April Fools and Fails: 20 GIFs to Bring Out the Prankster in Us All

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To the prankster go the spoils. For some impish souls, April Fools’ Day is like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July, all wrapped up into one. There’s a reason why nearly every mythology in the world has a god of mischief (we’re looking at you, Loki). Because everyone loves a good prank.

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The origins of the naughty holiday are a little foggy but at least date back to the Canterbury Tales, an English book of stories from 1392. This longstanding tradition of good-natured trickery has been practiced ever since, giving the devious side of ourselves a chance to run free without reprisals for one beautiful day. In the spirit of rogues past, here then, is a gallery of beguiling GIFs to bring out the merry prankster in us all.

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