It's Not Funny! 12 April Fools' Day Pranks You Should Never Play on a Person

Though April Fools' Day is full of gag and senseless jokes, not all pranks are created equal. Here are 12 pranks you should never play on a person.

Mustafa Gatollari - Author

Mar. 30 2023, Updated 12:29 p.m. ET

Though most people don't mind a good April Fools' Day prank, sometimes, the gag can go too far. Yes, not every prank lands and can even be deemed mean, insulting, or even offensive.

While we know most people don't set out on April Fools' Day with bad intentions, it's important to recognize the delicate balance that comes with pranking someone.

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Therefore, we've compiled a list of April Fools' Day pranks that you should never play on someone. Hey, don't say we didn't warn you! Check out our list of controversial "jokes" below.

Troll pregnancy.

April Fools Pranks You Should Never Do
Source: Twitter | @xoxo_desstiinyy

Making someone think that they're going to be a new parent and helping to usher in a lifetime of responsibility for another human being is so funny. Aside from being super unoriginal (the biggest reason not to do it), a pregnancy prank can also cause some nasty emotional damage. You might let someone down who desperately wants to have a kid or learn that your partner never really envisioned having children with you. Also, a false pregnancy claim can be a bit insensitive toward your friends who are struggling with infertility.

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Tricking your kids with a gift of any kind.

This one is just downright mean. If your child has been pining away for a specific item and soon realizes it's not that gift, this "harmless" prank just turns into a mean joke, at your kid's expense.

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Faking death/illness.

Source: Twitter | @rxsieberries

This is emotionally manipulative and profoundly unfunny. You're basically making someone feel bad for caring about you, and then pulling the rug out and saying, "Ha ha! I got you! I don't have Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma!"

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A fake break-up.

Source: Twitter | @irisvicencio

Again, if someone is emotionally invested in you, making them think that your relationship is on the rocks is never cool. Just check out this Redditor's wife who left them a voicemail saying they wanted to file for divorce.

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Standing someone up.

Source: Twitter | @NightS_Studios

Standing someone up is a mean-spirited thing to do that doesn't even pack a punchline. Telling someone you're doing something at a specific place and time and then ghosting them? Wow, you're such a comedic genius.

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Hiding a person's wheelchair or anything vital they use to function.

Source: YouTube | @Rayhart Twins

This "prank" has been blasted by several people on the internet. And, it should go without saying just how rude and insensitive this "gag" is to do to someone.

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Getting someone to think they murdered someone.

Source: YouTube | @Derren Brown

Derren Brown is an illusionist from the U.K. who got a lot of heat for convincing someone who got drunk that the night before they had caused the death of someone else. He hired actors, set up fake crime scenes, and basically got some unsuspecting hungover person to believe they had committed murder.

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Fake winning lottery tickets.

Making someone think that they've hit it big, especially when they're undergoing a tough time financially isn't a cool move. But it is something that this Redditor experienced on Christmas, of all days.

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Making someone eat poop or convincing them they did.

This is just straight up nasty. FOOD IS SACRED.

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Spoiling a favorite book, movie, or TV show.

Source: TikTok | @9mm77

Do some people take their fandom way too far? Yes, and while I don't personally care if someone spoils certain plot points for me, I understand that a lot of people do, and putting them through a "Snape kills Dumbledore" moment really isn't cool.

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Fake fired.

Source: Twitter | @CodlyB

With the costs of living in the U.S. on the rise, more and more people are thankful for the jobs that they have, especially if they're decent ones. Making a worker think that their position or the company that they work at is in jeopardy really isn't funny.

You're joking about a person's livelihood.

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Cutting/shaving a part of someone's head.

Source: YouTube | @RebelTV

You don't want to physically alter someone for the sake of a prank. Putting Nair in their shampoo or buzzing their hair really isn't funny, especially if they dump a lot of moolah into their locks.

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