These Funny Pranks Are So Perfectly Subtle, They're Brilliant

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Cousin Ewok Says Hello

Ewok picture
Via reddit/s-r-h.

Whether it's April Fool's Day or just your average boring Wednesday, pranks are an excellent way to keep your friends and family on their toes. We wouldn't want them to become complacent thinking they're all comfortable and safe from shenanigans, would we? No way! 

Some pranks are obvious, like when someone covers your office cubicle in Justin Bieber posters, for example. Other pranks are so simple, they're actually beyond clever, like Jeff Wysaski's Obvious Plant project. Then you've got your iPhone shortcut pranks and your 4chan-instigated internet pranks—all great! Still, none of those pranks are quite as nice as the ones that are so subtle that you might not even notice them for days, weeks, even years.

The pranks below fall into the subtle category. This cute Ewok picture was uploaded by an intrepid Redditor along with the caption, "Day 53; the folks still haven't noticed." Hilarious! Check out more simple and subtle pranks that are so subtle they might just sneak up on you when you least expect it!

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That's Just Cousin Vladimir Putin

Putin prank
Via Reddit/kittie-cat.

This redditor is another who has mastered the "long con" method of pranking. Wonder how long it took for his family to notice cousin Vlad up there?

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Oh Hi, Nicolas Cage

Nic Cage framed pic
Via reddit/lewp008.

Further proof that Nicolas Cage is in everything, even your living room.

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These Copies Need More Nic

Nic Cage Copier prank
Via Mashable.

Some of those office pranks can get very intricate, but this Nic Cage caper is hilariously subtle.

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There's Something Wrong With This Wireless Mouse

wireless mouse prank
Via Guff.

So simple, yet so funny! Just connect a wireless mouse to some unsuspecting sap's laptop and give their workday an infuriating twist. "Why does my mouse keep moving??!"

The perfect prank to pull on that coworker you not-so-secretly hate.

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This Mouse Has Been Terminated

Terminator Mouse
Via trending-buzzz.net.

If you're not reading this in the Terminator's voice, you're doing it wrong.

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Happy Holidays! Let's All Be Evil

Rearranged Christmas Decoration
Via reddit/huntinjunkey.

This poor Mom's cutesy Christmas decoration took a strange turn when her kid came home from college. Why believe when you can be evil?

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Hark! There's A Sniper in the Manger

sniper in manger
Via reddit/taxmaster23.

"Day 14 at my parents' house and they still haven't noticed"

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I Don't Know Whether To Wash With It Or Eat It

cheese soap prank
Via reddit/milodeceiving.

 "I replaced my friend's fancy soap with a block of fancy cheese."

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Surprise Pennywise

Pennywise prank
Via Instagram/marleyransom.

Just cut out a terrifying image and place it in a drawer... and then wait for the scream....

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Your Tires Have Been Slashed!

Slash Tires
Via Instagram/thatgirl_sara18.

Freak out someone you love by telling them their tires have been slashed. Bonus points if you sing "Welcome to the Jungle" after they see they've been had.

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The Long Con Gum Prank

long con gum prank
Via reddit/Ownagetacos.

This person spent six months "conditioning" her coworkers to come get gum from her, only to replace the gum with not-so-delicious Play-Doh on April Fool's Day. Talk about pulling off a long con! Kudos.

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This Place Is Bugged!

Bug lamp
Via sayyes.com.

Here's another trap to set and then sit back and wait for the scream.

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Eyebombs, Eyebombs Everywhere

eyebombing prank
Via eyebombing.com.

All you need is a handful of googly eyes (available at any craft store) and you can start "eyebombing" everything that stands still. Eyes in the fridge, eyes around the office, eyes everywhere!

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This Device Only Accepts Voice Commands

subtle office prank
Via Imgur/Renfieldgrey.

Here's a brilliant but subtle way to make all of your coworkers start yelling at inanimate objects. Because there's nothing funnier than making people act like they've got a few screws loose!

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What's Under The Carpet?

carpet prank
Via reddit/prettyoffbase.

A redditor painted this faux crime scene onto the subfloor for the new owners to discover down the line. This prank has the potential to get the police called on you, but who cares? You'll be long gone by then anyway! 

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How About A Nice Chicken Broth Shower?

Chicken broth shower prank
Via Imgur.

So mean, but so awesome. The most vicious part of this prank is how slowly it builds up; you know that bullion is going to get stronger and more chickeny as the shower progresses!

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Screen Shot Prank

screen shot prank
Via howtogeek.

Place an embarrassing folder on the desktop, take a screenshot, then set the screenshot as the desktop background and watch as your victim scrambles to try to delete the embarrassing folder. An oldie but a goodie! 

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When You're Expecting Chocolate But Get Raisins Instead

toast prank
Via reddit/Boogsiefil.

A mom shared this prank she played on her 11 year-old son on reddit. Biting into a raisin when you're expecting chocolate... yuck.

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Spider Cup Prank

spider cup prank
Via wix.

Make sure you make it look like the killer spider chewed his way out through the cup so that you can watch them squirm all day!

Looking for more prank ideas? Check out these funny April Fool's Day pranks!

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Jenkins, Beverly. "These Funny Pranks Are So Perfectly Subtle, They're Brilliant." ThoughtCo, Mar. 22, 2017, thoughtco.com/funny-subtle-pranks-that-are-sneaky-and-brilliant-4134675. Jenkins, Beverly. (2017, March 22). These Funny Pranks Are So Perfectly Subtle, They're Brilliant. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/funny-subtle-pranks-that-are-sneaky-and-brilliant-4134675 Jenkins, Beverly. "These Funny Pranks Are So Perfectly Subtle, They're Brilliant." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/funny-subtle-pranks-that-are-sneaky-and-brilliant-4134675 (accessed November 21, 2017).