April Fool’s Day Recap

by Ryan Guina

April Fool’s Day is always a lot of fun – you have to keep your guard up at all times because your coworkers might get you with a little prank, or you might just be taken in by an article from the mainstream media or one of your favorite blogs.

My favorite office prank. One of the best pranks I pulled on someone at work wasn’t actually on April Fool’s Day. I have a former  coworker who is technically savvy – he is great with databases, creating wicked queries, troubleshooting coding problems, etc. A couple years ago I decided it would be a good idea to have a little fun with him. So I popped off the “N” and “M” keys from his keyboard and switched them. Then I waited.

A couple hours later I heard him muttering under his breath. After listening to a couple minutes  of muttering followed by silence and more muttering I asked him what was going on. He told me he couldn’t type certain words correctly. I convinced him to restart his computer. Since it takes awhile he got up to get another cup of coffee – and I jumped into his seat, popped out the keys, switched them, and went back to work like nothing happened. I only feigned interest when he returned and declared the problem “fixed.”

This went on for about… 3 months. Evil, I know! It got to the point he called over our technical support team lead, who also couldn’t figure out the problem. Since he and the tech guy were both “software” type people, they tend to think in terms of code. They were restarting his computer, doing spyware sweeps, looking for corrupt sectors on his hard drive, examining recently added software, etc. After about an hour of this one morning, and at  the point they were about to swap out his hard drive, I walked over to the keyboard with a pair of scissors, popped off the keys and swapped them out and said, “try it now.”

The look on their face was priceless! And I hate to think what would have happened if I wasn’t there to prevent the hard drive replacement!

April Fools Day jokes online.

Yesterday I wrote about the end of the US penny. I thought this topic made a great April Fool’s Day article because it is something that has been debated for years, and is plausible. But like most good April Fool’s Day articles, I dropped little clues through the article and made the facts and figures more and more outlandish as the article went on. You’ll find many of the articles below did the same thing.

Personal Finance and Money Related April Fool’s Day articles:

More changes to the US currency:


Global Reserve Currency Approved. Secret meetings have led the US to combine the US dollar, the Canadian Dollar and the Mexican Peso to form the Amero, a unified North American currency to rival the Euro. Perpetrator: GFT Forex Blog.

Canada buys US, New Country to be Named Camerica, Adoption of New Currency Fast Tracked!!!!!. Another article about changes in the US currency and government structure. Perpetrator: Personal Dividends.

April Fool’s Day Jokes focusing on the economy:

Exclusive Interview – CEO Reveals Thoughts on Executive Bonuses. What CEOs from companies like AIG really think about their entitlements and the current state of the economy. Perpetrator: Money Smart Life.

House measure to reduce federal debt by 9% by end of 2009. Congress is forcing Americans to foot the tab for the federal debt – to the tune of $12,000 per person, due by the end of 2009. Perpetrator: Mighty Bargain Hunter.

Brand New 2009 Economic Stimulus Is Out Of This World!. The new stimulus plan calls for lowering everyone’s tax bracket by one notch, extended unemployment benefits, and more. The benefits are amazing! Perpetrator: Free From Broke.

Other personal finance April Fools Day jokes.

How I made $1000 In One Hour. A get rich quickly scheme like most get rich quickly schemes: too good to be true! Perpetrator: One Mint.

Announcing the new I Will Teach You To Be Frugal. Ramit, the founder of the blog I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and author of the book by the same name decides to shift gears and teach you how to be frugal. This is even more funny if you are a regular reader and remember his recent challenge to a frugal blogger about which system works better – frugality or focusing on earning more money (I think both are important). Perpetrator: I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

Personal Finance Blogs sold and for sale:

April Fool’s Day Jokes from the mainstream media

Google is well known for running prominent April Fools Day jokes every year. Here are two they ran this year:

  • Google’s new Free Internet Wi-Fi Service: Google introduces Google TiSP, which is a free, fast and highly reliable in-home wireless broadband service.
  • G-Mail autopilot. Set up your e-mail to automatically create responses based on filters. You can set a predetermined word length, include a set number of typos, and several other options to create the appearance of actually having written the response yourself!

The Economist is opening a theme park. Sounds strange for a well-respected magazine to open a theme park… but we’ve all heard stranger ideas! Check out the interactive map!

More April Fool’s Day Jokes?

This list is by no means all inclusive. If you saw something in print yesterday, or had a real life experiences you want to share, please leave a comment at the end of the article!

Just found this one:
Zecco April Fools’ Day: Million Dollar Account Balances. I can’t believe a company would do something as dense as making customer accounts show having more than $1,000,000 – and make them live! Make a landing page, sure. Ha-ha. But actually allow people to trade with money they don’t have…that’s just irresponsible.

Published or updated March 20, 2014.
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1 Philip

I don’t think I would have any problems if someone changed my keys around since I type without looking but I have several co-workers that peck-type. I wish I would have known this before yesterday but like you I may try it on days that are not April Fools.

I remember learning to type and the teacher put sticker dots on all the letters on the keys so we had to do it without having a chance to know what they were, the only problem I had was with the stuff above the numbers, I still get those mixed up some.


2 Miranda

Great list. I loved the Canada Buys America and the How to Make $1,000 in One Hour as well. And your penny post 🙂 It’s kind of fun to pull these off (thanks for including my GFT post), but it’s also nice to get back to normal. And you really are evil, messing with that poor guy like that…


3 Craig

Nice job. If you are looking for another prank I got one that will annoy the crap out of your coworkers. They sell these small electronic “chirping” devices. Basically makes a chirp on a timer like a bird. Well you get this and hide it somewhere in someone’s office so they can’t find it. The constant chirping will bother them, and they will look through the windows and what not till they can try to find the bird. I can’t find a link to wear to buy one, but they are quite funny.



All great ones! I’ve done the switch the keys before. Devious.


5 Dan

Here’s another currency joke you could tell:

Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner considers abandoning the U.S. dollar in favor of a one-world currency supported by China, Russia, India, and Brazil.

That would be hilarious!!

……oh….uh……never mind…..


6 Miss M

I’m surprised a coder would be looking at his keyboard, I’m a terrible typist but I’ve gotten past that point (most days). I got fooled by a few of the jokes yesterday, I totally forgot what day it was. I’ve also never played an April fool’s joke, I’m too nice I guess.


7 eli

I don’t get the prank you pulled though….does that mean he still looks at his keyboard when he types?!

My job isn’t technology intensive and yet I still type fine without key poking…I’m surprised to hear a computer guy falling for that. Shouldn’t have made a difference! lol.


8 TStrump

My prank – I sent a text to a few friends that I had been fired.
After receiving texts back offering condolences, I texted back ‘April Fools. Ha ha ha’
I thought it was funny.


9 DDFD at DivorcedDadFrugalDad

The key prank is classic! Also demonstrates that people often overlook the simple problem right under their noses . . .


10 Kristy @ Master Your Card

Ooooh, the key prank is one of my faves! I was on vacation so I didn’t get the opportunity to pull any pranks with coworkers, but with friends and family that’s a different story. Our pranks are bit mean-spirited though because it’s been ongoing for years. This year was my turn…hehehe.

Anyway, I loved the piece on Canada buys America! And your penny one was good, too because there literally have been talks of the ditching the penny. All good stuff listed. I heard about that Zecco deal, though and thought that was taking things a bit far. Someone’s going to raise a fuss of there that, I’m sure!


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