By Clarissa Olson Posted March 20, 2020

Pranks. They’re supposed to be funny, and sure, they can be, but how often are they really? When was the last time you saw a prank that really was funny? With April Fool’s Day coming up, we’re sure to see an abundance of line crossing, but just how far is too far? No matter how severe, they’re almost never fun for the prankee, but if you’re going to insist on celebrating this April Fool’s Day, at least consider what not to do.

Messing with hair. This one is really popular, but why? Dying, cutting, burning hair; when have any of those actually turned out well? Whatever you do to someone’s hair is stuck with them for a long time, and as part of your appearance, it’s hard to hide. A person’s hair can be just as important to him or her as the act of wearing clothes. Like, any clothes. So seriously, hands off.

Anything involving cars. Cars are expensive. Even if whatever your prank is isn’t intended to cause damage, sometimes things happen that are out of your control. If you can’t afford/aren’t willing to pay to fix it (even worst-case scenario), don’t touch it. It’s that simple.

If the sentence has “glue” in it, forget it. This one is hard to understand. Again, permanent damage. Say you glue a teacher’s mug to their desk. Congratulations, that desk is now useless if he or she ever needs to move the mug. Glue also leaves residue. Even if your victim can dislodge the object without damaging anything, that glue will never be completely gone.

Surprise pregnancy/engagements. While these pranks may not be as offensive as some of the other bad ideas on this list, they can still be a serious matter. Especially if you’re still in high school. Both of these things are huge commitments and will panic a lot of people if they don’t think you’re ready. The kind of panic that crosses lines.

Playing with emotions. The absolute worst thing you can do is upset someone on purpose. This can be pretending to break up with or cheat on your significant other, pretending to abandon or insult a friend, or even faking a death. You’re going to know it’s all just a joke, but the whole idea is that your victim will not. These kinds of things can cut people deep. Sometimes those cuts can be more like deep chasms neither of you will ever get over. Just don’t go there.