April Fools' Day. Photo: The Jakarta Post
April Fools' Day. Photo: The Jakarta Post

Forever occupied bathroom stall

There’s nothing like the classic frustration of walking into the bathroom only to see a pair of feet under the stall, preventing you from relieving yourself. Now you can make everyone feel this frustration by setting up a fake person inside the stall.

All you need is a pair of sneakers and trousers – then simply set them up on the toilet seat to give the appearance of someone in the stall. This is a great way to give yourself more time with the toilet as only you will know what it’s really vacant.

Celebrity toilet seat

One great prank that doesn’t take a lot of effort but sure strikes up the conversation is the classic celebrity toilet seat. This prank is pretty self-explanatory – sticky tape a print out of a funny celebrity face to stick under the toilet seat lid.

This allows you to have a really intense photograph of Nicolas Cage or Will Smith or whoever you want greeting people every time they take a leak. Just be careful not to use any images that might be TOO frightening.

Voice-activated technology

There’s nothing quite as funny as playing pranks on the naive new employee who’s eager to impress at any cost. Simply print out some labels saying “voice-activated” and stick them to the office and/or kitchen equipment.

You’ll know the prank is a success when you hear your victim asking a soulless object to make them some toast.

The crime scene in the office

Photo: Pinterest
Photo: Pinterest

One of my favorites! Inspirational, creative, a brief godfather reference… In other words, a masterpiece.

Stolen Identity

If you have a workplace chat system, a simple and effective prank is to "steal" someone's identity by changing your display name and picture to match theirs. The more coworkers you get to follow suit, the more effective, hilarious, and chaotic this prank becomes. Best of all, it's easy to reverse at the end of the day: Just revert back to your original display name and photo.

Water Works

Photo: hubspot
Photo: hubspot

Oh look, a budget trip to the beach. This prank gives a whole new meeting to the term, "staycation." Surprise your coworker when he/she comes back from a beach getaway with, well, another beach getaway. The downside is it'll be nothing like where they were. The upside is they won't need a towel.

Dry Board Eraser Prank

Lets start with one you can do on you teacher. Get to class early before your teacher and mess with their dry board eraser, heres how. Grab the eraser and open it. Pour some black shoe polish inside and restore it back to normal. The material inside will absorb it and here's what will happen when your teacher puts it to use. Its just fun to mess with teachers on April fools day.

Caramel Onions

When Halloween is around the corner, these caramel onions are no match for other tricks (or treats). Dip each onion in caramel -- maybe some red food coloring first, if you need to further disguise them -- and stick popsicle sticks down the center. Your colleagues won't know the difference, but they will wonder why these caramel apples are making them cry so much

Cup o' Spiders

"Hey chief, I found a spider on your desk, but don't worry, it's been handled." This prank doesn't have to have an actual spider in it -- the mystery, alone, is all you need to prank your employee.

You're Not on Mute

We've all heard the horror stories of users who thought they were on mute and went on to say something embarrassing. One prank would be to stage this situation and make your coworkers think that you think you're on mute. You could enlist someone in your household to say really embarrassing or completely outrageous, the goal being to see how long your coworkers will watch in horror before letting you know you're on mute.

Chair Scare

Similar to the Entrance Foghorn (prank #8, above), this prank will probably scare more than just the person who sits down. Of course, it'll be a lesson to anyone who, I suppose, tries to sit too low at their desk.

Powerade Chili Powder Prank

Here again youre going to need the cap from a juice carton. Basically what you're going to do is jam it inside your friends powerade bottle.

You can either leave it as is because it is hard to pop out or mess with your friend even further by adding chili powder and water inside. Put the cap on and you might actually get your friend to take a sip from it, especially if it's a dark room.

The Seedboard

Photo: hubspot
Photo: hubspot

Work with your IT department to fertilize this prank perfectly. Soon enough, its user will wonder why their keyboard is growing. We suggest targeting someone who sits close to the window -- some pranks just need some sunlight. "You said you wanted to spend more time with nature," you might say in your defense.

Substitute Worker

Sometimes, you're not sure how to ask for another day off. For those days where you simply can't come into work, but don't have the heart to call out again, the doll who looks just like you is the perfect substitute. Or, just put 'em at your colleague's desk and give them a much-needed identity crisis.

Jump Scare

One way to take the virtual background prank to another level is by impersonating a horror movie director and relying on one of the oldest scary movie tricks in the book: the unexpected jump scare. The video below walks through the steps for executing this prank successfully:

Just make sure that you know who you're presenting to. The wrong audience may not appreciate the humor in this one!

Prank people you know or know won’t mind it.

This is a pretty general statement… If a prank is moderate and decent, you can pull it off without considering your victims that much. The feeling that you crossed the line is not really a pleasant one and these situations may result in some seriously awkward atmosphere in the office.

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