Pranks pulled on campus and across the country on the first of the month
News | Greta Sowles
YouTube's "Kid President," Robby Novak, appeared instead of President Obama in a video on the White House's website as part of an April Fools' Day prank. | Photo for The Clarion courtesy of CBS News Online/Youtube
Everybody loves a harmless April Fools’ Day prank, even YouTube and President Obama.
According to Time magazine, YouTube released a video on Sunday, March 31 with the title “YouTube’s ready to select a winner.” In the video, the employees of YouTube explained that the site will be shutting down and undergoing the task of choosing the best video. The winner would be announced when the site returned in 2023 and they would receive an mp3 player and a $500 stipend to begin another creative work.
In the video, YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar said, “We started YouTube in 2005 as a contest with a simple goal to find the best video in the world.”
The contest’s panel of judges featured distinguished film critics, commentators and some of the most famous YouTube celebrities, including Antoine Dodson, whose “Bed Intruder” Auto-Tune video went viral in 2010.
“I encourage everybody to watch as many videos as possible before YouTube deletes everything tonight,” Dodson said in the video.
“By the way ... April Fools! ;-)” appeared at the very end of the video description, potentially fooling over 10 million viewers.
The White House also played a simple prank on April Fools’ Day. It was announced that there would be a special video message from the President, but instead of starring President Obama, Robby Novak, who plays “Kid President” in a series of popular YouTube videos, appeared on screen. When the presidential music played, Novak popped up and said, “It looks like you were expecting someone else.”
Although Bethel’s April Fools’ Day jokes seemed confined to fake engagements on Facebook, a comical joke occurred earlier at the start of the annual BSA Easter egg hunt.
A group of male sophomores bought and hid the same kind of eggs as the annual BSA egg hunt. Normally the eggs contain a BSA stamped slip with a number on it, which is then turned in to claim a prize that corresponds to the number. The slips inside the fake eggs instructed winners to call certain numbers or talk to certain professors in order to claim a “grand prize.”
Sophomore Johnny Indlecoffer received a call from a student seeking a prize. “Everyone was falling for it,” said Indlecoffer. “And honestly, everything was clean. It was all in fun.”
Jessica Young, BSA’s director of BU traditions, explained that many of the students who came to the commons tables to return fake eggs were freshmen. “It was awkward when people came up with fake eggs, because you want to give everybody prizes,” she said.
Young estimated that around 20-30 fake eggs were hidden and returned by students in anticipation of a prize. Unfortunately, the spreadsheet that labels each egg slip with an associated prize was very particular, and BSA could not afford to give out prizes to those who did not find real eggs.
April Fools’ Day is not the only day for pranking. Pranks like the egg hunt happen all around campus, during every season of the year.
Sophomores Drea Chalmers, Bethany Hall, Kassie Hall, Chelsea Weitzel, Holly Gabbert and Lauren St. John, who live in Arden Village East have been the consistent victims of the pranks of a group of sophomore men. Near the beginning of the year, the men – Alex Tunel, Nick Reich, Chad Cyboran, Matt Lund, Chris Christianson and Jake Zea – stole pillows and other objects from the women’s dorm room, took pictures with the stolen objects and had the pictures printed. They used these pictures to fill empty frames that were previously hanging on a wall in the women's living room.
In a second prank, the men wrapped everything in the women’s room in newspaper. “Down to the pens and pencils, everything was newspapered,” said Bethany Hall. To get the men back, the group of women stole food and flags from the men’s dorm room.
Last year, some individuals changed Getsch Hall’s painted windows that read “In Pursuit” to “In Pooooop,” and it remained there for the rest of the year.
Needless to say, Bethel also loves a good, clean prank, and the stories are sure to continue.