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April Fools’! 7 Facebook Pranks You Can Pull Off in Seconds

Anyone who leaves their Facebook profile unguarded today is a true April fool.

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Here’s a beautifully annoying prank you can knock out during lunch hour. Step 1: Go to your victim’s Facebook profile, and "like" every single thing they’ve ever posted. That’s it. The next time they log in, they will find hundreds of notifications waiting. This is especially effective if they get live updates to their phone, which will be bombarded with alerts while you’re doing your dirty work. This might not be the most appropriate prank for work friends, so try one of these best office pranks for April Fools' Day instead.

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The biggest jerk on Facebook is...

Step 1: Copy this link: http://facebook.com/profile.php?=733  (note, you can swap out the number combination in at the end—just make sure everything up to "php?=" stays exactly the same.) Step 2: Paste it into a status update. As the preview picture will reveal, this link directs you to your own Facebook profile; in fact, anyone who clicks on it will be linked to their own account. Make sure you remove the link preview box from your post so your cover isn’t blown. Step 3: Write a clever lead-in to the link—something scintillating, but also a little nasty. Example: "Police are desperately searching for this monster—please spread the word. [link]" or, "At long last, I think I’ve found the biggest jerk on Facebook: [link]." Step 4: Post it. As you wait for legions of unsuspecting friends to click through to their own profiles, go bake some cookies for all the people you’re about to annoy.

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"Nobody reads anymore!"

Step 1: Post this link from NPR, titled "Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore?" Include in your status a generic comment like, "So sad," or, "Seriously, what is wrong, people?" Step 2: wait. This "story" is actually a prank devised by NPR on April 1, 2014 to poke fun at serial commenters. "We sometimes get the sense that some people are commenting on NPR stories that they haven't actually read," the article says. "If you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then let's see what people have to say about this ‘story.’" If you see a friend post this same link, like it and keep the joke going.

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The unguarded profile

If you work in an office, chances are you can navigate to Facebook on any coworker’s computer and find them already logged into their account. If they are, now’s your chance to really alter their profile (and probably their opinion of you as a person). A few quick pranks you can pull with an unguarded profile: 1) Change your friend’s name and profile picture to reference an inside joke. If you’re stuck for ideas, just go with this dog. These 6 other pranks are also harmless and office-appropriate, too.

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Shalom, mayhem!

Or, 2) Go to basic settings and change your friend’s display language to Hebrew or Mandarin—really any language that uses a completely different alphabet than ours, leaving your victim no clues how to change it back.

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Don't I know you?

Or, 3) Friend request EVERYONE in the "people you may know" page. This feed refreshes endlessly, so keep adding to your heart’s content (just don’t get caught.) Your friend will be baffled by the influx of new friends over the next few days. If you want to protect yourself from potential pranksters, remember these 17 Facebook page secrets you need to know.

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Merry un-birthday!

Finally, 4) Change your friend's date of birth to tomorrow, confusing them with a tide of erroneous well wishes. The real butt of this April Fools joke? All of your friend’s friends who have no idea when their actual birthday is. If you want to take your pranks off-line, try one of these 15 simple April Fools' jokes that are great for kids or adults.