Here are 15 ways to have some fun with your colleagues on April Fools’ Day!
Remember that doing any of the following pranks after midday is against the rules, and if you’re not sure a colleague will see the funny side, it’s probably best not to bother.
But if you want to be the number one prankster on April 1, try one of these out.
1) NO. NO. NO.
Buy Oreos for the office… they’ll LOVE you for it.
2) In other food related terror
— 953 Fresh Radio (@953FreshRadio) April 1, 2014
Or buy some nice fresh doughnuts for you lovely coworkers, but replace the custard filling with mayonaise.
3) Pure evil
Obviously DON’T do this to anybody with a heart condition.
4) Make them think their screen is cracked
Find and download a reasonably high-resolution image of a cracked screen. Searching on Google images should give you lots of options, or you could just use the one here. Set the image as a screensaver on their computer, making sure it is set to activate after a short amount of time (30 seconds or so). If you colleague uses a desktop computer rather than a laptop, you could make the prank more convincing by unplugging their keyboard and mouse.
5) Hide a dictaphone playing a repetitive sound somewhere in the office
This one is fairly self-explanatory. Make a long recording of some kind of repetitive sound played on a loop on your computer. Clicking, beeping, whirring and whistling all work great. Set the dictaphone playing and then hide it at the back of a drawer, behind a filing cabinet or somewhere else tricky to find. Watch your colleagues slowly lose their minds as they struggle to locate the source of the noise.
6) Or… “Drink, feck, girls”
Change their text alert to a 10 second long clip of Father Jack from Father Ted, and then text them every 10 seconds for around a minute or two when you know they are in a public place.
7) Replace the handwash with lube
8) Pure genius
— Warrior Football (@WARRIOR_FTBL) April 1, 2014
9) Automatically replace words in their documents with hilarious substitutions
This works in either Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
If you’re using Google Docs:
Go to tools → preferences. Replace some of your colleague’s commonly used words with some ‘interesting’ substitutions.
In Microsoft Word:
Go to tools → AutoCorrect options. Do exactly the same thing.
Watch your colleague tear their hair out trying to type the words they actually want.
10) (Temporarily) render their mouse unworkable
This one is deviously simple.
Just stick a little bit of tape over the laser on the bottom of the mouse and it will stop working. Most people won’t think to turn it upside down and look for a good long while.
11) Put their stapler inside of a jelly
Well, it was funny when it happened in The Office…
12) Phone cruelty
Take a screen shot on their phone of their homepage, then remove all of the apps from their homepage and set the screenshot as the background.
They’ll be trying to click on their messages icon or their Facebook icon in order to open the apps, without realising that it’s actually just a picture.
13) This cruel prank from readers Daz and Ali
In their words:
This is a joint effort from me (Daz) and Ali that we played on Liam one of our best mates.
We both worked together years ago and came up with the idea of printing out a letter to Liam, from the CSA, stating that a girl had applied for a child maintenance case against him, and that up to that point, he owed arrears of £3,500.
It’s also my birthday on the 1st April, so I had the day offer work and took the letter with me the day before and posted it into Liam’s house on the 1st April so the letter would be there for him when he got back from work.
As it was my birthday, me and the lads were due to be in the pub, all of them aware of what we’d done. An hour or so after Liam should’ve been there he wasn’t. Turns out he was sat at home worried about this letter and completely missed the bottom part where we signed it off “Denzel Washington”.
After we’d told him what we’d done, he joined us in the pub, annoyed by the fact we’d fooled him and that the whole pub knew about it. Happy days!
14) Introducing our new favourite – “Brown Es”
— Cyerra Magers (@cmagers10) April 1, 2014
Hide some actual brownies somewhere in the work kitchen are, then send an email round saying “I cooked brownies!”, then when they get into the kitchen they’ll be able to smell brownies, but all they’ll be able to see is brown Es.
15) Finally… Simple yet effective
— Design+Build Group (@DesignBuildOKC) April 1, 2014