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April Fools’ Pranks for Teachers: When Students Pull Pranks at School

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April Fools’ Day is tomorrow, but school is in session today, along with Monday. So, if you’re hoping to play some pranks on your teachers, today or Monday would be your opportunity. But, be sure to keep in mind that there may be consequences that come along with your jokes. Take into account how strict your teachers are or your school is, before you act.

Now let’s get into some ideas for your April Fools’ pranks, whether you’re a student or a teacher.


IF YOU ARE A TEACHER

– If you would like to pull a prank on your students, WeAreTeachers.com has a great idea to make your students believe you are being questioned by the FBI. Be sure to have your cell phone out where at least one or two students can read whatever name comes up. Program a friend with names like “Detective Peterson” or “FBI”. Have that friend call you and act suspicious as you rush to the corner of the room. Say things that make you sound like you’re under investigation. Shortly after, leave the room for at least 30 seconds to let the kids stir into a little frenzy.

– A couple pranks you could pull involve class work. Surprise everyone with a fake pop quiz, with difficult or impossible questions to answer. You could also request everyone turn in an assignment that you never actually asked them to do. This will cause confusion and panic.

– If you’re a teacher who hands out candy to your school children, then this idea from Little Things, is a good one. Wrap baby carrots in tootsie roll wrappers or other vegetables in lollipop wrappers.

– At the beginning of class, assign an insane amount of homework that would be nearly impossible for your students to complete by next class. Let them stew for the rest of the class and then let them in on the joke.


IF YOU ARE A STUDENT

– Before your teacher gets in the room or if your teacher leaves for a moment, turn all the desks around to face the back of the room and then go about your work like usual. If you want to get extra creative, move the teacher’s desk to the back of the room as well so that it still faces the students’ desks.

– Never underestimate the power of classics like fake bugs, a whoopie cushion or a fake secret admirer note.

– You could take something that your teacher needs in order to teach the class and have a scavenger hunt for them to find it.


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WATCH: Amazon Introduces Echo ‘Petlexa’ In April Fools’ Day Joke

Amazon is at the cutting edge of technology.

So much so, that the company is releasing “Petlexa,” powered by Amazon Echo. The electronic personal assistant is now able to respond to the voice commands of any of your pets.

That is, if only it were true. The release by Amazon on March 31 seems to be an elaborate hoax as part of April Fools’ Day.

Watch a full video of the Amazon Echo with “Petlexa” commercial in the video above.

Amazon says that the “Petlexa” feature allows dogs, cats and other animals to communicate with Alexa, the voice behind the Echo, just like humans do. Amazon laid out the product’s description in an email to customers.

The new feature, if it weren’t a joke, would allow pets to ask Alexa to order food in orders from Amazon and also activate smart home enabled toys, including their favorite musical playlist.

While the newest feature from Amazon may be a hoax, the increasing sales of its Echo certainly are not.

A report in January from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimated that over 8.2 million customers own an Amazon Echo device. The product was released to Amazon Prime members in 2014, and then became publicly available in summer 2015.

That growth is 60 percent more from the Echo’s November 2016 numbers, which said that 5.1 million customers own the device.

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April Fools’ Day 2017: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

U.S. President Barack Obama winks as he tells a joke about his place of birth during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2012. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Today is April 1 which means it’s April Fools’ Day, sometimes incorrectly written as April Fool’s Day. On this day, people play practical jokes on each other and spread hoaxes. The day is not an official holiday but is celebrated in a majority of the western world, where it has its origins in a variety of Christian and non-Christian traditions. According to the Huffington Post, “Some argue that April Fools’ Day is a remnant of early ‘renewal festivals,’ which typically marked the end of winter and the start of spring.”

The first day of spring for 2017 was March 20.

Learn more about the origins and history of April Fools’ Day below!


1. It Has Roots in Paganism

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Re-enactors from the Roman Deva Victrix 20th Legion parade through the city of Chester as they celebrate the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia on December 15, 2016 in Chester, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

As suggested earlier, April Fools’ is possibly a remnant of early “renewal festivals” celebrated by pagans. Sizdah Bedar is the oldest prank-tradition still practiced today. The holiday comes from Iran and can be dated to at least 536 B.C., according to The Express Tribune. It marks the last day of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which is celebrated on the spring equinox. Sizdah Bedar means “Lie of the Thirteen” since it comes about thirteen days after the initial Nowruz celebration. Even back then, the number thirteen had superstitious connotations.

Another likely origin for April Fools’ Day is Saturnalia, which ancient Romans celebrated in hopes that Saturn would bring back the light and warmth of summer.

Saturnalia was a rowdy holiday that ran from December 17 to December 25. During this time Roman courts were closed and people couldn’t get in trouble for damaging property, hurting other people, or rape. According to History Today, during Saturnalia, Roman community leaders would pick one individual as “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” This unfortunate individual, man or woman, would be forced to indulge in orgies of food and sex throughout the holiday week, then on December 25 would be brutally murdered by the authorities as a representation of vanquishing evil.

