Happy April Fools Day!


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The good people over at Man Crates asked me to post some classic practical joke uses for duct tape.

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Replace toilet paper with duct tape. Enjoy your flatmate’s discomfort. Becomes doubly cruel when combined with the old “slip a laxative into their drink” gag

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Duct tape all the furniture to the ceiling. Classic. Simple. Elegant
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Use clear tape to cover the keyhole.
Wait for them to pass out drunk
Wait for them to pass out drunk
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An interesting variation
For the tree hugger in your life
For the tree hugger in your life
A door, an air horn and duct tape. Guaranteed fun.
A door, an air horn and duct tape. Guaranteed fun.
Just make sure the victim has a good sense of humour ... and doesn't have a heart condition
Just make sure the victim has a good sense of humour … and doesn’t have a heart condition

For bloggers who don’t have time to do these but would still like to fool some people today, Man Crates can help you out by wrapping your blog in duct tape.

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Here are some classic April Fools Day pranks

Washing the Lions

towerceremonyIn March 1860 cards were being handed out in London offering free admittance to the Tower of London for the Annual Ceremony of Washing the Lions, in spite of the fact that there hadn’t been lions in the Tower for decades. The prank had a long pedigree and had been carried out several times before.

Edison’s Food Machine 1878edisonfood

On April 1st, 1878 the New York Graphic announced that Thomas Edison had invented a machine that could turn soil directly into cereal and water directly into wine. Newspapers across the country copied the story. One, the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, proclaimed Edion’s genius and stated that the nation should “be thankful that the genius of true benefactors of the race, like Edison, cannot now be crippled and blighted by superstition and bigotry, as it was when Galileo was forced to recant the awful heresy that two and two make four.”

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest 

On April 1st, 1957 the BBC reported on the bumper spaghetti crop of Southern Switzerland, with the authoritative voice of Richard Dimbleby – perhaps the most respected television personality at the time – informing viewers that the mild winter in the Alps “has resulted in an exceptionally heavy spaghetti crop.” This was one of the first times television had been used to fool people on April Fool’s Day. Hundreds of people telephoned the BBC to ask how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. The answer: “Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.” The hoax was thought up by Panorama cameraman Charles de Jaeger

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Flying Penguins 

In 2008 the BBC convinced viewers that a team of filmmakers at the South Pole – filming for an upcoming nature series Miracles of Evolution -had accidentally discovered a breed of flying Adelie penguin.

Mona Lisa Frowns 1990monalisa

In 1990 The Independent reported that art restorers working on Da Vinci’s famous painting discovered that underneath layers of dirt the woman was not smiling at all.

The Great Comic Strip Switch 1997switcheroo21997switcheroo3

In 1997 forty-six artists conspired to write each other’s comic strips.

The Grandstand Brawl 

The BBC once again pull a class prank on viewers, with a brawl among the crew behind presenter Des Lynam as he dead-pans “we’ll continue to do our best to cover sport in the way that you like, backed up by our highly professional team.”

Richard Branson Buys Pluto Richard Branson

Branson and his Virgin company have pulled off quite a few pranks over the years, from glass-bottomed planes to Virgin Volcanic. In 2011 Branson announced he had bought Pluto “for an undisclosed sum” and “intends to have it reinstated as a planet.”

The Left-Handed Whopper10lelucon-whopper

In 1998 Burger King ran a full-page ad announcing their new burger designed specifically “for the 1.4 million left-handed people who visit Burger King every day.” It was the same as the regular Whopper, but that it had “all condiments rotated 180 degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger.”

Bacon-Scented Cat Litter 2012baconlitter

In 2012 Fresh Step unveiled its bacon-scented cat litter: “The power of activated carbon meets the scrumptious scent of freshly cooked bacon.”

Peugeot Mood Paint 

In 2012 Peugeot fooled customers that their “psycho-chromatic coating” could “change the colour of your car to reflect how you’re feeling.”

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3 thoughts on “Happy April Fools Day!

  1. Oh, I laughed so hard on the bullhorn and door gag. Great idea. Though I think some people in my family might have a real heart attack if I tried it!

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