Youthful Pranks of Famous People

Steve Jobs, Abraham Lincoln, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt all pulled some admirable pranks before they became famous. Get some inspiration for April Fools' Day by reading about these overachievers' youthful pranks here:

Don't Miss the 32nd Annual April Fools' Day Parade!

If you're in New York City on April 1, 2017, be sure to attend the Annual April Fools' Day Parade. This year's parade has a "Trumpathon" theme, and participants are asked to dress up as a Trump lookalike. The parade kicks off at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street at noon on Saturday, April 1, 2017, rain or shine, and heads down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park where the King of Fools will be selected from costumed participants. The organizers are expecting the world's largest gathering of Trump lookalikes! Don't miss the spectacle!

For information contact: Joey Skaggs, Committee Chair, 212-254-7878,

Pranklopedia April Fools' Countdown: Prank #7

Phone Fun

This prank lets you freeze your victim’s phone (temporarily!). You'll need to choose a victim who has trusted you with the password to their phone (and who has a fine sense of humor).

Start by taking a screenshot of the phone's home screen.

Drag all the folders and apps to the right until they move to the next screen.

Find the screenshot you just took in the Photos app and set it as the home wallpaper.

Then put the phone back where you found it and act very concerned when your victim tries in vain to use it.

Pranklopedia April Fools' Countdown: Prank #6

Don't Just Kick Me!

No one knows exactly when or how April Fools’ Day got started, but it goes back at least 250 years in France, England, and Scotland. The Scots were especially keen on the idea, and extended the celebration to two days. The second day was devoted to pranks involving people’s hindquarters, and some say it was the Scots who made the first Kick Me sign.

There’s nothing wrong with a good Kick Me sign, but if you’ve pulled that prank a few too many times, try taping one of these signs to your victim’s back instead.

Ask me if you can use my cell phone.

Ask me for a dollar.

Tell me I look like ____________.


Ask me if I speak French.