With April fast approaching, April Fools Day is almost upon us. April Fools Day, a day for practical jokes and pranks, has been around for centuries. According to History.com, “Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.”
It later continues, “People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.”
There are many ideas for fun, harmless pranks that give everyone a laugh on April Fools Day. One Snow College student Danielle Hess says, “One year in Jr. High, my teacher started wearing an engagement ring a few weeks before April 1st. On April 1st she brought a legit wedding announcement with pictures of her and this boy.”
Hess continues, “We were all so excited! On the back where it had the dates and information, it said they were getting married April 1st and then it said April Fools on the bottom. We were all so convinced and couldn’t believe it. I think pranks that begin a little bit before April fools give a fun twist to the day.”
One doesn’t have to fake an engagement to pull an April Fools prank. Instead, try pranking your roommates by taping a note by an upside down cup saying there is a huge bug inside. Or put sticky notes all over a friend’s car and see their reaction.
When students plan pranks on their friends or roommates, they should make sure that it isn’t harmful or hurtful in order to make this April Fools Day as fun as possible.