Just as certainly as another April Fools' Day is upon us, there are pranks being pulled across the country.

This year, in the name of social distancing, some of the best pranks will be executed at home. (Taping the water sprayer handle at the kitchen sink and aiming it directly toward where somebody would stand to turn the faucet on is a timeless classic in my house. Even when my kids get me with it, I just have to shake my head and laugh.)

But most years, it seems, the best pranks are deployed in the office. From the simple to the elaborate and from the merely humorous to the hysterical, office pranks can run the gamut. And while I do admire the occasional ostentatious and over-the-top prank, I find that I am much more partial to sublime, understated tomfoolery. You know, the ones that just sort of present themselves in the course of a normal work day. My ideal gag, in fact, would be something where afterward the victims might not even really realize they’ve been had -- but maybe it is just odd enough that they spend the rest of the day trying to figure out what happened.

And the best part of an unrecognized prank? You can play it over and over again.

Every office kind of takes on a life of its own when it comes to pranks in the workplace -- and The Daily Herald is no different. Having worked for the Daily Herald for nearly 29 years -- and having earned the reputation as one having a certain affinity for the art of the gag -- I was tasked with the project of coming up with a dozen of my favorite Herald office pranks for this April Fool’s slideshow.

All of these pranks were indeed pulled here at the Herald. Only the names have been withheld to protect the dignity of those involved.


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