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The April Fools Prank That Backfired and Almost Cost a Friendship

I’ll never forget the day I almost lost my best friend. It was April 1, 2010. He and I love to play pranks on each other, but that year he wasn’t feeling it. So I told him I wasn’t going to do anything. And he believed me.

The night before April Fools, I waited until everybody left the building at work and then I got to business. I covered his desk with hundreds of little sticky notes. I even drew a happy faces on each one. And then I sprinkled confetti everywhere.

Traci Taylor

By the time I was done, I was pretty excited about my prank and thought he’d laugh about it too. I was wrong. My best friend worked the overnight shift and got to work a couple hours before me. Not only did he not reply to my text that morning, but when I went to Facebook to wish him a happy April Fools, I discovered he’d blocked me. At first I was sad, and then I got angry. Who did this guy think he was getting so upset over a harmless prank?

I tried to confront him at work that morning, but he wouldn’t speak to me. A day went by and he was still giving me the cold shoulder. And then he sent me a text saying he didn’t want to be friends anymore. What?!? I wouldn’t give up though and kept pestering him until he decided to talk. He told me he was hurt that I’d said I wasn’t going to pull a prank and then I did. We hashed it out and after pointing out how ridiculous he was being, he decided to see things my way (either that or he was sick of my nagging) and we remain best friends to this day. Oh, and he’d ended up saving all of the sticky notes and got his revenge by covering my desk with them the day after we made up.

Since the day my best friend and I almost stopped being friends, we’ve played plenty more pranks on each other. There was the time he packed my office with balloons so that when I opened the door they, all spilled out.

Traci Taylor

And then there was the time I called the National Aquarium and told them he loved snakes (he’s terrified of them), so they brought the biggest boa they had!

Traci Taylor

Or the time he gathered all the shredded paper in the building and filled my cubie with it.

Traci Taylor

And then there was this (would have been funnier if the constable wasn’t someone we knew- he probably would have completely freaked out and not figured out it was fake):

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