Your Way with their thin clear acrylic. You might be able to cast several imprints stamps out of one laser cut template.

The stapler in Jello: You might have to buy your mark a new stapler when you are done. He is going to want to keep his stapler in jello as a monument to your foolery. This was famously done to Dwight in the Office. See the video. You are going to need lots of gelatin to make this work. Kazmataz has done the research, and created a great tutorial over at Instructables. Note a few drops of oil of wintergreen from the baking supply section of the grocery store can be used as a preservative.

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