Monday, March 30, 2009

April Fools!

This is what my husband will be waking up to on April Fools Day. He'll swing open the bedroom door in a mad rush to get downstairs and head out the door to work, only to be met by doorway masked with the morning news! He'll have to burst through the newspaper in order to get out. (I hope he thinks this is as funny as I think it is... I could be really evil and leave a gap at the top and pour styrofoam peanuts in between the newspaper and closed door so that they spill all over when he opens the door, hehe!)

(This photo was taken on the outside of the room)

Here are a few other ideas:

"While You Were Out" - Leave a phone message for the victim that says that a “Mr. Lyon” called (or Mr. Behr also works), and wants to be called back. Then list the phone number of the local zoo.

Another idea is to tape magnets to the bottom of an empty coffee cup, and attach it to the top of your car. Laugh at all the people who frantically try to get your attention as you drive by.

Buy a package of “hair extensions” that match the victim’s hair. (Inexpensive ones can usually be found in the hair accessory section of a drug store or grocery store.) Snip some strands about the length of the victim's real hair and spread it around on their pillow while they are asleep. They will wake up to a real fright!

These ideas are from Family Fun Magazine:

* It's easy to get somebody to walk right into this startlingly funny doorway joke. When he does, balloons will go whirling and blurting all over the room.

To plant the prank, blow up three balloons and wind their tails together (don't knot them). Seal the tails in an entryway by placing them over the top of the door and closing it tight. When your target makes his entrance, the balloons will go flying out in front of him.

**On a few squares of toilet paper, write a goofy gag line with permanent marker, then float the paper in the toilet for the next visitor to find.

Tip: For a longer floating time, allow the paper's edges to touch the sides of the bowl.

Other prank messages:
Who goes there?
The joke's on poo!

***Conceal a dollar bill inside your toilet paper roll by unwinding it several turns, then wrapping it back up with the bill inside. Rehang the roll flap-side down as shown. When your target tugs at the tissue, the money will spill out.

****A scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt makes for convincing mashed potatoes. Set a helping on each plate and top with butterscotch or caramel sauce gravy just before serving.

*****1. Can't Un-Ziplock: Hungry April fools will be trying hard to wrestle the goods out of one of these special sandwich bags. The reason? The opening is discreetly sealed with a thin line of clear adhesive strip. To set up the prank, zip the bag closed and place a length of double-sided scrapbook tape (we used Zips Ultra Thin Clear Adhesive Lines) on one of the flaps just above the closure. Firmly press the flaps together to make them stick.

2. Wormy Apple: The creature wiggling out of this apple will make an April Fools' Day lunch both silly and sweet. Use a plastic ballpoint pen, washed and with the ink cartridge removed, to bore a hole in the fruit, then insert a gummy worm. (Don't make it the night before, or the worm may get mushy.)

3. Snack Switcheroo: The joke in this snack-sized scheme is let out of the bag as soon as your target realizes the contents don't match the label. Make the switch by carefully opening a snack bag along the top seam. Empty out the original contents and fill the bag with another edible item (we filled a cheese puff bag with baby carrots). Add a playful message such as "April Fools!," then use a strip of double-sided tape to reseal the bag along the seam.

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