popular

Pranksters Share The Best Ways To Jumpstart An April Fool's Joke Now For Optimal Effectiveness

Yes, it's November. No, that does not mean it's too early to start planning ahead for April Fools...


u/ScrotalAttraction asked:

What long-con April Fool's joke can someone start now for optimal effectiveness 5 months from now?

Here were some of the brilliant plans.


Total Lifesaver 

I did this one maybe 10 years ago to my best friend. I am not certain if it actually qualifies as a practical joke... maybe more of a mind-f*ck.

So, my best friend is the sort of guy who when you are going to a place together, he NEEDS to drive... control issues I guess. So one night we are going to a concert, and while on the way he opens his glove-compartment to get something out and notices a little round container of "Breath Savers" breath mints. He sat there for a moment, perplexed as to whose they were and how they got there. He focused on it long enough that I found it funny and knew my plan.

Over roughly the next year and half... EVERY time I would ride with him anywhere, I would make certain I had a container of these breath mints and I would find a moment to hide them in his car. There were even times when he would just be at my house hanging out, and I would find a moment to use the bathroom, sneak out of the house, go outside and slip a container of these breath mints into his glove-box or under a seat.

He never mentioned it. I was there many times when he would discover it, and he would always have this confused look on his face, but he never suspected it was me.

After like a year and half, one time he was pumping gas while I went into the gas station to get a drink, and he came in to get something and caught me buying a pack.

It was hilarious, because he looked at the mints... looked at me and I just started laughing... he said "It was you? You son of a bitch!"

He told me he had literally gotten into arguments with his girlfriend because he was certain she was trying to send him a subtle message... he has quizzed his family and his own roommates... It just had never been in his mind it could have been me.

Probably over the year and half I probably dropped maybe 20 of these packs in his car... so the joke cost me MAYBE $30. Worth every harmless, wholesome dollar of good natured fun.

wlane13

A Move Ahead

Don't know if you can pull this off, but it was of the funnier prank stories I heard on Klick and Klack/Car Talk. Some guys worked with another guy who was obsessed with his car's gas mileage, so the coworkers slowly started adding gas to his tank without the owner knowing it, like they'd add two cups a day for a week, then the next week, they'd add three cups a day, etc. Since the guy was so obsessed, he thought his car was getting better and better gas mileage and was bragging to everyone in the office. Then the guys slowly started to reverse the process, the guy freaked out, everyone laughed.

desertsail912

Code Shift

This is only applicable for a situation in which it'll make sense, but the best long con April Fool's joke I ever witnessed was at an old job. Right around this time of year, maybe a little later, we had a transition in Management, and we were not happy about it. We essentially went from having Superman as a boss, someone who was incredibly knowledgeable and constantly willing to roll up his sleeve and help out, to the exact opposite, a person who couldn't be bothered to even do the basic functions of the job. So, one of our colleagues, who was on leave during the transition, happened to be great at doing impersonations and accents, and he had a great plan.

We all decided that the colleague in question would speak in a very thick Russian accent whenever the new boss was around, effectively making the new boss believe that he was a Russian immigrant. My colleague did an amazing job with this, basically mimicking the voice of the guy who played the Russian Cosmonaut in "Armageddon." This went on for MONTHS. The new boss thought it was the norm. It was bloody brilliant. The guy would walk in to ask for something and my colleague would drum up some brilliant ad-lib like, "Ah, it's always something! Just like in the old country!" in full Russian accent.

Finally, April 1st hit. We decided that would be the day. We waited until all of us were in the office and, as usual, the (now not so new) boss walked in to ask my colleague to round up a team to do something. Without hesitation, he switched back to his regular Brooklyn accent. I have never seen a non-Olympian jump further back than the boss did as soon as my colleague opened his mouth. It was one of the greatest long-game cons I've ever seen.

JohnBlackMusic

It's Listening

Start a discussion about tech/cell phones, slip in a rumor that everything is going to be voice activated like Siri soon. No one really doubts it.

