We are coming up on the ultimate prankster day of April Fools, and everyone likes to get in on the action, including the hard-working folks here at FatWallet. This article will showcase some of the best April Fools pranks of all time, along with other office shenanigans, and general pranks that you may want to use this April Fools Day.
Great Pranks in History!
Pranking your kids or coworkers on April Fools day is feasible for most of us, but it is a skilled prankster who can figure out how to outwit multiple foreign countries.
On April Fool’s Day in 1905, news broke that $268,000,000 million in gold and silver had been pilfered from the U.S. Federal Treasury. The joke included elaborate schemes, government cover-ups, and daring getaways. But that isn’t the best part of this joke. The reporting here in the U.S. spread to Germany, which fell for it hook, line and sinker. From there it spread to throughout Europe, and some foreign reporting went as far as to create detailed illustrations that showed exactly how, and where it was done. So give a hand to Berliner Tageblatt for creating one of the most widespread April Fools Jokes of all time!
The reporting here in the U.S. spread to Germany, which fell for it hook, line, and sinker. From there it spread to throughout Europe. Some foreign reporting went as far as to create detailed illustrations that showed exactly how, and where it was done. Give a hand to Berliner Tageblatt for creating one of the most widespread April Fools Jokes of all time!
Here’s a prank to taco-bout!
In 1996 Taco Bell took out a full-page ad in six prominent newspapers in the U.S., followed by their own press release. In the ads and the release, Taco Bell proclaimed that to help reduce the national debt, they agreed to buy the Liberty Bell. They also stated that they would be changing it the name to the “Taco Liberty Bell.”
So many people fell for it, that phone lines were ringing off the hook. The volume of calls actually made the National Park Service hold a press conference to set the record straight. What did the White House think about it? They said they would be doing more deals like this, and were planning on selling the Lincoln Memorial to the Ford Motor Company, and would be renaming it the “Lincoln Mercury Memorial.” The US Government actually has a sense of humor, after all!
There have been countless studies on left handed people, suggesting they may be smarter, more creative, and better at processing information than right handed people. Perhaps scientists could use this next April Fools Day prank as a case study prove lefties are more gullible, too?
Not to be outdone by Taco Bell, in 1998 Burger King released the ultimate “have it your way” burger, announcing the left-handed Whopper. They claimed the condiments of the burger were shifted 180 degrees, making it ergonomically perfect for left-handed people. The joke was very successful. People waited in line order the left-handed Whopper and right-handed people also wanted to make sure they were got the correct Whopper. Congratulations are in order for taking the tried and true “left handed hammer” gag to a whole new level!
In 2014 Google’s April Fools prank was the Google+ Auto Awesome. Google said they were rolling out a new feature that would surprise you by randomly adding photobombing celebrities to the photos you uploaded to G+. To showcase Auto Awesome, on April Fools, anyone who added photos to G+ had a chance for a David Hasselhoff showing up in their photos. Users embraced the Hoff and shared their photos via the #hoffsome hashtag (which you can still see today). All in all, it was so popular that roughly 30 million photos were graced with the Hoff.
Twttr Basic Plan
“Pat, I’d like to buy another vowel.”
In 2013 Twitter said it would be rolling out a two-tiered service plan. The basic plan was dubbed “Twttr.” This is where the joke kicked in. The basic plan was hyped as a free “consonant only plan” that removed all vowels from your tweets. Twitter announced it by sending out the tweet “Trd th nw Twttr yt? Mr tm fr mr twts!” When you added the vowels back it, it read Tried the new Twttr yet? More time for more tweets. To help you with this, they even added a site that would convert your tweet to a Twttr format.
If you wanted the vowels back in your tweets, it would cause you $5 a month. They said they were doing this to not only diversify their revenue stream, but to get people talking in a more efficient form of communication. Thumbs up for Twitter getting our brains working by making them fill in the vowel blanks on tweets that day.
FatWallet and Other Office Pranks
We don’t need no stinking packing peanuts! One of our favorite pranks here at FatWallet, was a spur of the moment thing. For reasons that evade me, we had big bags of packing peanuts. We got a bit naughty one day and decided to use them. One of our coworkers had a Toyota MR2 Spyder, and just happened to leave the top down one day. When he was distracted, a couple of FatWallet developers took the bags of packing peanuts out to his car and literally filled his car up to the window.
After several trips to the dumpster, and a few hours of labor, the car was no worse for wear. It was, however, the gift that kept on giving. Even MONTHS after cleaning it out, a packing peanut would start blowing around the car while he was driving down the road.
The every popular water in the cups gag with a FatWallet twist
Everyone has seen the water in the cups gag. The one where you fill paper or foam cups full of water and place them really close to each other until you fill the space you intended. Typically it just takes a bit of time, and you can quickly knock out emptying the glasses and be back to normal.
Here at FatWallet, that’s not how we roll. When we did this prank, instead of just filling the cups full of water, we decided that it would be better if we also stapled all the cups to each other. This made it very difficult to just empty the cups quickly, as they moved and acted as one big mass.
Another oldie but a goodie office prank. Wait for someone to be gone for a few days, and then wrap their entire office or cube in aluminum foil. The FatWallet victim in this case was our systems administrator. This was, for the most part, a straightforward prank where we wrapped everything on, and around his desk. He was gone for a while, so we made sure we took our time and did it right. Every book, pencil, pen, paper clip, and coins were wrapped individually. It was so pretty, we were almost sorry it had to be taken off.
No we didn’t touch your office..
Another typical joke that office workers play on their bosses. When they go on vacation or are out for a few days, you and dedicated group of employees buy a lot of balloons. You proceed to blow them all up, and then put them all in the office or cube.
Like normal, the employees here at FatWallet take their pranks very serious. If you are going to do it, do it right! We didn’t just dump a bunch of balloons into the FatWallet founder’s office like a normal group would. We took the time do it right, and damn near filled his office (largest one in the building) to the ceiling with balloons. This was an entire office event. We all were dedicated to it, and spent hours after work to pull this off in a short period of time.
We just posted on his wall!
This, like the foil prank, is pretty straightforward. You find a great deal on post-it notes from Staples or OfficeDepot, and get your fellow co-workers to chip in. From there you proceed to cover the office in brightly colored post-it notes. Pick up a few colors to add some designs into your prank.
FatWallet hasn’t done this one (yet), but judging by the photo, they did it the FatWallet way. To do this right way, you are going to need spend your quarterly bonus for enough post it notes. You will need to cover every square inch of the desk, walls, ceiling and floor. From there you move on to the chair shelves, books on the shelves, just about anything in the room that is visible.
Holy Cheetos Batman!
I pointed this one out to my co-workers, and we feel that while it is one of the best ones we have seen, we don’t recommend doing it. The sheer amount of orange Cheetos dust would possibly stain multiple items in the cube.
This prank is basically the balloon, or packing peanut in the cubical prank, only you are using a tasty snack. The biggest issue with this is you will either need to know someone that works at the Cheetos factory, or you will need lots of friends to help you. The photo we are showing says there were 600 of what looks like 9oz bags of Cheetos. At $2.50 a bag x 600 bags = $1500.
Cleanup for this prank is much easier if you live in Colorado.
One of the best April Fools Day Jokes of all time needs no further description…