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100 Outrageous Public Prank Ideas

From Slimy Sneeze Pranks to Hilarious Hand-Holding Pranks

— March 29, 2014 — Pop Culture
Pulling off a public prank takes nerve, a quick wit and most of all, a good sense of humor. If you’re looking for some inspiration, most of these stunts could be pulled off spontaneously on any day of the year, as well as being absolutely worthy of April Fool’s Day.

For maximum effect, some of the best places to get lots of people involved naturally include highly crowded areas like subways or mall food courts. These spots are perfect for disrupting the norm with flash mobs or other objects and activities that would usually be out of place in that setting. Despite being prime locations for pranks, it’s still pretty difficult for people to see them coming.
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Comedic Vice-Themed Pranks
Comedic Vice-Themed Pranks
Being Offered Drugs is a Fun Prank to Watch
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98
Prank Predator Promotions
Prank Predator Promotions
A Fake Shark Sighting Entices People to Visit the Vancouver Aquarium
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97
Spontaneous Raceway Sweepstakes
Spontaneous Raceway Sweepstakes
The Improv Everywhere Carousel Horse Race is Fun for the Family
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96
Oddly Formal Sea Gatherings
Oddly Formal Sea Gatherings
The Black Tie Beach 2012 Event is Hilarious and Unconventional
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95
Rivalling School Pranks
Rivalling School Pranks
In This School Prank, a Group of Harvard Students Conducts Yale Tours
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94
Charitable Celebrity Gym Pranks
Charitable Celebrity Gym Pranks
This Arnold Schwarzenegger Prank Tricks Gym-Goers for a Good Cause
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93
Performance Self-Art Pranks
Performance Self-Art Pranks
The Gallery Hijak Video Teaches You How to Become Art
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92
Pigeon Car Wash Pranks
Pigeon Car Wash Pranks
This Epic Pigeon Prank Alleviates More Than Just Lots of Laughs
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91
Awkward Food Picture Pranks
Awkward Food Picture Pranks
These YouTube Pranksters Ask Strangers for Food Pictures
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90
Smooching Mistletoe Hoaxes
Smooching Mistletoe Hoaxes
Mistletoe Kissing Prank Captures Unwanted Smooches from the Unexpected
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89
Drive-Thru Marijuana Pranks
Drive-Thru Marijuana Pranks
This Drive-Thru Marijuana Prank Confuses the Window Workers Every Time
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88
Text Addict City Guides
Text Addict City Guides
Prank Collective Improv Everywhere Provide NYC Texters with Seeing Eyes
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87
Creative Fear-Based Ads
Creative Fear-Based Ads
This Ad Agency Will Sear Their Brand Into Your Brain
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86
Ancient April Fool's Pranks
Ancient April Fool's Pranks
Netherlands' Rijksmuseum Takes Shoplifting Back to the 17th Century
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85
Synchronized Siren Stunts
Synchronized Siren Stunts
The 'Car Alarm Symphony' by Improv Everywhere is Noisy
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84
Cell Phone Conversation Pranks
Cell Phone Conversation Pranks
MediocreFilms Just Made a Hilarious Cell Phone Crashing Video
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83
Slimy Sneeze Pranks
Slimy Sneeze Pranks
The Pranker Uses a Misty Spray to Fake Huge Sneezes
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82
Prehistoric Film-Inspired Pranks
Prehistoric Film-Inspired Pranks
This Improv Everywhere Stunt Imagines Jurassic Park in Real Life
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81
Supernatural Elevator Pranks
Supernatural Elevator Pranks
These Elevator Pranks are Perfect for Star Wars Fans
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80
Bad Kleptomaniac High Jinks
Bad Kleptomaniac High Jinks
Jack Vale Loudly Asks Siri 'How to Steal a Purse' for This Prank
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79
Brand Mascot Prank Videos
Brand Mascot Prank Videos
This Hilarious Prank by Kellog's Showcases Cereal Marketing
