however, since this is about 'wake up' pranks
the classic of all time is putting the person's hand in a basin filled with slightly warm water and setting the sink to drip at a moderate pace(or put rain sound effects on the persons stereo system)
years back(was in my 20's at the time), a friend(he had been drummer with the group Ambrosia) was staying over and slept on a couch in the living room. He fell asleep with headphones on. I turned the stereo off, set the volume to maximum, set the radio in between stations so it would play static, then switched the system on. Never saw someone jump up so fast out of a sound sleep.
Guess this thread is about picking up ideas for April Fool's jokes.
two secrets to a good April Fool's joke is to
---convince someone that something terrible has happened. The best way to do the trick is to have the 'something terrible' be something that could quite likely happen.
A while back I worked day shift in the hospital. It was a period of time in which the hospital was frequently cutting hours and leaving nursing stations short staffed. In addition, the ER at the hospital had the habit of transferring patients to the floor in groups instead of one at a time. For once, our shift had a light workload and at end of shift we were just basically waiting around for night shift to come in. The next day was April 1. Our floor had a number of patient rooms empty for achange. I went to the big board at the nursing station that lists the rooms, patient names, doctors and made some changes. I added a bunch of clearly bogus names(ie---Bunny, B, Washington G, Lewinski M, Simpson, OJ, etc) and put those pieces of paper with those names on in a position on the board that was used to indicate that the patient had not arrived yet and was an admission coming to the floor. I did this with 10 fake names. Sure as $#%#, the hospital short staffed the night shift so they would be short a nurse for the shift. They started arriving for work one at a time off the elevator. One of the first things a nurse does on arrival to the floor is look at the board to see what the workload would be. Each of them saw what looked to be 10 patients to be admitted and that they were short a nurse. Male and female nurses coming to work that night saw the board and started swearing ,crying, etc. We let each of them suffer a bit then told them to look at the patient names to be admitted at which point they started swearing again and promising to get even. Last to arrive was the night shift charge nurse who looked at the board then asked our charge nurse what was going on. Our charge nurse said that we had just got caught up but that earlier when ER called to let us know we'd be getting admissions we were swamped at the time and asked them if they could send the patients up during the next shift. When told that, the night shift charge nurse went into the med room, shut the door, and started yelling and kicking the crap out of the copy machine. She came out of the med room after a couple of minutes to see all of us laughing and pointing to the names on the board. At which point he realized we got her good.
Another way to get someone, is to tell them something pretty good that they wanted has happened. But that it be something within the realm of possibility. Get them happy then shoot them down with 'April Fool's'!!!. On our football board post a thread title about some asst coach at FSU leaving, or getting arrested, etc,,,and post in the message 'April Fool's!'
On Rivals message board I tease opposing team fans by starting a thread titled "Gator player arrested'. and posting 'April Fools!!!'. Guaranteed with a thread title like that that every Nole, Cane, Buckeye, Bulldog, etc is definitely lured into clicking on the topic to find out which player got arrested.