The Brief: April Fools Day 2020 takes place during a pandemic, causing some people to shy away from the holiday while others continue to share pranks, jokes, and memes.
Should April Fools Day Be Canceled?
As April 1st, 2020 falls during a global pandemic, not everyone feels like celebrating. Google even canceled their annual prank, which is usually a staple in the April Fools prank-o-sphere. Many people called for April Fools Day to be canceled as this pandemic presents such a serious and tragic situation. Others suggested that the day should be canceled because the entirety of 2020 has been a “joke.”
All that considered, everyone has different ways of coping and as long as no one is being harmed or put at risk, it can be ok to have a bit of April Fools Day fun, share memes, and even play a light prank.
No April Fools this year. We've been through enough
— Dubloadz (@Dubloadz) April 1, 2020
No April fools this year cus this whole year already been a big joke
— MONXX (@monxxbeats) April 1, 2020
Best April Fools Day Memes & Jokes Of 2020
For those who aren’t ready to celebrate this April Fools Day:
ANYONE: April fools!
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) April 1, 2020
April Fools 2020 really be like: pic.twitter.com/Jw2gRCM6pD
— grayth (@contrlbeat) April 1, 2020
Shoutout to all the clowns out there!
I don't have any April Fools jokes but instead I will bless your tl with this cute clown teddy bear. 🧸💗🌈 pic.twitter.com/H2MbAACarb
— ✨🌈 Sprinkle Puptart 🌈✨ (@Dolcisprinkles) April 1, 2020
It’s April First, you know what that means.
*I silently put a second clown nose on top of my existing clown nose*
— Grantom of the Himbopera (@grantthethief) April 1, 2020
Trying to act celebratory during a lockdown or quarantine isn’t easy.
I don’t miss human connection!!! Jk April fools got ya
— Alyssa Limperis (@alyssalimp) April 1, 2020
I remember a time when April 1st meant looking forward to dope April Fools Day jokes. Today it just means we somehow survived the longest March in history.
— Joey Sasso (@joey_sasso) April 1, 2020
For anyone who’s looking for an excuse to text their ex today:
It’s April Fools today. Kinda makes me think how I was such a fool to let things end the way they did. Hope you and the fam are doing well, you don’t have to reply pic.twitter.com/oDo285TwEH
— Ryan Duarte (@mhite_wamba) April 1, 2020
me scrolling through social media on april fools day: pic.twitter.com/7lNkLqvJer
— eric cowan (@cowanado) April 1, 2020
A relatable April Fools letdown for Animal Crossing players:
April Fools Pranks
As pranks can sometimes be thinly veiled harassment, they’ve always been a bit iffy. This April Fools Day, some people still managed to find ways to prank each other to pass the time during quarantine, or to just be a jerk and then yell “Apil fools!”
On Reddit, prank shenanigans have included subreddits switching places with each other as pictured below with r/HistoryMemes and r/PrequelMemes. For more like this, check out this crowdsourced list of Reddit and internet pranks occurring today.
My mom panicked this morning that she was getting a text scam and they were charging her account. So I look at the texts. No links, doesn’t look like a normal phishing scam. Then I read the messages…
— Erin Gallagher (@3r1nG) April 1, 2020
An honorable mention to one of the greatest pranksters of all time: Jim from The Office.
In honor of April fools day, here’s the greatest prank the office ever did. pic.twitter.com/3PuU89XxHI
— FATHER D ➐ (@ayosworIdd) April 1, 2020
Note: your kids won’t be happy if you trick them into thinking they’ll have to go to summer school.
I despise #AprilFools gags. They’re so yesterday.
But I had to deliver this one just to prove my family hates me. pic.twitter.com/GBDtnlAFyc
— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) April 1, 2020
My manager: LOUIE!!! Did you see that Nicki Minaj retweeted you?!?
Me: WHAT?! SHUT UP! *runs to Twitter*
Me: realizes it’s April fools..
My manager: April fools!!!
— ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀᴅᴅᴇsᴛ (@louiecasttro) April 1, 2020
The Orlando Airport managed to combine a quick trick and a message about staying at home in this tweet:
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) April 1, 2020
— Will Foulger (@willfoulger) April 1, 2020
A pun-filled toilet paper shortage prank:
— 🇰 🇦 🇹 🇴 🇳 🇪 (@KatoneRoberts) April 1, 2020