April Fools Day is around the corner.
Literally, it's tomorrow.
I come from a large family which means that April Fools Day was basically the prank Olympics. No one made it out unscathed. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that I HATE PRANKS THE MOST OF ALMOST ANYTHING THAT THERE IS.
All of that said, I do think there are ways to mess with people on April Fools Day without making them feel embarrassed or causing them actual physical pain (see: every prank my brother has ever played on me in the history of time immemorial).
A great way to get people on April Fools Day? SOCIAL MEDIA.
Here are 6 April Fools Day pranks that are totally perfect to try out on your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and whatever else exists. MySpace, is that a thing still?
1. It's a boy
Want to send every single person in your life into a total downward spiral of shock, horror, and abject delight at the fact that they'll now have something sweet as hell to gossip about?
Get a photo of positive pregnancy test and share it as your own.
Wanna be a little bit more low-tech with it? Just announce there's a bun in the oven using your words. It will still have one heck of an impact.
Bonus points if you are like "I'm naming him after his father: William Bradley Pitt."
2. She said yes
You know those annoying photos that newly engaged girls post of their massive ring?
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN.
Snap a pic of yourself wearing a friend's sparkler or jus a piece of costume jewelry and coyly announce your own marriage.
This one is even better if you're dating someone and they see this pic and comment on said post. God, maybe I should do this one this year!
3. Moving on
Post a photograph of a city, town, or even country that is very, very, very effin' far from where you live.
Then, either straight up announce that you're moving, or post a subtle hint that you are getting ready to uproot your life and move on to greener pastures.
Just make sure you and your landlord aren't connected on social media because dude is going to have QUESTIONS.
4. Doctor, doctor
Ketchup. It is great for putting on burgers, french fries, and (hot take) scrambled eggs.
But did you know that if you pour it all over your hand and post a dramatically staged photograph on Instagram and add like #justcutoffmywholehandohgodthelightisdimming people all across the globe will send ambulances to your location?
Nothing says April Fools Day like making those who love you think you're in mortal peril, right?
5. The Fugitive
Okay, now this one is a classic and a favorite of mine.
Post this link in your status bar and delete the preview window:
This link will automatically send those who click it right back to their own profile page.
Now, cause as much mayhem as you want by including text like "Oh my god they finally caught that woman has been robbing local donut stands!"
Then, bless their innocent hearts, eager to see the donut bandit, they click and be presented with.....themselves.
6. Merry Unbirthday
So, this one is a little bit invasive, proceed with caution.
Many people at work leave their computers signed into Facebook. Why not use this April Fools as an opportunity to teach them just how important privacy is?
When they hop up for a bathroom break, change their social media birthday in their information to ... today!
They will be flooded with birthday wishes and confusion.
Also, they may or may not unfriend you once they learn you are to blame.
Don't say I didn't warn you...