Your Best April Fools’ Joke

Have you ever wrapped a toilet seat in plastic? Have you colored a jug of milk with food dye? In honor of the most mischievous day of the year yesterday, share the best April Fools' prank or joke that you ever played—or that someone played on you—in today’s Throwback Thursday.

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Karen April 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Many years ago I managed a small ladies clothing store and was working with two very fun ladies, both of them a bit older than me. It was common practice for us to try on new clothes when shipments arrived to see how they fit and what pieces looked good together. One April Fool's day, I brought in an old piece of material, and when it wasn't busy, we convinced one or our co-workers to try on some new pants. She only wore a size 4 or 6 but always complained about being big!!! Yeah right!!! Anyway, she went into the fitting room, tried on the pants and came out to show us. The pants fit perfectly, but of course, she said there tight. One co-worker said "well try and squat and see if they are still tight". When she squatted, I made one quick rip of the fabric I brought in. She was shocked and thought for sure she had ripped a brand new pair of pants. We all laughed so hard, it took us a few minutes before we could regain compurse enough to tell her (or show her) that it was a scrap piece of material and not the new pants. They were an awesome group to work with. So much fun!!!

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Bonnie April 2, 2015 at 10:18 am

I usually don't even think about pranks, but always hear about others. A good one happened in the office yesterday. Someone left a cake pan covered in foil in the kitchen with a note to help yourself. Then when you removed the foil surprise! APRIL FOOLS, nothing there!
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Bonnie C April 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

My favorite prank: In a previous position (not at Hopkins), I had a very timid co-worker who relied on detailed instructions from our division supervisor. With the support of that supervisor, I was able to play a prank on that co-worker. I almost always arrived at the office before either the co-worker or my supervisor, and took advantage of that one morning. I took paper from the recycling bins and filled red medical waste bags. Then I found some "do not cross" and "warning" yellow tape. I put the medical waste bags in his office and stretched the yellow tape across the opening to his office and closed the door. When the co-worker arrived, he was obviously upset and concerned about what might have happened in his office. He came to my desk, and I, of course, pretended I didn't know anything about it. He asked what he should do, and when I suggested calling security, he decided to wait and see what our supervisor had to say. When the supervisor got to the office, he pretended to be too busy to even come and see what was going on. Then he told my co-worker to just handle it (without telling him how). My co-worker was flustered for a few more minutes (I really only let him stew for about 30 minutes), and then was very upset with me for playing such a prank. I responded with, "I knew you wouldn't do anything until got in. You NEVER do anything unless he tells you exactly what to do." The co-worker was a little more independent after that, and had never been a true friend, but was even more cautious around me after that.

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Carol April 2, 2015 at 9:20 am

A group of us, snuck the boss's car keys out of her office and hid her car, she thought it had been stolen, but I could not contain my laughter and she caught on pretty quickly that we had pranked her. It was a great April Fools' joke, we all had a good laugh.

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