April Fools' Day is our favorite time to poke gentle fun at each other. If you're looking to pull an effective prank on someone you know and love -- or even loathe -- pay particular attention to that person's horoscope sign. It's a great way to ensure your trick will hit the mark, whether your target is a trusting Taurus or a suspicious Scorpio.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Anybody who has ever hung out with a Ram knows these folks expect to be first in all things. If you'd like to have a little fun with your favorite Aries, make reservations at a fancy restaurant, then tip the maitre d' to seat a bunch of latecomers before you. Don't let this trick play out too long, though. This sign is famous for its red-hot temper!
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
There's no doubt about it: Bulls love their creature comforts. The best way to get under this sign's skin is to deprive them of their vices. Claim that the grocery store stopped carrying their favorite cookies. Pretend that the dry cleaner lost their cashmere sweater. Say that you used their expensive body lotion on the dog's chapped paws.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Geminis love to gather information. If you'd like to pull this sign's leg, call when you know they'll be out. Leave a message that you've got some really, really important news. Then sit back and let your voice mail pick up all of your calls. When your pal finally does get hold of you and demands to know the big scoop, yell, "April Fools'!"
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
The Crab is known to be a bit of a hoarder -- this sign is always saving pennies for a rainy day. All it takes to have a little fun with a Cancer, then, is a quarter and a tube of superglue. Simply affix the coin within sight of Cancer's favorite chair and watch the fun unfold. For more kicks, you can take bets on how long it will take the Crab to liberate the quarter. Keep in mind, this is one of the most persistent signs in the zodiac!
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Lions take great pride in their appearance. The next time this sign sweeps into the room in a stunning outfit, have a clothing tag ready that reads "Reduced Price - Factory Reject," and then arrange to distract Leo while you strategically pin or tape the sign to their jacket or shirt. To add insult to injury, make a point of praising someone else’s outfit after the tag's been discovered.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
This nit-picking sign takes curious pleasure in tucking in the label of your shirt, brushing the fluff off your collar, or pointing out that your shoelace is untied. If you'd like to get back at the Virgin, simply put a spool of thread into the breast pocket of your coat, and then attach a sewing needle to the end of the thread. Run the thread down your sleeve and poke it through the fabric of your sleeve, right above the cuff. Leave about two inches of thread hanging loose, then snip off the needle. Once the Virgin spots the errant thread, they won't be able to resist the urge to pull it ... and pull it ... and pull it. You get the idea.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Libra can't bear it when others are inconsiderate. Therefore, plan to borrow something secretly from this sign. Write a polite note saying you needed it, that you'll treat it with care and that you'll return it as soon as you're back from your vacation. Thank Libra profusely for their understanding, and then dash off an illegible signature, leaving Libra to wonder who made off with their favorite lamp, chair, or stapler.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Scorpio is the detective of the zodiac. If you suspect this sign of snooping where they shouldn't, place a folder marked CONFIDENTIAL in a prominent spot. Inside the folder, place a folded note that says, "Thanks for helping me organize my files, Scorpio. However, I'm going to need this folder tomorrow, so just leave it where it is." To ensure your trick works, pluck a hair from your head and place it inside the note. If the hair is missing when you open the folder, you know Scorpio fell into your trap!
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Archers will do anything to get a laugh, because they can't bear it when life gets too serious. If you'd like to turn the tables on your favorite Sag, refuse to smile at their antics. Remain stony-faced when they purposely dribble food down their fronts, talk in weird accents, and perform dead-on impersonations. Then have someone tell a lame joke, and laugh hysterically.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Goats are famous for their strong social climbing skills. Sometimes, their snobbery can wear a little thin. If you want to try to get a rise out of Capricorn, embrace the lowest common denominator. Serve peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches for lunch. Quote Paris Hilton extensively. Cite Britney Spears and Kevin Federline as your fashion icons.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Aquarians take great pride in marching to the beat of their own drummer. The best way to tease these rebels is by conforming. Program all the channels on their car radio to the same Top Ten station. Refuse to read any books that haven't been recommended by Oprah. Suggest that they tone down their look in order to fit in.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Pisceans are incredibly sensitive and compassionate. Fish have been known to burst into tears at the sight of a sad-eyed puppy. If you'd like to poke gentle fun at this sign, arrange to have a friend tell a terrible sob story, then make crass and unfeeling comments. The gentle Pisces you know and love will turn into a raging spitfire!
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