Life is too short not to have a little fun, especially during the global coronavirus pandemic that seems never-ending. Social interactions between family members and friends who do not live in the same house have been extremely limited, with minimal face-to-face visits. Secondly, the only way to communicate with each other is via digital video chatting apps like Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and social media chat apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
As a result, coronavirus fatigue is real, and people are tired of having to social distance and stay away from other people for months on end. Therefore, it is time to inject a bit of fun into your digital relationships. Here are five funny pranks that you can play on your friends.
Note: It is very much essential to ensure that your pranks stay on the side of harmless fun.
1. Create a funny gif and email it to them
Animated gifs are a great way of poking harmless fun at your friends’ foibles or eccentricities. For instance, if your friend is an avid gamer and spends most of their free gaming, you can create a gif and email it to them.
A gif, or Graphics Interchangeable Format, is an animated image. It is similar to the JPEG or PNG file formats in that it can be used as a still image. However, one unique feature is that it can be used to create animated features.
How do you create an animated gif?
Experts note that it is not difficult to create an animated gif. Therefore, by way of answering this question, let’s take a quick look at how to make your gif. In summary, there are different tools or apps, both mobile and desktop, that you can use to create a gif, including GIMP, Photoshop, GIPHY CAM, and ImgPlay. Each tool has a separate set of instructions, so all you need to do is to follow the step-by-step guide found here.
2. Send a prank gift box
Send one of your friends a gift packaged in a prank gift box. Many options are available for purchase, such as a 12 000-piece puzzle box, stating that to build this puzzle, a magnifying glass, and tweezers (included with the puzzle).
Other prank gift box choices include a roto-wipe box: “say good-bye to costly toilet paper,” and a wooden spider prank box that looks like a spider-carrying box, and a plastic spider that looks like a real spider.
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3. Fake cracked desktop screen picture
If your friend is very particular about their laptop computer and who can touch it, ask someone in your friend’s bio-bubble to download a desktop (or laptop) background picture of a cracked screen and install it on their laptop. Make sure that all of the desktop icons are hidden. When they next open their computer, it will look as though the screen is cracked. It is guaranteed to send your friend into a momentary meltdown.
If your friend lives in your bio-bubble, you can install this desktop screen picture yourself.
4. Hide an alarm clock in their room
If your friend is not an early riser or morning person, buy an old-fashioned alarm clock, one that rings or buzzes, set it for 5 am, and hide in their room. You can be sure that they will stumble around at 5 am, blindly looking for the source of the noise.
Note: This prank is best implemented if you live in the same house or apartment as your friend. Otherwise, enlist the help of a housemate to video your friend stumbling around trying to find the ringing alarm clock.
5. Change the phone’s autocorrect settings
The best victim for this prank is a technologically incompetent friend, although it will frustrate tech geeks as well
In summary, all you need to do is to get hold of their phone and change the phone’s autocorrect settings to replace certain words with another phrase. Replace words that they use often. For instance, if they often talk about the weather, replace key words such as “weather,” “hot,” “cold,” and “snow” with words like “toilet paper.”
You can do something similar in their Google Docs or Microsoft Word settings. Therefore, when they type a message or a word document, the words that they commonly used will be automatically changed to the ones you choose.
Most of these pranks work really well if you are living in the same space as your friend. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its associated restrictions on free movement, the best way to enjoy the outcomes of your prank is to ask a housemate to video your friend’s response. You could also switch to video call for a live view of your friend’s response.