April Fools' Day Pranks
Looking for some April Fools' prank ideas?
While April Fools' Day is celebrated in the Western part of the world on April 1, countries across the globe celebrate similar holidays. Here are some fun facts about April Fools' pranks played around the world:
In France, kids tape paper fish to their friends’ back, so April 1 is known as “April fish.”
In Scotland, the holiday lasts for two days, and tricks are played on both days.
Ancient Romans celebrated the festival of Hilaria on March 25 with games and amusements; today, March 25 is known as Roman Laughing Day.
In Iran, people play tricks on the 13th day of the Persian New Year, which falls on April 1 or 2.
Google is a big celebrator of the holiday. In 2013, they unveiled "Google Nose," calling it "the next scentsation in search." Users were advised that hey could use this search engine to find and smell various aromas throught their computer monitors.
As a prank in 2009, Expedia offered travelers a special flight to Mars. The price of the flight was $99; their website noted that the buyer would save 3 trillion dollars.
On April 1, 1957, the BBC current affairs program Panorama broadcast the spaghetti tree hoax, a three-minute false report which showed a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family “spaghetti tree.” Later, CNN called the broadcast “the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled.”
Some Prank Ideas:
- Install an air horn as a doorstop
- Hide a toy snake around the house
- Paint bar of soap with clear nail polish and leave it in the shower
- Introduce someone to a mayonnaise filled donut
- Substitute ketchup for jelly
- Cover your friend’s car with sticky notes
- Treat someone to toothpaste-filled Oreos
- Lather up your roommate’s feet with whipped cream/shaving cream in their socks