Our Favourite April Fool’s Day Pranks

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With the news that Google will not participate in April Fool’s Day this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we’ve decided to look back at some of our favourite pranks from over the past few years.

It’s understandable that brands don’t want to appear flippant right now, but a good laugh is sometimes exactly what we need to get through the day.

But don’t worry: the ones that really catch our eye tend to be silly rather than mean, with no real “victims” to speak of. There are no jump scares or precariously balanced buckets of water here!

A license to print money

Did anyone catch this one from Paypal back in 2018? See if you can spot the prank in this tweet . . .

Yep, you guessed it. While I’m sure this would be a useful feature for some (especially when pubs reopen!), it’s probably a little hard to do with current technology.

Smartphones are good. But they’re not that good!

Plus this seems like it might be a crime in most countries . . .


Sir Richard Branson is a very smart man. But that doesn’t mean he’s above the odd April Fool’s Day prank.

Just take a look at this (exceptionally well produced) effort Virgin Atlantic released in 2017:

Seems like a perfectly reasonable technological advancement to me. I can’t think why no one’s done it before!

The polite horn

And on the subject of technological advancements, here’s one our Canadian readers might appreciate.

In 2019, Honda Canada came up with the perfect solution to aggressive road interactions: a horn that let’s everyone know you’re annoyed, but in a quieter, much more passive-aggressive way.

Personally, I can’t think of anything more Canadian than this! Plus, I’m pretty sure it would make me more considerate of other road users.

The “snears”

Finally, here’s Walt Disney World’s most amusing effort, also from 2019: the “snears”.

(It’s not a spelling error; it’s a combination of the words “snacks” and “ears”).

To be honest, I’ve seen crazier things at Walt Disney World . . .

There will likely still be a fair few April Fool’s Day jokes to be found on Twitter and Facebook. Why not share your favourites with us?

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Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.