April Fools Day is the time for all our inner jokers and jesters to come out and play pranks on unwitting friends. But, believe it or not, some people don’t take too kindly to pranks. Just ask Miss April, who really doesn’t appreciate hearing “April fools!” all day long. That said, it can be hard to let April Fools Day come and go without unleashing at least one little practical joke. To respect non-prankers everywhere, I’ve scoured Pranklopedia, an encyclopedia of pranks written by Julie Winterbottom, for five of the easiest, not-mean gags around.
#1 Banana Magic
What if a banana came in slices? In this prank, our unwitting victim will find out. Straighten out a large paper clip and wash it off with dish soap and water. Grab a banana and carefully poke a hole in the peel with the paper clip about a half-inch from one of the ends. Poke the paper clip all the way through the fruit, but not out the other side of the peel, and swivel it back and forth, slicing the banana. Repeat the steps every half-inch until you have a perfectly cut fruit.
Give the banana to your victim and say something like “I’m having trouble getting this peel started, can you help me?” When they start peeling, the banana will fall to pieces in their hands!
#2 Neck Cracker
Is it time to see a chiropractor? In this prank, you can trick your friends into thinking there’s something seriously strange going on with with your neck. All you’ll need for this trick is a disposable plastic cup and a little practice. Hide the cup under your armpit and tell your victim that something is wrong with your neck. Stretch your neck to the side as your squeeze the cup with your arm, making a loud cracking noise. Watch as your friends stare in amazement at your creaky bones!
This prank might take a little bit of practice, so grab a few cups and practice by yourself until you’re ready to pull it off for your friends.
#3 Computer Desktop Confusion
Nothing’s more frustrating than a frozen computer. With this prank you can trick your victim into thinking the computer is frozen, without doing any actual harm. First you need to take a screenshot of the computer desktop. If you’re using a Mac, hold down the “Command” and “Shift” keys, then press “3”; that will save a screenshot onto the desktop. On a PC, press the “Prt Scr” (Print Screen) button, then paste the screenshot in a program like paint to save the picture.
Open up the picture and make it full-screen. When the next person comes to use the computer, they’ll see your screenshot and think the computer froze. If you want to add insult to injury, tell your victim to go cool off, then use the computer normally and put the screenshot back up when they come back. “It worked fine for me!”
#4 OJ, Oh My!
There’s nothing quite like a cold glass of orange juice in the morning. This prank is perfect for those daily OJ drinkers in your home. Get a pack of lemon gelatin mix and make it following instructions on the box, only instead of adding cold water at the end, add a cup of cold orange juice. Pour some of the gelatin into the glass your victim usually uses and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. When you get up in the morning, offer your victim a glass of OJ and hand them the gelatin instead!
#5 Water You Standing There For?
Ok, maybe this prank is a little mean. All you’ll need are two plastic cups, water, and a friend who likes a good challenge. Take the two cups of water and ask your friend to balance them on the backs of your hands. Once they’re balanced, say “Awesome! Now let’s see if you can do it!” Balance the cups on the backs of your friend’s hands but then walk away, leaving them to figure out how to get the cups off without spilling the water!
You can find plenty more pranks, some meaner than others, in Pranklopedia. We have a few copies left at the store, so come grab a copy and start planning your April Fools Day!