April Fools' Day pranks that probably won't get you fired

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April Fools' Day pranks that probably won't get you fired

CREATED Apr. 1, 2013

Web Producer: Laura Kittell, Sara Wright

TUCSON (AP) - If you hear something unusual today, you may want to take it with a grain of salt. Remember, it's April Fools' Day, and there are always pranksters, setting people up for a joke.

It's become a tradition for some of the big online companies, like Google and YouTube, to spoof their users.

We've put together some pretty harmless office pranks for your enjoyment today!

Pardon me, I can't hear you - Place a small piece of clear tape over the speaker part of the handset and watch the person get annoyed at the caller. For more fun remove the tape for a while then stick it back. Continue this on and off throughout the day.

The old flip screen routine - Click Ctrl+Alt+the down arrow and the display will flip vertically and the mouse controls with it. Impossible to get out of unless you know the shortcut which is the same, but with the up arrow instead.

Dead mouse – No, we're not talking about killing any real animals here. Put a sticker or tape a piece of paper under the mouse on their computer. Whether it's a laser mouse or a ball-rolling mouse, the sticker will interfere with the mouse's ability to work. Once they finally realize why their mouse isn't working, they will look under their mouse and see the sticker or tape. Don't forget to write "April Fools" on it!

Adn our personal favorite ... Dead monitors!

Our Executive Producer sneaked into the Weather Center overnight and changed the brightness settings so all the monitors were dark! When April Madison came in, she spent 15 minutes trying to figure out what happened.