Dedication: The Ak-scent
There are two things that make great pranks: Timing and Dedication. And 26-year-old comedian and Army Veteran Jose Barrientos perfected both. Barrientos enrolled in Speech 101 at Los Angeles City College, and decided to fool his classmates <span style="text-decoration:underline;">for months</span> with a Mexican accent until the end of the semester when he revealed (and thankfully filmed!) when he dropped the ruse. Half got it and thought it was funny," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/jose-barrientos-comedian-pranks-students-fake-accent-video_n_2204515.html" target="_blank">Barrientos told L.A. Weekly. </a>"The other half was kind of upset because they felt duped and thought we were friends and thought they knew me. Some thought I was giving Hispanics a bad name. Those people were not Hispanic. But the negativity was part of their own filter."
Don't Forget: Fear = Funny
Because nothing says funny like watching strangers pee their pants in fear...the Brazilian prank show <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/ghost-elevator-prank-brazil-tv-show_n_2197560.html" target="_blank">"Silvio Santos Program"</a> decided to scare the bejesus out of some (hopefully not claustrophobic) bystanders.
Look For The Optimal Opportunity
Let's be honest, if you're asking for a Hispanic actor with "ability to speak english with heavy accent" on Craigslist you're asking for trouble. Things quickly turn from "Shadi" to "S**tty" on this prank phone call, sí?
Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously
What's better than pranking celebrities? Celebs fooling regular people. (Sorry Ashton, you were Punk'd) The key is to push the limits of the star and in this video Colombian actress Sofía Vergara proved she has no problem making a fool of herself for a laugh!
Think Outside The Bun...The Taco Liberty Bell
Think Big and you'll go down in history. And on April 1, 1996 the nation’s favorite Tex-Mex fast-food chain <a href="http://guanabee.com/2009/04/taco-liberty-bell-april-fools" target="_blank">secured their spot</a> when they purchased full-page ads in The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, Washington Post, among other national newspapers, to announce that the historic Liberty Bell has been bought by the Taco giant and renamed the “Taco Liberty Bell.” And hilarity ensued when those fooled <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/april-fools-pranks-media-2011-3?op=1" target="_blank">took to the streets in protest! </a>
Happy April Fools' Day!
As you begin to de-foil your office desk and prepare your ultimate revenge, we present you with a A Short Latino Guide To April Fools’ Pranks. By gathering some of the most ingenious and hilarious Latino tricksters on the Internet, we hope to inspire you to use your Hispanic powers for mischievous evil today.
Despite the fact that in Latin America and in Spain the day for antics is el Día de los Santos Inocentes on Dec. 28, the truth is any excuse to prank a friend should not be passed.
Some of the pranks above may seem a tad elaborate and time consuming, but you don’t go down in history without a lot of creativity and dedication.
Check out these 5 hilarious pranks and some from last year's Día de los Inocentes below. And tell us your best April Fools pranks in the comments.
"Our son has been born! We are very happy! Thank you all for your messages!," said soccer player Gerard Piqué.
"He has a name already! His name is Innocence! Happy "Día de los Inocentes" to everyone!," he tweeted a couple of hour after.
Spanish tenis player, Rafael Nadal, explained early in the morning what "Día de los Inocentes" meant to his followers in Twitter. "So beware, you should neither believe nor trust anyone!" he advised.
"Today I decided to retire from music. It was nice while it lasted. Thank you for everything. Farewell," said Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz on a tweet.
"But hey, no one has believed me? :) Well... Happy "Día de los Inocentes". You guys spoiled my joke ;)," clarify the singer after a couple of minutes. "A big hug to everyone who has an innocent heart...", he added.
But not all jokes are always funny, there are others who have also crossed the line. Some time ago, a rumor spread on Twitter on "Día de los Santos Inocentes" assuring the popular Argentinian singer and songwriter Gustavo Cerati, who has been in a coma for some time, had awakened. <a href="http://la.eonline.com/argentina/2010/15098/el-dia-de-los-inocentes-enfurecio-a-los-fans-de-cerati">Fans everywhere were very angry </a>at this false news. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
The popular Mexican singer Jenni Rivera was also victim of pranks on "Día de los Santos Inocentes". "I almost do not make jokes, but on one occasion on ["Día de los Inocentes"] my brother Juan told me that he was in prison for requesting prostitutes in the street, he did not want his wife to know, so he needed me to go and get him out. He made that on air on a radio station, and I didn't know. I scolded him and told him he was a cheeky bastard... I can't forget that..." <a href="http://entretenimiento.terra.com.mx/famosos/famosos-victimas-de-bromas-en-el-dia-de-los-inocentes,d0d2f88af8584310VgnVCM4000009bf154d0RCRD.html">said Jenni to Terra.com.</a> (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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