10 Funny April Fool's Office Pranks That WON'T Get You Fired!
Let's start from the beginning. If you want to place blame on the favorite day for pranksters, you would have to go across the pond to France. And fish. WAY back in the day (in 1564), the French had a calendar reform, when they moved the start of the New Year from the end of March to January 1. The people who stubbornly refused keep up with the changing times had jokes played on them. The favorite prank of choice? The foolers would secretly stick paper fish to the foolee's backs, calling them Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish—which remains the French term for April Fools' Day. This led to their official recognition of All Fool's Day.
Fast forward to 2019. This year, April Fool's Day falls on Monday, and many around the office ranch will have a whole lot of prankin' going on. So we found some office ideas from Sarah Mannix, who works with hundreds of companies and organizations across the country. "We’ve pulled together a list of 10 'good clean fun' office pranks that won’t get you fired or otherwise outcast. Happy fooling!"
Plastic Wrapped Doorway – This can be hysterical watching a coworker bounce off! This prank is most effective in a dimly lit space to avoid glare spoiling the surprise.
Dead Mouse – Not the real kind. The computer variety. Placing a sticker on the bottom will interfere with the mouse’s ability to work. Once they finally realize why their mouse isn’t working, eventually they will look under their mouse and see the sticker or tape. (Don’t forget to write “April Fools” on it!)
Held Ransom – Swipe and hide one of your coworker’s prized possessions (their favorite coffee mug or desk ornament, perhaps?), and leave in its place an anonymous ransom note that they must pay a piece of candy for its safe return. You decide the terms…. meeting time and place, etc.
QWERTY – This April Fools computer prank really spells out the holiday! It obviously won't work with the latest touch keyboards, but for everyone else, this is an awesome idea. Since most people type on the keyboard without even glancing down at the keys, you could pop off the keys before they get to work, and rearrange the letters to say "APRIL FOOLS."
Biggest Fan On The Road – This is the next step up from #5. Buy some car markers, and decorate the unsuspecting victim’s vehicle with declarations of fanship or something equally as outrageous… I’m thinking, “JUSTIN BIEBER’S #1 FAN!” (Here's one vehicle prank I love!)
“Roaring” With Laughter – While your boss is on the phone, in a meeting or steps out, leave a message on their desk notifying them of a missed call. This phony call is from ‘Bear’ who wants to meet for lunch this week to discuss a possible partnership, and he can be reached "at this number." That number you gave belongs to the zoo. Bear at the Zoo! GOTCHA
Rubber Critter – The classics work too! Whether it’s a rubber snake, spider, mouse or other fear-inspiring critter, this prank is sure to bring about a few laughs. And if you're lucky, a scream or two.
Chair Wrap – From foil to wrapping paper to toilet paper, decide on your material of choice for this April Fools office prank. And even better if they have an additional pad to sit on. Just add Whoopie Cushion underneath.
You deserve a DOUGHNUT - Bring some white powdered doughnuts to the office, but with one additional item to place in the box. Baby powder. SWEET!
DISCLAIMER-(or some common sense rules to follow)
1. Never prank anyone you don’t get along with and/or someone you suspect might not like you.
2. Do not waste a lot of company time either setting up the prank or for the victim to clean up or recover from the prank. If the prank requires a lot of set up time, make sure to come in early or use your lunch break.
3. The trick to not getting pranked: arrive early and don’t leave your desk unattended at all throughout the day!
4. If you DO get pranked, don’t be offended! Usually people who get pranked are chosen for their good humor and likelihood to be a good sport. Try to embrace the prank, and laugh it up!