In a few months, start a rumor like "remember when I said everything will have Siri? I heard the updates are out this spring."

Then, April 1st, come in early, print these out, and hang them over the printers.

Just in case HP isn't in your office, here's Konica, Xerox and Canon

MyNameIsRay

This Was Not A Joke

1974: Residents of Sitka, Alaska were alarmed when the long-dormant volcano neighboring them, Mount Edgecumbe, suddenly began to belch out billows of black smoke. People spilled out of their homes onto the streets to gaze up at the volcano, terrified that it was active again and might soon erupt. Luckily it turned out that man, not nature, was responsible for the smoke. A local practical joker named Porky Bickar had flown hundreds of old tires into the volcano's crater and then lit them on fire, all in a (successful) attempt to fool the city dwellers into believing that the volcano was stirring to life. According to local legend, when Mount St. Helens erupted six years later, a Sitka resident wrote to Bickar to tell him, "This time you've gone too far!"

Porky Bickar I, King of April Fool's.

Touristupdatenola

The Sound Is Coming From Inside The Chair

One day a co-worker brought in a motion activated speaker from an old spice grocery store display that would play the old spice whistle when people walked by. He wanted to prank someone in our office, but wasn't sure how yet. We decided it would be perfect for pranking our boss. So after our boss left, we attached it to the bottom of his chair pointing forward. So every once in a while when he was sitting at his desk it would pick up his leg moving and play the whistle. It wasn't every time, since it had a timer so it would only play once every 2 minutes or so.

The next day I think our boss just about pulled his hair out trying to figure out where it came from. Every time he heard it, it was impossible to tell where it was coming from because it was right next to him. And ever time he tried to replicate what he just did in order to trigger it again, the timer prevented it from giving it's location away. I think the last two hours that day we're spent digging through everything in order to find it.

grubnenah

The Paisley Effect

For the last three years, my team and I have been playing a practical joke on our manager.

Once a week, one of us has to deliver the weekly status report to a management team. Its pretty dry, lots of charts, numbers, defending of charts, defending of numbers ....

Anyway, so, whomever gets the unlucky task to deliver this pablum wears what we affectionately call "the Tie." Its a red paisley tie that kinda disappears into a jacket or blazer, and under the collar. The tie also makes a pretty decent scarf as well ...

Everybody, and I mean everybody, knows its the same tie, except our manager. Each of us drops hints about the tie during our presentation, which elicits smirks and giggles from other management team members. Words like "Red," "paisley," and "tie" are in each presentation, delivered without making too big of a deal about it. (ie: the latest trend in our analysis we started calling the Paisley Effect).

One day he will notice ...

Brock_Vond

Suddenly Tree-More

Buy a little plant potter and say you are growing a little desk tree, but don't actually plant anything in the soil. Make you water it whenever coworkers are around so they take notice of it. Make comments like, "Any day now, it'll grow, you'll see."

Of course nothing is going to grow, but that doesnt matter because as April starts nearing you go to a tree nursery and buy rising increments of some tree, maybe a Leyland cypress. Some time in March all of sudden you have a little tree growing and then you show your coworkers that you always believed it would grow.

What you start doing is sneaking in really early and replacing it with a much larger tree. Make it seem like the pots broke because the tree had a sudden growth spurt. Then by the time April 1st comes by you bring in a 5 ft tree and act completely surprised.

-eDgAR-

Infestation

So 3 years ago for April Fool's day I bought 100 $1 lawn flamingos from dollar tree and planted them all around my apartment complex starting 3 days before April Fools. The first day it was just 1. . . The second day I did a small flock in another corner and on the final day I enlisted a buddy to help me with unloading the rest under the cover of darkness.

