April Fools’ Day – April 1

When that first day of April rolls around, have you ever found yourself reaching for the sugar for your morning coffee, quickly realizing the sweetener had been switched out with salt? Have you taken a bite of your beloved jelly-filled donut only to find that the gooey goodness had been replaced with mayonnaise? Then you, my friend, might have been a victim of a good old April Fools’ Day prank!

April Fools’ Day is celebrated every year on April 1, giving mischief-makers the chance to play tricks on the unsuspecting for that annual opportunity to yell “April Fools!” Though the day has many origin stories, you likely have Pope Gregory XII and the update of his Gregorian calendar to thank. In 1582, he switched the first day of the year from April 1 to January 1. Many refused to acknowledge the new start of the year, and were soon mocked and tricked for not jumping on board. Keep an eye out on this April 1 to make sure you don’t fall prey again. Even better? Turn the fool into the fooler and come up with a few sly tricks of your own.

Why We Love April Fools' Day

A. It’s an excuse to act a fool
It’s not every day you can play tricks on your friends, family, and coworkers and have a valid excuse to get away with it. April Fools’ Day is a chance for some (hopefully harmless!) fun. It’s a great opportunity to show your creative side and get a few laughs while you’re at it.

B. It gives us something to do in that no-man’s land between winter and spring
We’re almost all the way out of the low-temp woods by April 1, but we aren’t quite into all sunshiny days. April Fools’ Day is the perfect time to break up the monotony of the long season and get everyone’s endorphins (and heart rates!) up and in the mood for warmer weather.

C. Groups can get in on the fun
Looking for a good way to bond with your coworkers? Come up with a prank that involves the whole office. Or, team up with your siblings to trick your parents! The more people involved, the more believable the “fool” is!

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day

1. Plan ahead
The best tricks take some time and effort, so start early. Search online for ideas to prank your friends, and make sure to have all the supplies you need. You may even need to start the prank before April 1 to guarantee everything goes according to plan!

2. Practice your straight face
If you’re not known as a practical joker, you become the least likely suspect when the big day rolls around. No one will think you’re the culprit, which can help the joke have staying-power!

3. Give them a not-so-sweet surprise
Looking for a fun, easy prank to pull? Take the cream center out of Oreos, and replace it with toothpaste! The cookie-taster won’t suspect a thing until they bite into one and will have minty-fresh breath!

April Fools' Day - Survey Results

Additional Findings
 

 

FULL RANKING OF PRANKS AMERICANS PLAN TO PLAY ON APRIL FOOLS’ DAY
#1: Mind game prank (e.g. gradually moving someone’s desk until it’s far from its original spot) (17%)
#2: Scare tactics (e.g. rubber snake in a chair) (17%)
#3: Lying prank (e.g. saying you’re pregnant (17%)
#4: Prank phone call (13%)
#5: Food-related prank (e.g. toothpaste in an Oreo)
#6: Make it inaccessible prank (e.g. fridge taped up, phone in Jello) (11%)
#7: Elaborate, well-thought-out prank that I film on camera and post to YouTube (7%)
#8: Toilet-related prank (e.g. fake poop in coffee cup) (6%)
 

 

FULL RANKING OF PEOPLE AMERICANS PLAN TO PRANK ON APRIL FOOLS’ DAY
#1: Spouse/significant other (20%)
#2: Friend (20%)
#3: My kid(s) (15%)
#4: Co-worker (12%)
#5: Mom (9%)
#6: Boss (5%)
#7: Dad (5%)
#8: Neighbor (5%)
#9: Roommate (4%)
#10: Pet (3%)
#11: Teacher (2%)
#12: Enemy (2%)
 

 

FULL RANKING OF MOST POPULAR REACTIONS TO PRANKING
#1: Smile and say, “That was a good one” (45%)
#2: Prank them back (31%)
#3: Get mad but get over it (10%)
#4: No reaction (poker face) (7%)
#5: Quietly fume (5%)
#6: Terminate friendship and never talk to that person again (2%)

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