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Top 12 Harmless April Fool's Pranks

April Fool's Day is just around the corner, so get prepared to pull off some fun (and harmless) pranks on your friends, family and co-workers! Some people love it and some people hate it. These are meant to be fun and light, so have some fun on April Fool's Day and enjoy a few laughs!


1. For the Techno Challenged

If you want to mess with someone’s TV or computer without doing permanent damage, then this is the prank for you!It’s all about the sensors, baby. Simply attach a tiny piece of tape over the laser sensor on the underside of their remote or mouse. This will (temporarily) block the signal. Make sure the tape is the right color—if the remote is black and you don’t have any black tape, use a sharpie to color in it—and then leave it out and wait for the confusion.


2. It's Raining Kittens!

If you can get access to a friend or coworker’s phone, simply launch the website Iphoneception on their browser. You can switch all of their app shortcuts into adorable kitty faces. This is an especially ruthless prank for somebody who isn’t a huge fan of cats.


3. Bubble Wrap Rug Dance

Measure out just enough bubble wrap to hide under the rug of a frequently sued stretch of hallway. Once somebody steps down on it, it’ll make them jump and dive for cover.


4. Tin Foil Office

This is a classic April Fools’ prank for a reason. It takes a lot of artistry to cover everything in somebody’s office with aluminum foil, and it looks really impressive when you’re finished, like you’ve turned their desk and computer and lamp into some kind of futuristic alien workstation. But it’s also easy enough to return everything back to normal after the big reveal. Don’t worry, you can recycle that aluminum foil.


5. Elvis is in The Building

Do you know someone who loves conspiracy theories? This one takes some preplanning but worth it. Tell your friend that you’re pretty sure Elvis has been stalking you. Yes, the King of Rock n’ Roll, who passed away at Graceland in 1977. Your friend will think you’re either crazy or just kidding around. Continue to confide in him that you’re almost positive it’s the real Elvis, and he’s been following you for weeks. Give it all day of April Fool’s for your paranoid ramblings to feel like old news, and then invite them to a happy hour drink. They aren’t aware that you have arranged for an a guy dressed like classic Vegas Elvis to hover nearby, watching you. “Elvis” should catch your friend’s eye first and watch their eyes pop wide open and join in your freak out!


6. Honk if you’re….

Secretly add a bumber sticker that reads: “PLEASE HONK. Driver doesn’t know. April Fool’s Day.” You’ll have to get the sticker/sign in place without the driver noticing. You may need an accomplice to keep the victim occupied while you affix the message to the back of the car. (Make sure it’s something that can be easily removed so the joke doesn’t become a permanent part of his morning commute.)


7. The Sloppy, Wet Sneeze

Fill a spray bottle with some mildly warm tap water, and wait for your moment to strike. Stand behind the victim, no more than a few feet away. Hold the spray bottle up to your face and do a fake dramatic, loud sneeze, and squeeze the spray bottle at the same time, covering the back of them with what they think is snot! Apologize profusely and go along with it for a few seconds before finally revealing the truth!


8. Push it Real Good

Find a door that can only be opened by pulling it, then add an official looking sign to the door that reads “PUSH ONLY PLEASE.” You’ll be surprised how many people keep pushing despite the repeated evidence that it’s just not working. There’s a theory behind this human behavior, which is why it will always work. You’ll have to decide how long to let them struggle before reminding them about April Fools.


9. Ceiling Fan Confetti Trick

Get some paper and cut it up into hundreds of tiny confetti pieces. Carefully place them on top of a ceiling fan—make sure the fan is off, obviously, and that nobody will walk in and catch you in the act—and then stealthy leave as if nothing has changed. Wait for your unsuspecting mark to walk in and flip on the ceiling fan, and then wonder why he’s being showered with confetti like it just struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.



10. Balloon Room Drama

This is where you fill every square inch of your victim’s office/room. It will be impossible for them to enter without popping balloons. You’ll need to use different size balloons to fill in the spaces. The number of balloons needed depends on the size of their office, and the size of balloons you’re using. You can also pull this prank if you have access to their car.


11. Flipping the Screen

This is so simple and it will freak people out, especially if they are techno challenged. All you have to do is get access to their computer, wait till they’re away from the computer and hit Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow. It instantly flips everything on their PC screen so it’s upside down. (Don’t worry, it’s just as easy to reverse. Just hit Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow.) For a Mac, go to their System Preferences, open the Displays option and click on the “Rotate” menu.


12. Possessed Television

You can buy a universal remote and get it synced to your TV. Your friends or family who are watching TV will think they have control with the regular remote. But you’ll be hiding and pointing your universal remote towards the screen. You can hide out of site but within striking distance. When there is a tense moment in the show they are watching, suddenly switch to the Home Shopping Network. They will switch it back, and then do it again. They will be totally baffled that the TV has a mind of its own! This is one you’ll want to practice to be sure you can pull it off.




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