Head in a Jar Prank

Pickled Head>> NEW <<

Print out a life-size color photo of a face, or a scary creature. Find a large glass jar. Cut the photo so it fits inside the jar (facing outward with the front of the photo pressed against the glass). Then add some water (if you want, laminate the photo first, or spray with waterproofing spray). Place the jar in the refrigerator. Now... just wait until your victim opens the fridge for a snack - then be ready to shout "April Fool's!"

Rubber Bands Around a Phone Prank

Bound Gag>> NEW <<

For this joke, you'll need tons of rubber bands. Put about a hundred of them around your victim's cell phone or desk phone. Then call them!

Submitted by LizzL

Toilet Monster Prank Idea

Toilet Surprise>> NEW <<

Print out a life-size face (this can be anyone-someone in your family, a monster, a celebrity, your victim, or even yourself). Attach it to the underside of the toilet seat facing up. Now close the lid to the toilet. When your victim lifts the lid, they will get a scare!

Baking Soda Donuts Prank

Donut Don'ts>> NEW <<

Make the perfect morning snack for April 1st! Buy some plain donuts. Then coat them in baking powder. Leave them out for your victim. They will look just like powdered-sugar donuts, but taste terrible!

Scary Peeper Prank

Peepers Creepers>> NEW <<

Print out a life-sized photo of a scary face. Go outside and attach it to a window or skylight (this will work best at night). Now just wait for the frightened reaction of your victim!

Submitted by Mike

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Trap Drawer

Rig a party popper to detonate when your victim opens their desk drawer. Use strong tape to attach the party popper to the inside of the desk, right above the top drawer. Close the drawer almost completely, then tape the string of the popper to the inside front of the drawer (if necessary lengthen the string slightly with another piece of string). Be sure to angle the popper so it will not explode in your victim's face.

Submitted by Office Troll Oloz1

Terrible Typo

Business Card Typo Prank Idea

This one takes a small investment, but it's worth it. Borrow one of your victim's business cards and have it duplicated, but change one small thing--the spelling of their last name, or their job title, for instance. Sneak in and replace your victim's cards with the new ones. When the time is right, casually 'notice' the mistake. Your victim will freak out thinking they've been handing out business cards with a typo on them! (Can also be done with their resume, important projects that they've already turned in, etc.)

Submitted by SuperDude32

...more practical jokes for your co-workers


Tricky Wireless Mouse Prank Idea

Crazy Cursor

Plug a wireless mouse into your victim's computer. Go to a nearby location and wiggle the mouse around. They will wonder why their computer is freaking out.

Post Its on Your Computer Prank

Virtual Post-Its

Have you ever seen the prank where you put hundreds of post-its all over someone's office? Well, you can pull a mini version of this by putting virtual post its all over someone's computer desktop! To create post-its in Windows 7, click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Sticky Notes.

...more computer pranks


Homemade Dribble Glass Prank Idea


Use a pin to make a few small holes in a plastic disposable cup. The holes should be near the top, just below the rim. Offer a drink to the victim and watch while the liquid dribbles out onto their shirt when they take a drink.

Cup of Water on Door Prank Idea

Door Ambush

This is the most classic and simple prank ever. Balance a small disposable cup of water on the top of a partially open door. Then wait for the splash!

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The Golden Rules of Pranking

Plan ahead

Don't wait until April 1st to start thinking about strategies. Early planning means you'll be ready on the big day!

Prank with love

Never pull a prank with a mean spirit in your heart. Do it to get a laugh out of someone you care about. And think twice about pranking strangers --it's generally NOT cool.

Know your victim

Pranks can have consequences--make sure to think about the outcome. After the initial surprise, will your victim's reaction be positive? A successful prank should always end with your victim laughing!

Match the prank to the person

The best April Fool's gags are carefully chosen to fit the victim's personality. For instance, a car prank is perfect for someone who is fussy about their car (but make sure you don't damage their "baby"!). Or, a computer gag will work best on someone is isn't very computer savvy. Tailor your prank for the best result.

Is it harmless? Really harmless?

Once you have your prank fully planned out, stop and think.... Is there any chance that someone could get hurt? Is there any possibility that something will get damaged? Consider all outcomes before you plot your prank!

Have the video camera ready

If you can get the moment on tape you'll be able to enjoy your prank for years to come. So break out the camera...as long as it won't raise too many suspicions!

Use your best acting skills

If you don't think you'll be able to keep a straight face, pick a prank where you'll stay hidden--or recruit a helper to be the perpetrator.

Time your reveal

Enjoy the moment, and let the prank sink in before shouting out a victorious "April Fool's!" Timing is important; you don't want to call it out too early... or too late.

If caught, be gracious

Playing pranks on April Fool's Day can be tricky--they'll have their guard up. So don't be too disappointed if you're caught in the act. You'll get 'em next time!

Be ready for retribution

Expect a payback, so watch your back!