Happy April Fools Day!I have had the pleasure of pulling pranks on the kids in our home for years, lol. Here are some of the best known world prank for April One:
Lol, can you imagine?
#1: The Left-Handed Whopper1998: Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, "many others requested their own 'right handed' version."
#2: Thomas Edison Ends World Hunger
In 1878, the New York Graphic announced that Thomas Edison had invented a machine that would convert dirt into cereal and water into wine. Newspapers throughout America fell for the hoax and republished the article by the end of the day.
#3: Big Ben Gets a Makeover
In 1980 the BBC reported that Big Ben was going digital in order to keep up with modern technology.
#4: The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
1957: The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."
To see the spaghetti video:
#5: The Taco Liberty Bell
1996: The Taco Bell Corporation announced it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Hundreds of outraged citizens called the National Historic Park in Philadelphia where the bell was housed to express their anger. Their nerves were only calmed when Taco Bell revealed, a few hours later, that it was all a practical joke. The best line of the day came when White House press secretary Mike McCurry was asked about the sale. Thinking on his feet, he responded that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold. It would now be known, he said, as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.
And here are some of the kid's joke's I have pulled on our little darlings:
Step 1, (I did to the kids).Serve something very strange for breakfast. Instead of cereal or eggs, place last nights leftovers from dinner on their plate, or better yet uncooked squid you plan on making in the upcoming days and watch their reaction.
Step 2, (I did this to the kids too).
If you are lucky enough to have children who pour their own cereal in the morning, replace their cereal with something strange like packing peanuts, buttons, dried macaroni or anything else that will come pouring out of the box into their bowl. Really get into it and replace the cereal in all of the boxes in the cabinet so it happens no matter which cereal they try
Step 3, (I did this one to Adler).
Type up a phony letter on your computer and pretend that you received it in the mail saying that because the school miscalculated vacation time this year - the school year ended up being two days shorter than allowed and that they will have to go to school the entire upcoming weekend. See if you can stick with the prank long enough to have them complaining to their friends before you tell them it is an April Fool's Joke
Step 4, (I did a version of this one).
While they are in school, put all of their toys and favorite items in black garbage bags and hide them away. When they come home, tell them you were on the phone when the local charity came in and when you told them to take all of the stuff out of your bedroom, they cleaned out the wrong room and you didn't realize it until it was too late.
Mix up all of their stuff. Put their toys where their clothes belong, their clothes where their toys belong. Hang a few of their toys from the ceiling and make them jump to get them.
Step 6, (I did a different version of this w Dain).
Mess with their computer. Set up a banner that goes across the screen that says "Maximum usage time on this computer has been exceeded. This computer will no longer be operable" (or will no longer work - depending on their age of understanding).
Step 7, (I placed a pic of nude women in Dain's (he was 21 yrs old) laptop. He smiled ear to ear!)
Replace their desktop photo with a big photo of mom or dad with a caption saying "We are watching you."
Step 8, (I have done, or simply turn off their mouse on the computer they use. ;-)
Take the batteries out of all the remotes for the televisions in the house. See how many times they try to get it to work or how many times they try to switch remotes before figuring it out.
Step 9, (I have done. Can't do in our current faucets).
purpletrail.com Tie a rubber band around the sink sprayer. An oldie, but a goodie. A friend of ours got us every time he left our house. Wrap a small rubber band around the handle of the sprayer on the kitchen sink and be sure the sprayer is facing front. When your child goes to turn on the water, the sprayer will shoot the water right in their face. (Just be sure to remember you did this and don't unthinkingly turn on the water yourself.)
Step 10, (We did to our current neighbors).
Place a For Sale sign on the front lawn right before they get home from school. Put a couple of empty packing boxes in the first room they will see when they walk in. Sit back and wait for the horrified expressions and questions to begin.
Step 11, (I did on Meagan, last yr).
Hide various alarm clocks around their room to go off very early. Set them in 10 minute intervals. This way they will have just enough time to get back in bed and get comfortable before another goes off. (Don't do this to children who are too young however because you do not want to scare them.)
Hee, Hee, Hee...