Normally, we try to keep our prank-pulling minds well-rested for the best holiday of the year – April Fools’ Day. But this year, we thought we would kick off the festivities early (because why not?) and share some of the great ideas we unearthed from the bowels of the Internet with you. And yes, we’re limiting the awesomeness to our sometime favorite social networking site Facebook because we’re saving the best stuff for ourselves. But don’t worry, we’re pretty sure you’re going to have a blast trying to pull any or all of these pranks on total strangers and, of course, your FB “friends.”
Have you ever tried creating a second account on Facebook, maybe for gaming (read: Candy Crush Saga) so you can send lives to your real account? And did you, while using your second account, try to send a friend request to your original account only to find that there are a couple of Facebook users with the same name as yourself?
Well, Ryan Roy, a musician and now a certified FB trickster had this genius idea for a prank: “find Facebook users with the same name as you, recreate their profile pictures as closely as possible, and then send them a friend request.”
According to Roy, “None of them really got it. They just got really creeped out and changed their profile pic immediately.” To which we say, “All you other Ryan Roys out there better learn how to take a joke.”
We don’t praise a lot of people; but around these parts, Oli Beale is definitely a legend. Now, if you haven’t heard of Mr. Beale, you need to do yourself a favor and watch Darth Vader Feels Blue on YouTube right now. You could also try reading Beale’s Virgin Complaint Letter, which is full of hilarious gems such as: “It’s your hamster Richard. It’s your hamster in the box and it’s not breathing.” And “Richard…What is that white stuff? It looked like it was going to be yoghurt. It finally dawned on me what it was after staring at it. It was a mixture between the Baaji custard and the Mustard sauce.”
But enough about Oli’s other viral pranks. Let’s take this moment to celebrate the way he decided to mess with his friend on Facebook. Beale’s idea is actually quite simple: take a friend’s FB photos, slightly modify them, and then repost the shopped photos on the social network. Needless to say Beale’s friend James Bennett is not amused.
Fake News Generator
This one is really easy to pull off. You just need to download the NOOB – Fake News Generator app, choose an article headline, insert your friend’s name and location, and your prank is good to go. As you may know, “NOOB contains a set of hilarious news articles that are sure to fool your friends and embarrass them!” But it’s up to you, of course, if you want to “punk” said friends via email or Facebook. Oh and lest we forget, this app works on any phone system (or mobile operating system if you will), whether it’s iOS or Android. And it’s free, so you pretty much get an amazing return on investment.
We all have Facebook friends who are afflicted with this bizarre condition called Oversharing. Luckily, we have this failsafe remedy, which involves poking them every time they post something inane or unbelievably lame. This works because we don’t know anyone of sound mind who just loves being poked on Facebook. Plus the more you poke them, the more you set up this Pavlovian response, which you can only hope will cure them of their disease. You can even take this prank to the next level by just going on and on with the poke-a-thon even if your TMI friends ask you to stop. Seriously, do us a solid and give this a try right now. Perhaps someday in the near future, we can rid FB of annoying people.