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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Bura na mano... fools' day hai!

Debasmita Ghosh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 31, 2013
First Published: 17:27 IST(31/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:29 IST(1/4/2013)
If you thought, you are the only one who can play a prank, get set to be surprised by some super fun shockers at the most unexpected places in the city today. Pubs, restaurants and even salons have come out with hilarious gigs and activities to usher in some much needed cheer and laughter.

At Out Of The Box in Hauz Khas Village, you get to dig into their special Confusion Platter — potato balls with no potato, cheese chilly with no cheese etc. “This is one day that is approved by everyone to play pranks and to get fooled. We have more pranks than fun food offers, but let that be a surprise,” says owner Priyank Sukhija. Soi Thai in Basant Lok is celebrating a Full Fool’s Day with fun activities.

“Three customers selected on the basis of the best prank played, will be declared as the pranksters of the day, and they’ll win a gift hamper,” says owner Shinjini Kapoor. Bora Bora in Saket is on the lookout for people who incorporate the best fool element in their dress — be it a funny wig, accessory, or just a witty one liner on their tee. “The best one will get to attend a complimentary Salsa night this Saturday,” says owner Nikita Khattar.

Pizzeria Rossa at Hauz Khas village too have a similar activity — come up with the funniest prank idea on someone’s Facebook wall, and win a complimentary meal. The Golmaal Night at Buzz, Saket, is also expected to be fun, with the DJ belting out bhajans, pop, hip hop, sad songs, and more in a random sequence on the console.

At Bark-King in Rajouri Garden, unleash your comic streaks, as you get to play a standup comedian — the challenge is to make people laugh, and win a 50% discount on your food bill if you’re adjudged the best. If you plan to visit Lions of Punjab at Tivoli Garden in Chattarpur, be prepared to be charged double on your bill — fret not, it’ll just be a prank!

A few salons in the city too have some naughty plans. For instance, at Cleopatra in GK II, if you ask for a pedicure, you’ll be given a hair spa and made to believe that it’s pedicure. Eventually, you’ll get a pedicure too — complimentary!

Prank ideas
Replace the cream filling of biscuits with toothpaste, and invite your target for a snack.
Fill soap dispensers around the house with adhesive.
Take a screenshot of your colleague’s computer desktop, and set it as the background. Hide all his desktop icons and watch as he/she struggles with a ‘frozen’ screen.
Change your outgoing voicemail message to: Hello, this is a virus network and your phone is under threat!
Change the time of all your roommate’s watches and alarm clocks to two hours ahead and watch them fight for the bathroom and reach college before time.
Remember, it’s a day of fun, not harassment... so never go overboard with your pranks!

How it all started...
A number of tales do the rounds about how April Fool’s Day actually begun. In the medieval times, Europeans celebrated April 1 as the beginning of the new year, as per the Julian Calendar. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII unveiled the new Gregorian calendar and declared January 1 as New Year’s day. However, many people refused to accept this, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1.

Those, who celebrated on January 1, made fun of ones who celebrated on April 1, and eventually the practice became popular. Other theories talk about the Roman festival of Hilaria, held on March 25, and the Medieval Feast of Fools, held on December 28, on which, pranks are played.
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