ANYONE perpetrating April Fools’ Day pranks can be legally murdered before midday, experts have confirmed.
An ancient law means jokers can be killed with no legal repercussions, no matter how harmless the prank.
Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, said: “The ruling dates back to April 1st 1511, when a court jester put a fake fly in Henry VIII’s vast breakfast.
“Henry didn’t find it funny and ordered his lord chancellor to draft some anti-prank legislation. The jester was then hung, drawn and quartered and his head placed on a spike at the Tower of London to be picked at by rooks.
“It was a golden age.”
Professor Brubaker added: “The law still holds to this day, so if someone tells you your shoelaces are undone, you are fully entitled to throttle them.
“You have to do it before twelve though, otherwise the joke is on you in the sense that you go to prison forever.”