Let’s go back a few hundred years to 1582, believed to be the beginning of April Fools’ Day. When the French decided to switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, changing the start of the year from April 1 to January 1, some people were a little slow to adjust and became the brunt of jokes.
April Fools’ Day has also been linked to the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere when Mother Nature often fooled people with unpredictable weather—I think we can all agree she still loves to fool us.
Over the last few centuries, April Fools’ Day has continued to gain popularity, and people go to great lengths to create elaborate hoaxes. To get ready for this April 1, here are a few easy (and harmless) tricks to pull on your kids, colleagues, or roommates.
Open the bottom of a bag of snacks, such as a bag of chips, replace the contents with a different snack, and reseal the bottom with tape.
After the kids go to bed, turn as many things upside down as you can—clocks, picture frames, chairs, tables, and more. The family will do a double- take in the morning.
Place a piece of clear tape over the television sensor or on the remote.
If you have a spray hose nozzle on your sink, take a clear rubber band and wind it around the handle. The next person to turn on the faucet will get a surprise shower.
Leave a box of doughnuts in the break room or on the kitchen counter, but first switch out the delicious, sugary treats with something else not as sweet and tasty—maybe a veggie tray.
This one is as simple as placing a piece of tape under a computer mouse (over the red light). When someone tries to move the mouse, nothing will happen.
If you’re feeling really mischievous, place a bowl full of M&Ms, Skittles, and Reece’s Pieces out for grabs, mixed together. You might never be trusted again.
Share your best April Fools’ prank in the comments below!