Last April Fools’ Day, I took a pregnancy test. It was positive, and the baby in the upstairs nursery means it wasn’t a joke. This year, that would be a very cruel joke.

So instead, I’ve compiled a list of ideas you from experience, family and friends, that you can pull on your loved ones. They may bruise some egos, but they are otherwise harmless.

Salt in the sugar bowl: A time-tested classic — the night before, fill the sugar shaker or bowl with salt. A bleary eyed partner, roommate or even kids sprinkling it on their cereal, won’t know the difference until it’s too late. Blech.

Sud-less soap: I tried this one last year and I was the first to shower afterward so yeah, fooled myself. Don’t do that. Paint the bar of soap with clear nail polish. When your family goes to lather up, the soap won’t produce any suds. Then, when they get out — do you smell that? Did you forget to wash?

“Short sheet” the bed: One from a Facebook query — make the bed so that the fitted sheet is tucked in at the top then folded back up to look normal. Want to watch it done? YouTube has plenty of how-to’s and the resulting reactions of people who fell victim to the prank.

Everybody loves weather: A few Facebook commenters offered these weather-related jokes: Play a recording announcing a snow day and don’t tell the kids until they’re almost late to catch the bus. Or, wake up and yell that the snow completely melted and spring has finally sprung! (This year though, both of these are particularly disheartening.)

Spray to the face: From a friend in upstate New York who is a victim of this yearly: Tape around the faucet sprayer so when someone goes to turn on the sink, nothing comes out of the main faucet and instead the person is sprayed. Double whammy if you make it up to them by pouring a cup of coffee and offering “sugar.”

At the office: One of my cousins suggested taping small pieces of paper or Post-It notes to the bottom of everyone’s optical mouse. Make sure to leave a note on the paper for when they flip it over to figure out why it’s not working.

Natalie Feulner

Natalie Feulner is a journalist and “semi-crunchy” cloth diapering momma to a rambunctious toddler named after a county in California. She drinks too much tea and loves to climb rocks but not at the...