Another aspect of Saturnalia included “role reversal,” where servants would be served by their masters throughout the holiday.

However, while the customs of Saturnalia might have laid the groundwork for modern April Fools’ Day (as well as Mardi Gras), April Fools’ Day also fits within the timeline of the Hilaria, the ancient Roman religious festivals celebrated on the March equinox to honor Cybele, the mother goddess, and her son/lover, Attis. Attis committed suicide by castrating himself right before his wedding to someone else. Cybele wanted to honor Attis’ life by ensuring that his corpse would never rot or decay. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Attis was fundamentally a vegetation god, and in his self-mutilation, death, and resurrection he represents the fruits of the earth, which die in winter only to rise again in the spring.”

According to the New Historian, the Hilaria “contained hints of the rituals associated with modern April Fools’ – practical jokes and fancy dress.”


2. It May Have Also Been Influenced by Christianity’s ‘Feast of Fools’

At the beginning of Victor Hugo’s classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the characters are participating in a debauchery-filled festival known as “The Feast of Fools.” During this time, the hunchback Quasimodo is crowned the “Pope of Fools,” similar to the Saturnalian “Lord of Misrule.”

The Feast of Fools was a feast day first celebrated by the clergy in Europe in the early Middle Ages. It began in northern France but later spread to the majority of Europe. Its original date of celebration was the Feast of the Circumcision on January 1, which marked the circumcision of Jesus. During this time, role reversal was also practiced to mimic Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in John 13:1-17.

The Feast of Fools continued to grow in its rowdiness until it was banned by the Council of Basel in 1431, however it continued to be celebrated at some levels in France as late as 1644.


3. April 1 Is Believe to Have Been First Associated With Foolishness in 1392

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The knight and squire from the Ellesmere manuscript, an early 15th century manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Geoffrey Chaucer, author of the 1392 story collection The Canterbury Tales, perhaps wrote the first recorded association between April 1 and foolishness. However, he did not use the term “April Fools” and his writing is open to interpretation.

The April Fools text comes from The Nun’s Priest’s Tale, which tells the story of a rooster outwitting a fox. The possible reference to April Fools’ Day comes in the middle of the story, where Chaucer writes:

When that the monthe in which the world bigan
That highte March, whan God first maked man,
Was complet, and passed were also
Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two

According to Hoaxes.org:

One way of reading this (and, as we shall see, not the only possible way) is that it’s a roundabout, repetitive way of saying the story takes place on April 1, because this is the day you arrive at a) when March is complete, and b) when 32 days (thritty days and two) have passed since March began (i.e., April 1 = March 32). However, it’s also possible these lines indicate a date of April 2. After all, if 32 days have passed since March began, that would land us on the 2nd, not the 1st. The precise meaning is ambiguous.

Since the story is about a rooster tricking a fox out of becoming his meal, Chaucer experts have argued that the author specified April 1 since it is associated with foolishness. However, this may just be a modern people projecting the current zeitgeist onto the past.


4. New Year’s Used to be Celebrated in the Spring

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Confetti floats through the air as the new year is rung in in Times Square on January 1, 2016 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

It wasn’t until the 16th century that Europe celebrated the New Year on January 1. New Year’s Day used to be April 1. Even the name “April” reflects this, which comes from the Latin “Aperire” or “opening.” However, in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered the creation of a new calendar, which we still use today. The Gregorian calendar replaced the old Julian calendar and moved the New Year to January 1.

According to The Tribune Express, “Most people refused to make the shift and continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1 with a bit of fun to demonstrate their indifference.”


5. Western Countries Each Have Their Own Prank Styles

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Co-creators Jimmy Kimmel, on right, and Adam Carolla at the premiere of Comedy Central’s series Crank Yankers in New York City. 5/29/02 (Scott Gries/ImageDirect

While April Fools’ is celebrated by a majority of the western world, each country has its on variance and rules on how pranks should be played.

In the United Kingdom, pranks can only be played until midday, reports the Independent. They write, “The source of Britain’s deadline might be the 17th century’s well-named Shig-Shag day, when celebrants put oak sprigs in their hats to show loyalty to the monarchy, in reference to Charles II’s hiding in an oak tree. Those who failed to observe the custom could only be ridiculed until midday.”

In Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, the day is known as “April Fish” or poissons d’avril. This stems from their tradition of trying to attach a paper fish to a victim’s back without being noticed.

In the U.S., pranks are widespread, from simple office pranks to Google’s “self-driving bike,” announced on April 1, 2016.

Happy April Fools’!

