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Cat Facts Prank – The best April Fool’s prank I’ve EVER pulled! (UPDATE)

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If you’re looking for an April Fool’s Day prank that will really “get” somebody good -  I highly recommend the Cat Facts Prank!! 

(NOTE: I’ve updated this post with directions to set up a Google Voice account – which you’ll need to text anonymously)

Jamie here, over the years I’ve pulled lots of little April Fool’s pranks on family and friends, but this by far the BEST April Fool’s prank I’ve ever done to anyone. ;)

I first saw this prank here, and besides it being completely brilliant, the recipient of this prank probably won’t end up hating you for encasing their stapler in Jello or soaking them with the sink nozzle.

How the Cat Facts Prank works:

The main gist of Cat Facts prank is that you’ll send someone a text saying they are now subscribed to Cat Facts.  Then begin texting fun and random cat facts. (You can get lots of cat facts here)

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Around the 2nd or 3rd text, include an option to cancel the cat facts.  When they follow the cancellation directions, gleefully ignore them, text a few more facts, and change up the unsubscribe commands.  When they again try to unsubscribe, ignore their request, text more facts, and change the directions again.  Repeat.

They’ll play along, getting increasingly irritated until you decide they’ve had enough torture (or run out of cat facts to send them) ;)

Sound like something you’d like to subject a loved one to?  Alright, let’s get started!

First of all, you’ll need to set up a free Google Voice account – because you can send Texts without it showing up as your name/number.  This is crucial the the Cat Facts prank!  Here’s how to do the Cat Facts Prank by first setting up a free texting phone # in Google Voice.

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How to text anonymously from Google Voice account:

  1. Set up a FREE Google Voice Account and Check that you want a new number (so yours won’t be recognized)
  2. When asked for a forwarding #, enter your own mobile phone number.
  3. Google will then verify that you have access to this phone by calling you.
  4. You’ll now be asked to make up your pretend phone # – have fun with it!  (I typed in “Cat” and hit search – it found me an available # with the word cat in it ;) )
  5. You’re now ready to TEXT!  Choose Text from the left-sidebar and enter the phone number of your victim.  Text them a cat fact and hit SEND.

The person I really wanted to prank was my brother-in-law who is a barrel-racing, truck-driving, cattle-raising kind of guy.  He loves dogs and country music.  Exactly the kind of guy who would welcome random (and copious amounts) of Cat Facts text messages. Right??

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Here’s part of the transcript of the Cat Facts Prank I did to my brother-in-law last year – God love, him he did forgive me eventually…

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Me: Cat Facts: Thanks for signing up for Cat Facts! You now will receive fun daily facts about CATS! >o< 2:22 PM
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Brother-in-Law: Stop 2:22 PM
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Me: Cat Facts: Cats use their tails for balance and have nearly 30 individual bones in them! <To cancel Daily Cat Facts, reply ‘cancel’> 2:25 PM
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Brother-in-Law: Cancel 2:26 PM
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Me:Cat Facts: In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death. Thank you for choosing Cat Facts! 2:27 PM
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Brother-in-Law: Cancel!! Stop!! 2:28 PM
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Me: Cat Facts: Did you know that the first cat show was held in 1871 at the Crystal Palace in London? Mee-wow! 2:31 PM
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Brother-in-Law: ‘cancel’> 2:32 PM
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Me:Cat Facts: Did you know there are about 100 distinct breeds of domestic cat? Plenty of furry love! 4:00 PM

Me:Cat Facts: Cats bury their feces to cover their trails from predators. <To cancel Cat Facts, reply catfactscancel> 4:10 PM

Brother-in-Law: Cancel catfactscancel 4:12 PM

Me: Cat Facts: Command not recognized. Please let us know you are human by completing the following sentence: Your favorite animal is the _______. 4:33 PM

Brother-in-Law: Cancel catfacts 4:39 PM

Me: Please let us know you are not a bot by completing the following sentence: Your favorite animal is the _______. 4:41 PM

Brother-in-Law: Dog 4:42 PM

Me:INCORRECT. Your favorite animal is the cat. Welcome to Cat Facts! You will continue to receive new and exciting cat facts every <hour>. 4:48 PM

This one was my favorite – it totally send him over the edge :)

Brother-in-Law: Hey (dirt) bags I didn’t sign up for this. I could care less about cats! Cancel now! 4:50 PM
Me:Thanks for texting CatFacts! Remember, every time you text you will receive an instant Cat Fact. To cancel, reply “ghyt56op81″. 5:12 PM
Brother-in-Law: Ghyt56op81 5:12 PM
Me: <Command Not Recognized> Did you know that cats can spend 5 hours or more a day grooming? They like to look purrrrfect! 5:21 PM

Me: Cat Facts: A cat has two vocal chords, and can make over 100 sounds. Rawr! To unsubscribe from Cat Facts, reply “34tha98mvnB16UqPl87″ 7:13 PM

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It went on like that until I finally had to call him and confess – and he’s been trying to get me back ever since… :)  I imagine that some folks who continue to receive them for longer than a day will be going NUTS trying to figure out how to stop them! There is actually a record of Yahoo searches dedicated to “How to Stop Cat Facts from Texting Me?!” 

NOTE: I would refrain from doing this prank to anyone who has text limits, as it will end up costing them $$.

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Comments

  1. This is absolutely freakin’ hilarious, thank you!

  2. google voice will only let you send 200 text ……………

  3. victoria says:

    I tested this on my number to see if it would work so I could use it, but it adds a signature to the tests that is my gmail email address. How do I get that off?!?

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