However if I had the money to just throw away on something like this I would start now for next year. Starting tomorrow 1 new lawn flamingo per day popping up all over the complex - It's well past the point where my apartment complex mows lawns until spring so they'll stay up a pretty long time. In around February when people are getting sick of seeing the lawn flamingos I start planting lawn gnomes, moving them and adding to them each day. Eventually by march 1st I have all of the gnomes hovering over all of the flamingos and the flamingos impaled by their own sticks "dead".

egnards

Literally, It's All Greek To Me

I am bilingual but my wife speaks only English. Last year in January I started slipping in a few greek words here and there during our conversations. When she pointed them out I said "Oh sorry translation error". I very very slowly increased this as months went by. On March 31 right before we went to bed I "bumped by head" really hard on a wall. I complained about a really strong headache but then said I feel better and we went to bed. April 1st I woke up and started speaking only Greek to her pretending I forgot to speak English.

She looked at me deadpan in the eyes and said "Cut the bullsh*t" in Greek. She was on to me from day 1.

Deathowler

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Demo_arrest,_handcuffed.jpg

"It wasn't me!"

There's not much you can do when the righteous fist of the law comes down on you. Call it a mix-up, or call it a mistake, if someone's pegged you at the scene of a crime there's not much you can do but trust the justice system to prove you innocent. However, that's a gamble, and just because you've been given a "not guilty" doesn't mean the effects won't follow you for the rest of your life.

Keep reading... Show less

I'm not exactly prone to winning things - but I do have one glorious moment of winnerhood that really is all I need in life. As a child, my church would throw Halloween parties every year. One year, I was handed a raffle ticket along with my trick-or-treat candy. At the end of the night, ticket numbers were called - mine was the last one called. I still didn't know what the prize was. Once I made it up to the stage to collect it, I was presented with a box of puppies and prompty LOST MY TEN YEAR OLD MIND. I thought I was just going to cuddle them, but nope! I got to pick out my brother and I's best friend for the next decade. We named out litlte box puppy Bear not knowing he would grow up to be a massive doberman who weighed triple digits.

Keep reading... Show less

Listen to me, if you never take another piece of advice in your life, take this one: take any advice anyone gives you with a grain of salt. Yes, I'm fully aware of the irony happening in this article right now.

I've been on the receiving end of TERRIBLE advice. Example: I was explaining to an acquaintance how frustrating it can sometimes feel to be so short - not just because I can't reach things or because of my spinal pain, but because people often treat me like a child. They unintentionally treat me like I'm dumb, naive or otherwise incapable. That's when this person hatched their master criminal plot for my life.

I should just go ahead and park in handicapped spots and ignore any tickets I got for it. According to them, since I have occasional spinal problems I should probably have a tag anyway. I could just ignore tickets until I had to go to court, then show up in court and play naive and nobody would ever really punish me for it. Dude. No.

One Reddit user asked:

What's the worst piece of advice you've received?


Believe it or not, it gets worse. Here are some responses:

No Mom, No. 

Giphy

My mom told me that if I like a girl I should just follow her everywhere she went and give her gifts, like a vial of my blood (actually said that).

No mom. No.

- huazzy

Sleep.

"Never go to bed angry."

This was written in lots of wedding cards! We totally ignored this advice. Because if you're tired and getting more cranky you're more likely say something you will regret. We just sleep on it and in the morning, if its still worth discussing, you can go in with a clear head - or sometimes its not worth bringing up and you can both move on with your day.

- _northernlights

Never Trust The Roommate

Dating a girl in Uni, her roommate told me she "loves an*l, but is shy about saying it."

I learned:

A) Always discuss an*l in advance

B) Never trust the roommate

- billbapapa

No Effort Needed

To not put any effort into finding a partner. Just sit back and it will happen.

That might have worked once when people were more social and went to church regularly and things like that. Also it was common in the past for older people to make an effort to introduce single people to each other. Society just isn't like that anymore.

When I was single, my way of life put me into contact with very few people who were actually single and eligible and interested in me in return. If I hadn't put the effort in to meet someone I would have remained single.

- Waitingforadragon

Your Parents Don't Know Everything

My parents encouraged me to go to a University that costs $63,000 with no financial aid when I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. "You'll figure it out" they said. They also had me deny the federal student loans I was granted through FAFSA as it wasn't worth it.