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78
Multicultural Panhandler Pranks
Multicultural Panhandler Pranks
An Urban Improv Troupe Invades an NYC Subway with High Demands
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77
Mysterious Name-Calling Gags
Mysterious Name-Calling Gags
MagicofRahat’s Drive Through Pranks Make People Think They’re Crazy
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76
Suspicious Stalking Gags
Suspicious Stalking Gags
Jack Vale's Paranoid Name Dropping Prank Makes People Wary
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75
Stealthy Backup Dancer Pranks
Stealthy Backup Dancer Pranks
This Dancing Flash Mob Sneaks Up Behind Unsuspecting Vacationers
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74
Petition to Petition Pranks
Petition to Petition Pranks
Scott Rogowsky Asks People to Sign Up to Stop What He's Doing
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73
Spontaneous Torch Relay Pranks
Spontaneous Torch Relay Pranks
Improv Everywhere's Olympic Torch Run Brings the Games to NYC
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72
Undead Corpse Elevator Pranks
Undead Corpse Elevator Pranks
The Space Channel's Elevator Prank Plays with People's Minds
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71
Confused Fake Date Pranks
Confused Fake Date Pranks
The Camera Captures Tommy Approaching Random Women for Blind Dates
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70
Sci-Fi Character Shopping Pranks
Sci-Fi Character Shopping Pranks
This Improv Everywhere Stunt Takes the Matrix's Neo Shopping
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69
Haunted Shopping Cart Pranks
Haunted Shopping Cart Pranks
This Shopping Cart Prank Spooks Unexpected Shoppers
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68
Airbag Pop-Up Prank Ads
Airbag Pop-Up Prank Ads
MINI Mexico Demonstrates that You Should Never Makeup and Drive
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67
Festive Kissing Pranks
Festive Kissing Pranks
YouTube Prankster Stuart Edge Makes it Snow For Christmas in Arizona
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66
Twin-Like Switch Tricks
Twin-Like Switch Tricks
Jack Vale's Watch My Dog Prank Involves a Look-Alike Friend
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65
Scream-Inducing Spider Pranks
Scream-Inducing Spider Pranks
This Spider Prank Has a Simple Setup and Always Gets a Scream
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64
Drive-Through Zombie Pranks
Drive-Through Zombie Pranks
The Headless Zombie Prank is Sure to Amuse Many People
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63
Inspirational Grocery Gestures
Inspirational Grocery Gestures
Hales Pays For People's Groceries as an Act of Goodwill
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62
Miraculous Water Walking Pranks
Miraculous Water Walking Pranks
MagicofRahat Tricks People with the Walking on Water Prank
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61
Sneaky Fake Birthday Pranks
Sneaky Fake Birthday Pranks
Stuart Edge Manipulates People by Pretending It's His Birthday
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60
Confounding Stranger Pranks
Confounding Stranger Pranks
This Jack Vale Prank Spells Out How to Confuse People
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59
Subway Sleeping Pranks
Subway Sleeping Pranks
Stuart Edge and His Team Take on the NYC Public Transit System
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58
Art-Inhabiting Prankvertisements
Art-Inhabiting Prankvertisements
The Man in a Cube Stunt is a Subtle Ad for a Meditation Program
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57
Telekinetic Film Pranks
Telekinetic Film Pranks
Carrie’s Promotional Film Video Scared the Wits Out of Everyone
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56
Supermarket Social Experiments
Supermarket Social Experiments
Shoppers Get Asked Odd Questions in This Supermarket Prank Video
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55
People-Multiplying Pranks
People-Multiplying Pranks
Coca-Cola Zero Pumps Up the Volume and Numbers at Small Events
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54
Lost Fictive Wizard Pranks
Lost Fictive Wizard Pranks
This Harry Potter Prank Asks for Directions to Hogwarts
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53
Prank Advertising
Prank Advertising
