The first day of April is celebrated as the “fool’s day”, where people from all over the world unite to play pranks on each other. Research about the origin of April Fool’s Day has proved to be futile, as everyone seemed to have different stories, and it wasn’t easy to segregate the real story from the hoax prank one.
Here are 7 classic, but possibly forgotten tricks that you can still use to save April fool’s day
1. The Money Grabber
Tape a currency note or coin on to the ground. Tying it on a string may not be subtle enough. For best effect, tape this in the middle of a road, to expose the ugliest side of your friends’ greed!
Nature of victim: Classy and sophisticated (Or Gujju!).
2. The Wake Up Call
Put some toothpaste on the victim’s hands, and then gently stroke their nose. Watch in glee as they voluntarily spoil their face, without you getting your hands dirty!
Nature of victim: Pretty and vain.
3. The Times-are-a-Changin’
On a week day, change all your victim’s clocks, and even the time on their phone. Set it to four hours earlier, and watch in amazement as they react to getting late.
Nature of victim: Well-behaved and punctual.
4. The Ross
Shade the edges of a coin with the pencil, and ask people to roll it over their nose.
Nature of victim: Fan of Friends!
5. The Instant Break Up
Be a gentleman/feminist, and pull the chair out for your partner, asking them to sit. When they start sitting, pull the chair away from them as they fall on the floor.
Nature of victim: A soon-to-be ex.
6. The Juvenile Flick
Tell your “victim” that there’s something on their shoulder, and when they look, gently flick their nose.
Nature of victim: Under 7 or above 70 years old.
7. The Anti-Prank
Mention April 1st, and build environments similar to the ones surrounding pranks. Enjoy as they freak out and try to sniff out pranks in everyday situations, when there isn’t a prank on at all! Example: Give them a dish they love that you’ve prepared and say “Eat…go ahead”, and if they refuse, finish it yourself.
Nature of victim: Too smart too fall for other pranks.
With the advent of technology and social media, April fool’s day pranks that were slowly dying out, can rise to power again. With concepts like the Ice bucket challenge going viral, I’m sure the world (and indeed, the internet) could use some classic tomfoolery that exploits their friends’ gullibility, films it live and exposes it to the public.