Well, Happy April Fools’ Day once again, everyone!
Last year I posted some funny sleep-related April Fools’ pranks:
To expand on this tradition I’m posting some more humor today. I present here some of my more favorite sleep-related practical jokes. This year I’ve had a hard time finding video sufficiently clean to include in this post. I’ve done my best to screen for language and out-and-out meanness. As always, do not try any of these pranks at home.
Our first gag comes from Japan, land of crazy, well-orchestrated, and televised practical jokes. The pranks the Japanese show on television would never float here in the U.S., where people sue other people just for looking at them wrong. This is way over the top, quite literally. I would hate to be the guy pranked here. Check it out.
Here is a guy pretending to be so sleepy that he sleeps standing up, leaning in on other people, and generally freaking people out, especially the last guy. For the record, falling asleep in public places is quite common, though usually not as dramatically as depicted here; people think of narcolepsy when they hear of people falling asleep in public like this, but actually the most common cause of sleepiness is sleep deprivation, such as from pulling an all-nighter.
Anyone who has seen the Japanese or American versions of The Ring will find this instantly familiar and hilarious. The women who was pranked seemed to take the joke in her stride.
The classic wake-up prank involves an air horn. There are hundreds of examples of this form of rude awakening on the web. Here’s a quick one featuring the Burger King!
I also love rude awakenings in the car, particularly the ones that involve screaming and scaring the pants off of the unsuspecting, slumbering passenger. You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Here’s a nice example:
And here, at last, is my very favorite sleep-related prank video of the year. It’s short and silent, but hilarious: for a brief period of time, this man becomes a guitar hero to all who slumber. Enjoy!
OK, OK, I have to give you one more. This is a repeat from last year, but it’s so great I have to post it again. Have a great day!