When an April Fools' Day Prank Goes Wrong

April 1, 2015

Growing up, holidays- even the insignificant ones, like April Fools' Day- were always a big deal to me.  My family was already amazing at Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and St. Patrick’s Day, but we all struggled to make a memorable April Fools' Day.  For years I tried my best to execute a great prank that no one would see coming.  Finally, one morning my sophomore year of high school, I got lucky…or so I thought.

I had recently read about someone who pranked their roommate by putting clear plastic wrap under the toilet seat so that when the roommate went to pee, rather than going down, their pee rose and almost overflowed.  Although it’s unsanitary and disgusting, I found it hilarious at the time, and decided to try this prank out on my mom one morning before I went to school.  I figured she’d scream, then crack up, and say something to me along the lines of “good one!”

That didn’t happen. 

I was fifteen at the time, which meant I still didn’t fully understand the importance of a quick, stress-free morning before work.  My mom is a dental hygienist, and had to be at work at 7:30 that morning.  When I woke up that day, I woke up to her screaming my name in an anything-but-happy tone of voice. 

She was furious- and understandably so, considering my prank caused her to pee all over herself when she was already dressed in scrubs and in a hurry to make it to work on time.  What I thought would be an epic prank turned out to be an unfortunate event that caused my mom to be late to work and got me grounded that day and the next.  

Needless to say, I never used this prank on anyone again.  Maybe one day, if someone really deserves it and doesn’t have somewhere important to be, I’ll give it another go.  Just know that not everyone agrees on what is funny.  You’ve been warned.  Happy April Fools' Day!  (And sorry again, mom). 


  1. Oh no! Poor mom. But it is definitely a little amusing, if only it hadn't been a busy work morning. I definitely attempted that one on my sister when we were younger, but she was onto me.

  2. Poor mom! I am sure you laugh about it with here now :)
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