The New York Post just published a list of five April Fools' pranks to play on people from home:
- Swap out the family photos. Mom, why did you frame that random photo of Steve Buscemi? For those quarantining with others, putting a strange new image in front of a familiar photo is an easy way to get a double take—even from people who maybe haven’t left the house in weeks. If you’re quarantining alone, consider placing a swapped-image frame behind you in a Zoom call, and see if the person you’re video-chatting with notices.
- Pretend to be typing…forever. With everyone glued to their phones, the three dots which signal that someone is responding to your text carry great weight. What are they going to say? Will they ever press send? Why does it feel like they’ve been typing for an eternity? Maybe it’s because they aren’t actually typing, but just sent you a gif of the three dots.
- Subscribe a pal to a hilarious mailing list. Here’s a harmless way to brighten someone’s inbox at the expense of a little confusion. The internet has seemingly endless free email newsletters to sign up for, including a great assortment of ones on raising chickens, community chickens and chicken secrets—perfect for causing mild bewilderment in that friend who has zero poultry-related interests.