Hey everyone! I hope you all are managing to stay safe, healthy, and somewhat sane during this quarantine. :)
In case you’ve lost track of the days (like me XD), April Fools Day was last… Wednesday? Yes, last Wednesday (I think). With everything that’s going on in the world right now, I hadn’t put much thought into pulling any pranks until I happened to glance at my calendar to see that April 1st was, in fact, the very next day. So, with less than 24 hours to brainstorm, design, and execute some sort of “plan,” I re-visited my April Fools post from last year, and then hopped over to Pinterest for some other ideas. I managed to scrape a few things together just in time, and did what I could with my limited resources and 15 minutes of planning. So, without further ado, here are my okay-ish 2020 April Fools Pranks, Quarantine Edition. :)
Toilet Paper Yarn a Bedroom
Last year, I toilet-papered my brother’s bedroom after he had fallen asleep on the eve of this *cough* glorious holiday. However, considering the, um, sanctity of toilet paper at the moment, I decided against repeating this antic. So, after what felt like 5 minutes of thinking (but was probably only 5 seconds), it donned on me. “What about yarn?” I thought to myself. “I mean, yarn isn’t near as essential as toilet paper, and I can always re-use it later! I am a GENIUS!”
I quickly grabbed a skein of black yarn from my stash (which I do not need to disclose the size of),
and began to wait.
Now, a few things need explaining here before I continue. 1) It was around midnight when we went to bed – we had stayed up watching a movie that night, so I was starting to get kinda tired. 2) My brother and I share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom (which essentially means our rooms are connected), so when one of us has our lights on, the other can easily see from their room.
Since it was getting pretty late, I had to turn my lights off so my brother wouldn’t see and become suspicious. Having nothing better to do, I sat down on my bed and decided to listen to an audio book for about 20 minutes, then check to see if he was asleep so I could begin my yarning.
Haha, well, long story short –
I FELL ASLEEP
You have no idea how fast I leaped out of bed at 8:45 the next morning – the panic was real. I quietly rushed (yes, that’s possible), into my brother’s room, hoping that he was still asleep. Seeing that he was, I soon set to work spinning a black web of yarn all over his room. I went this way and that way, making sure to be extra careful and to not trip over my quickly crafted masterpiece. There were a few times where I almost came crashing down on top of the web, but I was able to catch myself and admire my skill as I continued to work. My brother slept soundly only a few feet away the entire time.
Tremendously pleased with my cunning, I tied off the last strand of yarn on the doorknob of my escape route. As I was raising the scissors to snip the yarn and then high-tail it outta there, I glanced up at my brother’s sleeping face on his pil-
HIS EYES ARE NOT CLOSED.
HE’S STARING RIGHT AT ME.
THE TRICK IS RUINNEDDDDDDDD
ALL THAT WORK FOR NOTHINGGGGGG
Words cannot describe how fast my heart sank in that moment. When I saw his blue eyes open and staring at me, I sheepishly said “um, good morning!” shot him a nervous grin, hastily cut the yarn, and got. out. of. there.
I scurried back to my room, only to return momentarily to a call of “MEREDITH!! Come help me clean this up!”
O_o Welp, so much for that trick. Heh.
Nicolas Cage / Shrek
Unfortunately, that was the only prank I had planned for my brother. We did, however, have a few little gags set up to await the rest of my family the next morning. ;)
^^Pretty self-explanatory – just print some goofy/slightly disturbing images off the internet, cut them out, and place them in some unexpected places where your victims will be sure to find them. We placed ours inside a commonly opened cabinet door, in the pantry, and inside a wreath in our living room. When asked about it later, my Mom said (in reference to the Nicolas Cages): “It didn’t scare me, but it did catch me off guard.” She thought they were funny. My Dad, however, was not amused. XD
Again – pretty self-explanatory. Just print some photos of random (or not-so-random) people off the internet, and put them in place of framed photos around your house. Again, my Mom thought this was funny, but my Dad just didn’t get it.
Bugs in the Lampshade
This was by far the most successful trick of the day, and my Dad was the victim. I cut out a few bug shapes that I had printed online, and taped them to the insides of 2 lampshades in our living room. They were invisible until the lamps were turned on, but then…
VOILA! A HUGE cockroach is lurking in your lamp! *evil chuckling*
Unfortunately, I was not present when my Dad turned on one of the lamps, but I heard the story afterwards. This is what he said: “I turned on the lamp, and when I saw it I thought ‘Holy cow! I’m gonna have to kill a big ole’ roach!’ So, I started to twist the lamp to see it, and then I went ‘Heyyy, that’s no roach!'”
FINALLY – A TASTE OF REAL SUCCESS
So, yeah. Those were our quarantined 2020 April Fools Pranks. I hope you enjoyed reading about my one true success this year – hopefully there will be many more in the years to come. ;)
Did you pull any April Fools Pranks this year? How did they go? Have you ever tried any of the jokes mentioned in this post? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you! :)
Thanks for reading, and be safe! :)