I transferred, graduate in May, and that 1 year in school is 45% of my 4 year aggregate debt. Declared a Finance major so I can make informed decisions and not rely on their shitty advice. I'm trying to get into one of the best Macc programs in the country and that debt level is seriously inhibiting my ability to go if I get in.

Your parents don't know everything.

- kingbrownied1

Change Him

"Marrying him will make him change."

Followed by...

"Having a kid with him will make him change."

Followed by.....

"Having a second kid with him will make him change."

Followed by....

divorce papers and child support.

- ghost0427

Because Other Men...

Giphy

I was once taking my buddy's girlfriend for a walk because he asked me to keep her busy while he was at work. While we were walking, I stumbled upon an old high school classmate of mine who gave me that look of "damn, what you got there?"

I didn't pay any attention to it and just kept walking. After a while he sends me a message on my phone, asking me if that's my girlfriend. I told him she wasn't, I told him she was only my buddy's girlfriend who I was keeping busy. He told me to "steal" the girl and I obviously told him that's ridiculous and that I would never do something that disgusting.

His advice to me was: "Just do it because other men will always do it to you." The most ridiculous piece of advice I have ever had the displeasure of hearing.

- SirOberon

Just Do It Fast

I was learning to drive and kept nosing out to turn but couldn't see if a car was coming (I am turning they would be going straight). My friend that was teaching me simply said, 'Just do it fast'.

- Bodymindisoneword

Not Allowed

Both the worst and best advice... I'd just finished my first day of work for a company who'd hired me to work as a DB admin. Instead of doing anything related to the job title, they had me doing data entry all day in excel. I was alright with it, believing that it was just a temporary introduction type thing. Certainly wasn't what I wanted to do.

Brother asked, "So how was your first day?", "Eh, kind of lame. Data entry in excel is boring and I don't get anything out of it."

To which he responded, "Word of advice, you're not allowed to not like any part of your job. You can like some things more, but never dislike something."

I quit the next morning after having a complete nervous breakdown resulting from thoughts like:

"Is this what working is? What's the point of even existing if I'm not allowed to dislike (and subsequently try to avoid) jobs? Why would I ever want to go through life doing what I hate and trying to smile about it like it's alright?"

I certainly reacted more poorly to that experience than I had to any before in my life, but it made me realize that I would rather be homeless or dead than live working a job I hate for someone I've never even met in a company that doesn't care about me.

I work for myself now, and sure there are still things I have to do for my own business that I may not like... and I may not be all that successful, but everything I do now is for me. I love what I do and wouldn't trade it for any amount of financial security.

- cascade_olympus

Break Up Because You're Happy

Some of my high school friends told me to break up with my boyfriend because we didn't fight. Apparently that meant there was no passion in our relationship. We didn't fight because we discussed problems in a rational manner, rather than screaming at each other in public displays (which were common among this group of friends).

Fifteen years later, I'm happily married to said boyfriend, and haven't talked to those 'passionate' friends since high school ended.

-othybear

So what's the worst piece of advice you've ever gotten? Tell us your stories.

H/T: Reddit

I object! Where is the open bar?!

There are a few requirements that are a must at every wedding, or at least they should be a must! It's a no brainer... a couple in love, music and a cake. Seems simple enough! It's suppose to be a celebration, not a prelude to a funeral. If your guests are having to put the wedding together for you during the ceremony, or fainting from starvation, or bored out of their skulls because you've allowed family and friends to relish in their fifteen minutes of fame threw self-indulgent speeches... YOU HAVE FAILED!

Redditor u/RedxSmoke was wondering what almost brought them to an "I Object" reaction by asking... What is the worst wedding you've ever been to? What made it bad? Now toss the bouquet!

Keep reading... Show less

We should know our worth when we are working. This goes for anyplace: school, our jobs, our home life. And we know when we can stare somebody in the face when they're challenging our worth.

Keep reading... Show less