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Our Favorite April Fools’ Day Pranks

Looking for a great April Fools’ Day prank to pull on your office? We’ve compiled a few of our favorites that should get you inspired for tomorrow…

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Google Nose

This well designed prank by Google almost had us believe that it was the new scentsation last year, but we’ll hold off on waking up with the fresh scent of wet dog in the air.

USEFUL FOR: People who always know the latest in technology — come up with “the latest” and see who believes you.

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

An oldie but a goodie, the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest was a prank pulled by Charles de Jaeger and the BBC that convinced British viewers that spaghetti grew on trees. The thought that went into this is extensive — not only did they have to have access to the right voice for the project (the authoritative Richard Dimbleby) but they had to figure out how to hang the spaghetti! You can read the full history on the Museum of Hoxes website.

USEFUL FOR: The practical joker. Although let’s take it back a few steps — you probably don’t have the time or money to convince the nation of a bumper crop of spaghetti or pickles. Try wrapping your coworkers desk in decorative paper, convincing them you’re a vampire or stop by the thrift store for some quick impersonation materials.

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Twitter (sorry, Twttr) fooled a lot of people by suggesting they were going to start charging for their premium “Twitter” service. For people who were expecting an eventual charge for the social media network, this didn’t come as too much of a shock, but the English lit student in all of us cringed. No worries, Twitter is still free — AND includes all letters of the alphabet.

USEFUL FOR: Messing with the grant writer or grammar fiend in the office — try typing all your notes to them tomorrow in  chat speak.

Finding Treasure with Google Maps

Captain Kidd's Treasure Map

Another good one by Google, this treasure map supposedly led you to Captain Kidd’s lost treasure — but the clues really spelled out April Fools!

USEFUL FOR: Hiding all the office supplies and leading everyone on a merry chase through the building. Make sure they all stock up on coffee first, though.

The Taco Liberty Bell

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They’re just taking care of the national debt… right? In 1996 Taco Bell announced that they were going to purchase the Liberty Bell and have it split its time between Philadelphia and Taco Bell HQ in Irvine. We love the simplicity of this ad — and it’s response. Thousands of concerned citizens called in, and hundreds of print and broadcast outlets covered the story. While you probably don’t have time to take out a national ad, make sure you let the other party know about your prank. The National Park Service and the City of Philadelphia had no idea until they were bombarded with calls!

USEFUL FOR: Designers. “Submit” an ad to your company newsletter or go around and create fake memorial staircases, windows and rooms.

Glass Bottomed Plane

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The glass bottomed plane from Virgin Atlantic was kind of terrifying — and prompted questions about the logistics of its safety. Although viewing the land below you would be pretty cool…

USEFUL FOR: The person who is always trying something new. Try to convince someone you had a vastly different commute into work — a helicopter, by boat, rode a horse — and see how far you can take it!

What is your favorite April Fools’ Day Prank?

BONUS:

Everyone has gotta love Kid President.

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