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Next week is one of the most fun or hated days of the year (depending on who you ask)

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Next week is one of the most fun or hated days of the year (depending on who you ask) - April's Fools! That's April 1st in case you forgot because the days have blended too much during pandemic. Here are some pranks you can plan even if you're trying to keep social distance. Got any memorable dev-related pranks to share? Let us know in the comments.

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