Beware April Fools' Day, searches reveal Canadians have been Googling pranks
Vic Gundotra, Google Senior Vice President of Engineering, talks about Google Plus at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. (AP / Paul Sakuma)
Corinne Ton That, CTVNews.ca
Published Monday, March 31, 2014 6:11AM EDT
The flowers are starting to bloom, the days are getting longer, and you've got salt in your coffee.
Yep, it's coming up to April Fools' Day again.
And it appears Canadians are looking to blow off some serious steam when the calendar flips to April 1st on Tuesday, after a particularly long and miserable winter.
Google searches for “April Fools” have been on the rise since December, and while Canadians across the country are advised to exercise a high degree of caution on Tuesday, Albertans should be the most alert. That's because searches for "pranks" are most popular there, followed by Ontario and British Columbia.
So what kinds of pranks can you expect this year?
Office pranks: It looks like Canadians want to shake up their routine 9 to 5 jobs as more people have been searching for "office pranks" than "school pranks."
Prank calls: Maritimers might want to screen their calls on Tuesday – "prank call" was the most popular search term in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Scary pranks vs. funny pranks: Searches for "scary pranks" have been popular among Canadians, but not popular enough to beat "funny pranks" -- the search term was most popular in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.
Pranks gone wrong: You've been warned, pranksters. Searches for "pranks gone wrong" have been on the rise in Canada over the past year.
And for those still looking for some mischievous inspiration, here are some popular pranks that have stood the test of time:
Air horn as door-wall protector: Grab an air horn, tape it to the wall behind a door, and wait for the screeching sound when the door handle makes contact.
Pickled head: Print out a life-sized photo of your face and place it inside a large glass jar. Add some water, place the jar in the refrigerator, and wait until your victim opens the fridge door.
Foiled office: Head over to a co-worker's cubicle and cover it completely with any of the following household items: tin foil, plastic wrap or sticky notes.
Garden keyboard: Remove the keys of an old keyboard, insert cotton balls, sprinkle some cress seeds and water. You'll have a healthy baby garden growing in no time.
Be a chair: This one requires you to get crafty. Make a costume out of cushions, cover your head with a blanket, and take a seat.