Survey shows less than three quarters have never fallen for an April Fools’ Day joke

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How’s your day been so far? Notice any sounds of whoopee cushions or giggling? Keep your guard up as the day has only started. You never know what’s in store until it happens. Who doesn’t love pulling pranks on April Fools’ Day? :)

Here at MySurvey we decided to have a little fun and ask our members more about today. After polling several individuals, the results were this: 79.4% have fallen for an April Fools’ Day joke, while 20.6% have never fallen for one.

Can you imagine never falling for one? That seems almost nearly impossible! This is especially true if you forget the occasion. I guess it’s not very surprising that more than half of our members truly felt the effects of April Fools’ Day.

However, amongst those who did fall for a prank, we wanted to break it down even further into frequency. How often have you fallen for an April Fools’ Day joke? 10.9% indicated a bunch of times, 56.7% said a few times and 11.8% stated only once. How about you? Our bet would be a few times like the majority here. :)

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Switching it up a bit, we’ve also asked members who they’ve played their best practical joke on. Take a guess at which answer won this question. Family member, friend, co-worker, parent or significant other? Believe it or not, the most common response was “No one, I don’t play practical jokes on anyone.” Sorry for all those who guessed incorrectly, but the good news is that friend was the second most popular answer. We actually thought it’d be co-worker since most people are in the office that day. Better luck next time for all of us!

Interestingly, ages 16-44 were the prevalent group who played their best practical joke on a friend, while the complete opposite was true for a co-worker. Seems like the younger crowd rather commit an act of April Foolery amongst friends than individuals at the workplace. Who can blame them! Some offices can have such a serious feel or at least different vibe than when you’re with friends.

Hopefully, you haven’t gotten pranked while reading this, BUT will you be pranking someone later on today? When we asked this to members a couple of weeks ago, majority said “No, it’s not my thing”. More specifically, 51.7% indicated this, while only 6.1% said “Yes, I already have something in mind”.

Although it may be silly to pull a prank, it could help with one thing many of us experience: stress. This is especially true for those in the workplace and for many who’s normal day is just naturally hectic. So remember, a few laughs here and there are never harmful! Quite the opposite if you ask us. :)

April Fools Prank

Here are a few common pranks (from if you’re out of ideas:

  • Send a fake love note to a co-worker/friend from another co-worker/friend
  • Fill the vending soda machine with cans of beer
  • Adjust the sprayer in the kitchen to squirt when turned on
  • Place a sign on the bathroom door that reads “We ran out of toilet tissue; please use your own resources”

Prank away!

April Fools’ Day Fun Facts

  • It’s believed that April Fools’ Day may have started in France when Pope Charles IX changed the calendar to go with the Roman calendar, however, no one knows for sure.
  • French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends' backs.
  • In England and Canada, pranks are only played in the morning of April 1st.
  • In 1996, Taco Bell Corp. ran a full-page ad in several major newspapers claiming it purchased the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the "Taco Liberty Bell."


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Posted on Mar 26th, 2015 by MySurvey

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