Caroline Roberts, fashion executive 'I have always had long hair since I was little, but several years ago, my hairdresser persuaded me to try a short hairstyle for a change. I cropped my hair to a length around my ears and I hated it. Actually, I disliked my look so much that I literally stayed away from going to any social gathering for almost six months. Anyway, shortly after I had the dramatic cut, my husband came home from a business trip and gave me a bottle of brown liquid. He said it was the latest invention in Chinese herbal medicine and it would speed up my hair growth. Since I was desperate, I immediately grabbed the bottle, ran to the bathroom and rubbed it all into my hair. Then he came over and said, 'April Fool!' It was actually tea that I poured all over my hair. We looked at each other and laughed hysterically for about five minutes. Ever since, I have never cut my hair shorter than to my shoulders.' Phil Whelan, RTHK radio host 'I still think putting cling film over toilets is extremely funny, but the best gag ever was done to me some years back by a particular British consul general. We had only met the previous evening. The next morning at 8am I get a call from someone claiming to be the head of security saying, 'Mr Whelan, this is a little delicate but we've lost the consul general and you were the last person he was known to be with.' I was concerned to say the least. They called me two more times saying they definitely wanted to talk to me. I was freaking out by this stage, thinking what on earth could have happened to him? They had already played me for three hours by this time when, finally, a call at midday says, 'He's just turned up and needs to speak to you.' A whimpering voice on the other end says, 'I don't know what to do. The press will be all over me. My wife's packing as we speak.' All I could say was, 'Is there anything I can do?' There's a pause then this raucous Scots voice yells, 'Yes, don't be so f***ing gullible!' He told me afterwards he'd never heard anybody call him a b**tard so much in the space of 30 seconds. Joanne Ooi, co-founder of Ooi Botos Gallery and chief executive of the Clean Air Network 'When I was in college, I stole my best friend's TV by staging a robbery in her dorm room. I did this because the TV was coming between us and our friendship. She would say 'ssshhh!' every time I walked into her room because she was so engrossed in some vacuous sit-com. So, finally, I had enough and absconded with the TV set on April Fool's Day. Even though the campus police were called and the entire dormitory cased, I kept mum until much later that night, when I came clean with the truth and explained my reasons for the stunt.' Jami Gong, founder of the TakeOut Comedy Shop 'Here it is, short and sweet: On April 1, 2001, I started getting a ton of phone calls and e-mails asking how I was feeling and what can be done to make me feel better? Apparently, my friend had told everyone that I had broken my foot and was in the hospital. I even got cards in the mail a few days later.' Peter Cheung Chi-sun, fashion executive 'I usually play pranks on people but when I first came back to Hong Kong in 1996, my friends got me good. I was staying at a hotel and had just found my first job here. I was stressed out from wanting to do well. I just returned to the hotel to get changed and go out for dinner. There was a note under my door. It read something like, 'I have seen you in the hotel and am very attracted to you'. Then it got scary, like, 'Look around the hotel and see if you can see me'. I went down to the lobby to ask if they knew anything, maybe they could check the security tapes and report if someone had gone to my room. I kind of had a meltdown at that point. Anyway, my friends for dinner - a guy and a girl - arrived. We went back upstairs and I told them about the note. They said I should be careful and maybe I should move to another hotel. I was panicking until I noticed the boyfriend had a smirk on his face. Then I realised it was an April Fool's joke. But I was also bummed out because I didn't have a secret admirer after all.'