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Don’t trip up this April Fool’s Day

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Chances are good that you’ve already fallen victim to an April Fool’s joke today – whether it was an outrageous story in your news feed, or a prank in the office. We’ve compiled a list of 10 pranks we felt were easy to put into action – with minimal planning – and perfect for getting your own back.

5 for the kidschild eating banana

  1. Take out the batteries of the remote control before your kids try to watch their favourite shows. Then act surprised when they ask you what happened.
  2. Use a pin to poke holes in a banana and slice it from inside. When your child peels it, the banana will fall apart (have an undissected banana in reserve).
  3. When your kids are fast asleep, move them to each other’s rooms or beds. You’ll need each parent in different rooms with cameras at the ready.
  4. Use gelatine to turn your child’s favourite milk solid. The confused look will be a priceless “Kodak moment”.
  5. Stick a strip of tape over parts of the tap and wait for your child to open it. Have towels ready.

5 for the bigger “kids”cell phone language settings

  1. Find a very realistic looking stick-on tattoos and very gently apply it to someone’s arm in their sleep. They might even get all the way to school or work before noticing!
  2. Your friend or significant other on their phone all the time? Change the language setting when they aren’t looking. Just be sure you know how to get back to default when the laughing stops.
  3. Switch the salt in the sugar bowl, or sugar in the salt shaker. This is strictly for the second or third cup of coffee. We can’t be held responsible if you try this with someone’s first cup of the day.
  4. Freeze plastic bugs, spiders or what ever your friends’ fear and serve them with a cold glass of soda or water. When done, they are perfect for scare tactics months afterwards by placing them in strategic hiding places like under pillows, in their drawer or even inside their socks or shoes!
  5. This is a classic! Smear Vaseline on doorknobs. That’s it. Simple, fun and very effective in homes and offices that still have doorknobs and not handles.


David A Steynberg, managing editor and director of HomeTimes, has more than 10 years of experience as both a journalist and editor, having headed up Business Day’s HomeFront supplement, SAPOA’s range of four printed titles, digimags Asset in Africa and the South African Planning Institute’s official title, Planning Africa, as well as B2B titles, Building Africa and Water, Sewage & Effluent magazines. He began his career at Farmer’s Weekly magazine before moving on to People Magazine where he was awarded two Excellence Awards for Best Real Life feature as well as Writer of the Year runner-up. He is also a past fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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