Lacey Walsh Discusses the Best Beer Commercials and Conquering the World
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Prank Photo Advertising
Prank Photo Advertising
Misel Saban Unveils How the Adobe Photoshop Prank Caught People Off-Gaurd
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51
Neglectful Spouse Pranks
Neglectful Spouse Pranks
This Pregnant Prank Makes a Husband Look Terrible
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50
Glue Strength-Testing Pranks
Glue Strength-Testing Pranks
The Items in Fevicol's Store with Free Products are Glued in Place
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49
Drive-Thru Teddy Bear Pranks
Drive-Thru Teddy Bear Pranks
This Drive-Thru Prank Features a Teddy Bear Trying to Find Love
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48
QR Code Contest Pranks
QR Code Contest Pranks
This QR Code Giveaway Prank Plays Up the Frustrations of Technology
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47
Socially Conscious Pranks
Socially Conscious Pranks
Waiter for the Homeless Serves Gourmet Meals to Those in Need
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46
Fake Celeb Photo-Ops
Fake Celeb Photo-Ops
Pretend Celebrity Brett Cohen Plays Pranks in Times Square
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Hilarious People-Trapping Hoaxes
Hilarious People-Trapping Hoaxes
The Sticky Passage Prank Keeps You on Your Toes
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44
Decapitated Monster Pranks
Decapitated Monster Pranks
This Headless Prank is Simple and Still Terrifying
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Wizardly Dark Magic Pranks
Wizardly Dark Magic Pranks
This Harry Potter Dementor Prank Scares People
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Spontaneous Dating Pranks
Spontaneous Dating Pranks
The Instant Date Prank Springs Dates onto Unsuspecting People
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41
Subtle Yawning Pranks
Subtle Yawning Pranks
This Roman Atwood Funny Prank Will Get You Yawning
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40
Horrendously Uncomfortable Pranks
Horrendously Uncomfortable Pranks
The 'Awkward Mistletoe' Joke Takes Street Kissing Too Far
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39
Twin Teleportation Pranks
Twin Teleportation Pranks
Prank vs Prank Uses Twins to Convince People of Teleportation
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38
Evil Baby Viral Pranks
Evil Baby Viral Pranks
This Viral Devil Baby Video Will Scare you into Theaters for 'Devil's Due'
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Online Oversharing Pranks (UPDATED)
Online Oversharing Pranks (UPDATED)
These Social Media Experiments Play with Info Shared Online
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Electrifying Kissing Pranks
Electrifying Kissing Pranks
Stuart Edge's 330 Volt Kissing Prank Will Shock You
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Telekinetic Movie Promo Pranks
Telekinetic Movie Promo Pranks
This Woman Used Her ‘Telekinetic Powers’ in a Coffee Sh
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Mischievous Matchmaker Pranks
Mischievous Matchmaker Pranks
This Valentine's Day Prank Plays Cupid with Unsuspecting Strangers
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Hilarious Hand-Holding Pranks
Hilarious Hand-Holding Pranks
The ‘Holding People’s Hand’ Video is Fantastically
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Scented Phone Pranks
Scented Phone Pranks
Jimmy Kimmel's Phone Prank Tricked People into Thinking a Phone Was Scented
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Teleporting Prank Campaigns
Teleporting Prank Campaigns
The Audience is Dumbfounded When Twins Disappear Through Teleportator
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30
Yoga Pant Prank Videos
Yoga Pant Prank Videos
This Hilarious Yoga Pants Prank Fools People Who Decide to Sneak a Peek
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Shared Personal Info Pranks
Shared Personal Info Pranks
This Social Media Experiment Freaks Out Strangers with "Personal" Info
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Online Oversharing Pranks
Online Oversharing Pranks
This Jack Vale Prank Uses Info People Share Online To Trick Them
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Fake Product Pranks
Fake Product Pranks
Upwell Installed Its Own Multifunctional Light Switch in IKEA
