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[Image Source: collage by Stellabelle using Crazy Russian Hacker FB photos]
I don't know about you, but I've done my share of April Fool's Day pranks. The best one I ever pulled was when I created a plastic fake pizza, and paid a real pizza delivery guy to hand-deliver the "pizza" to a friend's house. When the pizza delivery guy handed her the pizza carton, it was so lightweight, she sort of freaked out in confusion, thinking it was something more dangerous than a plastic pizza. I parked outside and watched the whole thing from the street which was intensely gratifying. I've always had an obsession with fake novelty stuff and it started when I got my first can of fake spilled Coke at age 9. It continued into my adult life with plastic sandwiches, fake puffy rocks and faux Japanese food. In the video below, Crazy Russian Hacker teaches you how to make your very own fake spilled drink using hot glue, wax paper and food coloring.
The exact origin of April Fool's Day is not known. However, a prominent theory, based on a prank even made it to the newspapers:
"Another explanation of the origins of April Fool's Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.
"In a way," explained Prof. Boskin, "it was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor."
This explanation was brought to the public's attention in an Associated Press article printed by many newspapers in 1983. There was only one catch: Boskin made the whole thing up. It took a couple of weeks for the AP to realize that they'd been victims of an April Fools' joke themselves." -Infoplease website
Light-hearted holidays are rare, so use your engineering and scientific ingenuity, tap into your fun side and explore some April Fool's Day pranks from one of YouTube's craziest mad science experimenters, The Crazy Russian Hacker.
If you haven't seen any of Crazy Russian Hacker's YouTube videos, you're missing out. I discovered his videos by accident when I started doing slo-mo video experiments at home using milk, soap and food coloring. This is the video that initially hooked me. It will shatter your mind and make you want to try it, too.
There are tons of YouTubers who create wacky science experiment videos, but the reason Crazy Russian Hacker is so entertaining is because he reminds me of a precocious kid who never grew up. His experiments are super crazy, too. It is his boundless enthusiasm for experimentation and his wild-eyed sense of wonder that hooks me every time I watch his videos. His thick Russian accent further adds to his slightly unhinged personality. So, let the April Fool's pranks begin.
Remember, before you do any of these: safety is the number one priority!
Disclaimer: this website is not promoting the idea of playing mean tricks on people. We accept no responsibility for any adverse actions that may arise from doing these pranks.
The video below contains the following pranks: fake drink (made from dried hot glue) spilled on shirt, Saran Wrap a toilet, unscrew the top of a salt shaker, tape a horn to an office chair, affix a mousetrap to the inside of an egg carton, pranked Ketchup bottle, hole-poked plastic water bottle, water balloon burst inside Russian matryoshka doll and bottom-missing coffee cup.
And if you have a lot of time and energy to put into your April Fool's Day prank, you might consider making caramel apple onions. I don't know, that's a lot of work to put into a prank.......
Remember safety is Crazy Russian Hacker's number one priority: be safe and don't do anything too foolish on April Fool's Day.
[Image Source: Crazy Russian Hacker FB photos]
Leah Stephens is a writer, artist, experimenter and founder of Into The Raw. Follow her onTwitter or Medium.
Written by Leah Stephens