It's not certain when the tradition began, but one account dates it back to 1582, when France adopted the Gregorian calendar, thus moving New Year celebrations from the end of March to January, The Independent reported.
It is said that those who continued to celebrate the new year on April 1 were considered "fools."
However it began, the tradition continues to this day as families, classmates and even work colleagues make fools out of each other.
Here are some of the best pranks you can play on your co-workers that are unlikely to get you fired.
Tell your coworkers that a piece of office equipment has been equipped with voice recognition software. Watch them yell into inanimate objects and laugh the day away. (H/T Mashable)
Put Tape on a Co-Worker's Receiver
Watch frustration erupt as they can't hear the person on the other end of the line. (H/T Mashable)
The Copier Trick
Tape an object, a paper clip, a staple or whatever else, to a piece of paper and make multiple copies. Then put said copies in the paper tray. Watch your co-workers become confused at the strange object they see on their documents. (H/T Mashable)
The Ol' Wires Crossed Trick
Switch your co-workers' phone lines. Though if you're going to do this for your own phone, make sure you're not expecting an important call from the Cayman Islands ... (H/T Metro.co.uk)
Computer Language Prank
Switch the language on a colleague's computer and laugh as they try to navigate their work day in Portuguese! (H/T Examiner)
The Mouse Trap
Put tape over a mouse's receiver, and watch as an employee tries to move the cursor back and forth. WHY WON'T IT MOVE?! (H/T Techradar)
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