10 April Fools’ Pranks That Went Horribly Wrong (Yet Still Perfectly Enjoyable)

In 1924, April Fools’ Day was nearly canceled after an innocent prank went horribly wrong and an entire school bus of dogs almost drowned (look it up). It’s true, sometimes a small bit of mischief can fly off the rails. But that doesn’t stop April 1 from being the troublemaker’s favorite holiday filled with pranks.

No one knows for sure when the merry holiday began, but many historians point to the moment Christopher Columbus stuck a whoopie cushion under the throne of Queen Isabella (one of history’s greatest pranks). Others claim it all started when France adopted the Gregorian calendar, changing New Year’s Day from April 1 to Jan. 1.

Whatever the reason, we’ve all tried our hand at practical joking, and over the years, seen some amazing dupes. But today, we take a look at the misadventures, the disasters, and the unmitigated fails of pranking lore that (in hindsight) are still perfectly enjoyable today. No matter how many puppies almost drowned.

Cover Photo: Betsie Van der Meer (Getty Images)

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