April Fool’s Day: Family-friendly prank ideas to try

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Most of the world is trapped indoors courtesy the panic and devastation caused by a microscopic creature, coronavirus. Never mind, you can still pull off a harmless prank and get your daily dose of laughter. You deserve that much at least on April 1.

Let’s start with the warning. Pranks should be harmless and more importantly, at this point. We are living through a major crisis that the modern world hasn’t encountered. The Maharashtra Government has issued a warning against people spreading rumours or fake messages on April 1 (April Fools’ Day). 

If anyone found guilty of such pranks and acts, cases will be registered under the Information Technology (IT) Act. The police have also delivered warnings on social media. They will monitor social media platforms to check the spread of rumours and fake messages. 

April Fool! Ever since you remember, you inevitably must have yelled after pulling a prank on someone on this day. Celebrated on April 1 every year, the day is when people practice some funny hoaxes and jokes. It is considered as one of the most light-hearted days of the year. But have you ever wondered how did this particular, prank-centric day originate, and why is it called April Fools’ Day? 

HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
There are several tales related with April Fools’ Day. The exact origins of April Fools’ Day remain unidentified, and there are many theories around. Some scholars and historians propose that it was first perceived in 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to Gregorian calendar as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. 

In the Julian Calendar, the New Year began with the spring equinox around April 1. Some people who were slow to get the news or failed to get it continued to celebrate the New Year during the last week of March through April 1. They became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.”

SAFE AND FUNNY IDEAS TO PLAY WITH FAMILY
Most of the world is trapped indoors courtesy the panic and devastation caused by a microscopic creature, coronavirus. Never mind, you can still pull off a harmless prank and get your daily dose of laughter. You deserve that much at least on April 1.

We have a list of funny and safe April Fools’ pranks that you can play at home:
Try a vegetable lollipop: Food pranks are fun and easy to carry. One can create a fake lollipop with some veggies. Just wrap broccoli or any other piece of vegetable around the lollipop stick. A sugary treat is converted into a healthy foodstuff. This one is perfect for kids.

Play with a bug prank: Cut out photos of bugs and paste them or attach them to the inside of lamps. When the lights are turned on, it will look like deadly insects are hanging out on the shades.

Toothpaste switcheroo: Surprise your family members with this funny prank. One can dump a creamy cheese in toothpaste, so when anybody goes to brush their teeth, they may found a sweet tooth! One can also try replacing the cream on biscuits with toothpaste. (Disclaimer: It comes with a highly likely chance of being thrashed)

The pillow prank: Last but not the least and the one that doesn’t ages. Remove the pillows and fill their slipcovers with some partially inflated balloons. When anybody put their head down to sleep, they’ll realise you got the blast on last April Fools to laugh!

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