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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.

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We always think we know what is right and what is wrong, what's the truth and what's a lie. The reality is that most of what we know is just an opinion or a partial truth that we've filled in with our own rational (or irrational) explanation. These opinions that we pass off as 'facts' are far from it and it takes a lot of courage to look at yourself and admit you were wrong or misinformed about something. Everyone likes to pretend they're on a different level, but the truth is you're not so different from the people you disagree with. Meditate on that.

Here are a some people admitting strong opinions they no longer have, and what it took to change those views. Redditor u/segafarm asks:

What is the strongest opinion you once held but no longer hold, and what make you change your mind?

Jade-Colored Glasses

I used to think that being cynical/negative was realistic and somehow smarter than being positive. I've since realized that a "be prepared for the worst but expect the best" is far better. We can't control the outcome of anything in life. Being negative makes you miserable rather than protected from bad things happening.

nanaimo

Cant' Have A Conversation With A Parrot

I used to be a conspiracy theorist. Believed that 9/11 was committed by the US government and that we never landed on the moon.

Once I started looking outside of the echo chamber I was in and started looking at alternate explanations, theories and listening to different viewpoints I soon realized how ridiculous those notions were.

Not-A-Real-Subreddit

A Big, Mysterious Universe

I used to be a strict, hardline atheist. I was the kind of bastard that would bring the subject up for no reason, just to argue. I don't know what the hell my problem was. Now I feel like, the universe is big, I don't know what all might be out there, I don't really care. I live as if there is no afterlife, because that makes sense to me. But if you don't, and you believe in one, that's perfectly fine, and maybe you're right. Who knows?

CDC_

Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man

I used to believe anyone can be a successful artist if they just put the time and effort into it. There is no such thing as talent, only hard work.

What changed my mind: Art school. There were quite a few people that tried hard, but just weren't able to achieve professional level art.

berfica

You're Not Your Emotions

For the longest time, I thought my emotions were in a sense the most "real" part of me. I was always a very emotional person and I didn't make a real effort to control it as I thought it was a good thing, that I was just being honest with myself. Over time though, I started to become very depressed and the negative emotions just keep adding on and on. I thought "this is just how I am I guess". Unfortunately it started hurting other relationships I had, and everything changed when my girlfriend broke up with me. After a lot of reading I found that emotions are not who we are at all. They're just reactions and there's nothing that requires us to act on them or feed them. I'm learning to let it go through me instead of hanging on like I used to.

inca829

Don't Forget Big Willie Style

I used to think that hip hop was bland, repetitive, and all about clubbing and sh*t. Then one of my friends pointed me towards people like Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Nas and Run The Jewels, who all have great songs and clever lyrics, and I realized that Hip Hop is pretty great.

6quid

The A**holes Will Always Find A Way

I used to think that the catholic church was responsible for all of the hateful people in it. I gave people the chance to challenge my opinion and someone explained it very nicely to me. Basically, the hateful people use the church as an excuse, if you remove the church they will gladly find another excuse.

TianaLeFong

High Times

Giphy

I used to tell myself that I would never stop smoking weed, and that I'd be happy if my kids grew up to be pot smokers... Now I have a kid, don't smoke, and realize what an idiot I was when all I did was smoke all day. I could probably be in a much better position if I hadn't smoked all through college.

But I mean, I still think pot's okay... Just in moderation.

edgar__allan__bro

The Road Less Traveled

"All taxation is theft, man! I made my money without any help from public institutions or the infrastructure they support, I should be able to keep every last dime of it!"

Naturally that was when I was 18, living at home rent free, and working at Pizza Hut as a delivery driver who relied upon public roads for pretty much every cent I made.

ExtremelyLongButtock

All Those PSA's Didn't Do Much

The whole D.A.R.E anti-drugs. Yes crack and heroin is bad, but they over dramatized what happens when you do smaller drugs. Weed isn't even a gateway drug, alcohol is more of a gateway drug. When I saw weed for the first time I thought it was tobacco (This was after all the D.A.R.E training too). Letting the government teach you your morales and philosophy is a thing that sheep do. Don't be a sheep.

PlantTreesForToday

Where Would We Be Without The Kindness Of Strangers

I used to think people on welfare and state assistance just weren't trying hard enough. I grew up spoiled and entitled and it seemed like any kind of charity was a stigma.

Then, my husband became chronically ill, and the economy took a shit. My family has been close to homelessness more than once, and have relied on state insurance and assistance off and on throughout the past few years. There are definitely people out there who abuse the system, but some just get stuck in a horrible cycle of poverty.

I also work in a school that has a high number low income and refugee families. It has really opened my eyes to the struggles that some people face.

BuffyandtheHellcats

He's Still There For You, The Best He Can Be

I could go through life and could seek meaningful advice from my Dad who has always been there for me.

Now he has been reduced to a feeble condition, I am starting to understand I'm out there on my own, and even what he's sure of is suspect given his mental and physical facilities have been rapidly deteriorating in his late seventies. I feel horrible that I have noticed this long before he did - or at least admitted as much.

june606

Clear Your Mind

This was before I received an ADHD diagnosis. When my doctor referred me to an ADHD specialist, first of all I refused to believe him and was kind of slighted that he even suggested that I could possibly have ADHD.

I had a very strong opinion that if I get a diagnosis that I would refuse to take prescribed amphetamines because they are "bad" and "addictive" and that they would ruin my life.

Then I actually tried the prescription and it was like magic.

Xingua92

Going Through The Whole Spectrum

Used to be fairly open with my views on immigration policy. Then I worked for a while down near Corpus Christie doing immigration work. I'd say one out if every hundred people that came through our office was going to somebody who actually wanted to work and try to make a living here. So many people simply wanted to exist enough to get welfare. Many were young men who we would later defend against exportation as a result of their criminal activity. I began to despise the work of defending these men and wished they would be deported.

Now, I'm dating a foreign girl and we are in the legal immigration process. She has advanced degrees and skills, so that makes things a little easier. But it does make me resent people who just bypass the system. We can't bypass the system because I imagine my participation in immigration fraud could get me disbarred.

RogerDeanVenture



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