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Student-Scaring Pregnancy Hoaxes
Student-Scaring Pregnancy Hoaxes
This Fake Pregnancy Prank Raises Awareness on Teen Pregnancy
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Bloody Soap Pranks
Bloody Soap Pranks
This Terrifying Halloween Prank Makes People Think They Have Bloody Hands
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Terrifying Urban Zombie Pranks
Terrifying Urban Zombie Pranks
The AMC Walking Dead Hoax Terrorized Unsuspecting New Yorkers
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Conversation Hijacking Pranks
Conversation Hijacking Pranks
Medicore Films Confuses Callers with This Cell Phone Prank
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Remote Control Rodent Pranks
Remote Control Rodent Pranks
These Pedestrians Get a Scare Courtesy of this Funny Rat Prank
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Horrifying Cinematic Doll Pranks
Horrifying Cinematic Doll Pranks
‘The Curse of Chucky’ Will Scare the Living Daylights
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Costumed Central Park Pranks
Costumed Central Park Pranks
Ed Bassmaster Scares Strangers in New York Dressed as Bush Man
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Bus Stop Photoshop Pranks
Bus Stop Photoshop Pranks
Erik Johansson Uses Adobe Photoshop Live To Prank Bus Stop Waiters
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18
Simulated Crash Bathroom Pranks
Simulated Crash Bathroom Pranks
The Think! Pub Loo Shocker Campaign Dissuades Drinking and Driving
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17
Killer Clown Office Pranks
Killer Clown Office Pranks
Trend Hunter Pranked Its Employees First Thing in the Morning
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Online Friendship-Testing Stunts
Online Friendship-Testing Stunts
Greg Benson Goes Out to Visit His Real Life Facebook Friends
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15
Ghostly Drive-Thru Pranks
Ghostly Drive-Thru Pranks
The Invisible Drive-Thru Prank Stuns Unsuspecting Fast Food Employees
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14
Scary Storefront Snowman Videos
Scary Storefront Snowman Videos
This Fake Snowman Prank Works Every Time
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13
Faux Celebrity Pranks
Faux Celebrity Pranks
These Celebrity Pranks Will Make You Question the Last Celebrity You Saw
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12
Malicious Mummy Pranks
Malicious Mummy Pranks
This Corpse Elevator Prank From Brazil Leaves People Screaming For Help
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11
Formalwear Beach Parties
Formalwear Beach Parties
Improv Everywhere's Black Tie Beach Stunt
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Friendship-Testing Beer Ads
Friendship-Testing Beer Ads
This Carlsberg Commercial Puts Friendships to the Test
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9
Terrifyingly Playful Pranks
Terrifyingly Playful Pranks
Courtney Scharf Offers Ideas for April Fools Pranks to Make You Jump
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Gold Digger-Repelling Pranks
Gold Digger-Repelling Pranks
This 'VitalyzdTv' Prank Thwarts Materialistic Women
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Asphalt-Cooked Meals
Asphalt-Cooked Meals
The WWF Global Warming Menu Cooks Food on Hot Pavement
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Ghostbusting Flash Mobs
Ghostbusting Flash Mobs
Ghostbuster Improv Takes Over the New York City Public Library
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Greeting Total Strangers
Greeting Total Strangers
Improv Everywhere Heads to JFK for "Welcome Back"
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4
Font-Changing Website Pranks
Font-Changing Website Pranks
This Klm Advertising Campaign Changed All of Its Fonts to Comic Sans
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3
Test Drive Prank Ads
Test Drive Prank Ads
Watch What Happens When Jeff Gordon Pulls Stunts in this Pepsi Commercial
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Best Buy Fearful of People Dressed Like Its Employees
Best Buy Fearful of People Dressed Like Its Employees
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Bisected Man Stunts
Bisected Man Stunts
The 'Split Man' Prank by Andy Gross Terrifies Unsuspecting Spectators
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