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Star Wars April Fools’ Day 2017: All The Best Funny Memes & Jokes


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Star Wars April Fools' Day, Star Wars memes, Star Wars April Fools' Day 2017, Star Wars Prequel Memes
Star Wars April Fools' Day, Star Wars memes, Star Wars April Fools' Day 2017, Star Wars Prequel Memes
Star Wars April Fools' Day, Star Wars memes, Star Wars April Fools' Day 2017, Star Wars Prequel Memes
Star Wars April Fools' Day, Star Wars memes, Star Wars April Fools' Day 2017, Star Wars Prequel Memes
Star Wars April Fools' Day, Star Wars memes, Star Wars April Fools' Day 2017, Star Wars Prequel Memes
Star Wars April Fools' Day, Star Wars memes, Star Wars April Fools' Day 2017, Star Wars Prequel Memes
Star Wars April Fools' Day, Star Wars memes, Star Wars April Fools' Day 2017, Star Wars Prequel Memes
Star Wars April Fools' Day, Star Wars memes, Star Wars April Fools' Day 2017, Star Wars Prequel Memes

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April Fools’ Day 2017 Tricks: Kids Prank Parents & Parents Prank Kids

April Fools’ Day 2017 is here and it’s time for the pranks to get started. For those of you parents out there looking to pull some tricks on your kids, we’ve got a list of ideas. Or, if YOU are the kid, we’ve got a list of pranks you can play on your mom and dad. Check out both lists below.

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FOR PARENTS TO PLAY ON KIDS

– While your kid is sleeping and out like a light, put an embarrassing temporary tattoo on them. If they are a deep sleeper, this is a perfect prank for them. If you can find an “I love Justin Bieber” temporary tattoo to put on your son, you’re golden.

– If you are really looking for some revenge, you could sit your kids down and pretend your splitting up … They may need therapy after this trick though … Use your powers wisely.

– Put a straw in a cup with some jello that needs to set. Let it set overnight in the fridge and pretend it’s juice in the morning. Watch your kid struggle as they try to suck the juice out of their straw.

– Take a bunch of oreos and replace the cream with Colgate all-white toothpaste. Pack the oreos in your kids lunch or give them to your kids as a snack so you can watch the disgust.


FOR KIDS TO PLAY ON PARENTS

– Change your parents’ clocks or reset the alarm on their phones. If they have a really important appointment today, you should probably set the alarm for extra early rather than late.

– If your parents like sugar in their coffee, swap the sugar for salt. Yuck.

– Get a fake tattoo and make it look real. If your parents are anti-tattoos or very strict with you, they should definitely flip out. You could also do a fake nose or belly button piercing. Those are easy.

– Pretend pregnancies usually work. Or, you can try out some “accidental text messages.” Send your parents a message like “I’ll try to sneak out later when my parents go to bed.” Or, you could write, “I can’t believe I got suspended. My mom is going to kill me.” Sit back and watch the craziness begin.


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April Fools’ Day 2017: Best Pranks For Friends, Boyfriends & Girlfriends

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It’s April Fools’ Day 2017 and we’ve got a bunch of ideas for you when it comes to pulling pranks on your friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands or your wife. Whether you’re at home or just online, we’ve got some jokes for you to play today. Read on below.


– “Accidentally” send the wrong text to your significant other. Let’s say you’re dating or married to a guy named George. Send George a text that says something like this: I told George I had to work later, so you can come over tonight if you want. Of course you need to set this up a little beforehand. If you’re going to go with this exact idea, then you need to tell your significant other that you can’t see them tonight because you have to work or you have some kind of plans. Later on in the day, send them this text and enjoy the chaos … Don’t let this carry on for too long though because you might end up single if they can’t take a joke or have trust issues.

– Make a fake Instagram account, online dating profile, Facebook page, etc. Use hot photos of someone “Catfish” style and then follow or “friend” a couple people you know. Whoever takes the bait will be your victim today. Let the games begin.

– Get ahold of one of your friend’s cell phones if you can. At this point you have all the power. You can choose to send out texts to random people, their parents, or their co-workers. You could also send out fake emails or even change all the names in their contacts. The more time you have with the phone the better, so try to keep your friend distracted. If you decide to change all the contact names in the phone, sometimes it’s fun to go with a theme. Make all the contact names Disney characters, celebrities, or just ridiculous words. Be creative.

– Two words: Confetti Bomb. Glitter or confetti bombs are kind of mean, so make sure the person you victimize has a sense of humor. Give a friend a sealed envelope, package, bag, whatever and make sure you overly tape it or secure it. The more forceful they have to be when they open it, the more the confetti will explode and spread.

– Just because April Fools’ Day is on a Saturday doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it on Monday at school or work. Now, you can’t get away with the same things at school that you used to be able to … So, how can you prank your teacher? First, you need a teacher with a good sense of humor or one that you have a good relationship with. You also need to keep in mind that you should not do anything destructive or do something that might get you suspended. With that said, here’s a couple ideas … Leave a fake note on the teacher’s desk that they’ve been requested to report to the assistant principal, principal or one of your school’s superiors. You could also cover the classroom in post-it notes or aluminum foil. You’ll either have to get into the classroom ahead of time or be very quick. You can also hide all the chalk or dry-erase markers.

Good luck!


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