April Fools’ Rules
In the game of fools, you can play the fooler…or the fooled. Prepare to do some fooling or at least know what might be coming your way this April Fools’ Day.
🙃 The Fake Out
Execute this classic prank by making someone believe they’re getting something dead opposite to what they’re actually getting.
Examples include adding frosting to a cardboard box and letting people try for a slice, giving someone a ridiculous horoscope, or even asking someone to help you lift a big box filled with nothing but air.
🎈 The Invasion
To pull off this classic prank, simply fill someone’s home or workspace with items (a lot of items) they probably don’t want there.
Such items include plastic flamingos, troll dolls, balloons, or really anything you want.
🔌 The Electronic Meltdown
Unplug the coffee machine. Tape over the mouse sensor. Empty the remote of its life-giving batteries. Disrupt someone’s everyday use of essential electronics and see a range of hilarious reactions that usually don’t include calm troubleshooting.
Fool with Caution
60% of the time, humor works every time to connect people and even soothe stress, but as both comedians and scientists will tell you, a little bit of humor goes a long way, sometimes a long way in the wrong direction.
This vintage video from Wall Street Journal offers some evergreen “safety-first” tips to avoid any fool faux pas:
- Choose your “victims” mindfully. If you have any reservations about how they might take it, then just don’t fool.
- Don’t disrupt the work day.
- Consider any possible risk of inflicting physical or emotional injury.
⚠️ Brush up on your company policies, you know, just in case.