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Old 10-10-2008, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Office Pranks, the I'm too bored at work to do actual work thread.

There have been other threads asking about what someone should do since there are no coworkers in the office today or what have you. I'm interested in what office pranks you've pulled on others. Things that were funny and took some thought. The two that come to mind for me from my time in the cubicle jungle are as follows:

1.) Huge Patriots fan in my last office. After Spygate came to light last season a co-worker and I proceeded to cover his entire desk and cubicle with little yellow post it notes that said, "CHEATER!!" We even went as far as to take all the tissues out of his tissue box and stick a post it on each one only to restuff the whole box with them. He continues to find post it notes in random places to this day.

2.) I noticed some tools that an elevator repair man was using to fix the office elevator. He was working on the floor buttons. He went to lunch and I proceeded to switch several of the numbers around using his weird elevator plyers. That elevator still has the numbers in the order I put them. I don't remember the order, but I worked on the 12 floor and I had to hit the 18th floor button to end up on 12. I've never heard so many "Goddammit!" or "What the hell!!" in my life.

So what have you done OT?
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:08 PM   #2
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I work for a helicopter company. One day we put the maintenance director's car on top of a heli dolly. There are no ramps to get the car off or on. You figure it out. HE WAS PISSED!
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:19 PM   #3
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While working overseas, our site superintendent went back to the US for something. He told us that nothing was to move on or from his desk. We were notorious for moving things around and he was particular about his desk.

We then proceeded to superglue everything to his desk. Coffee mug, pencils inside the pencil holder, pencil holder, hard hat, nothing was spared. He returned and triumphantly looked at his desk.

"Good job, gentlemen. You refrained from doing anything to my stuff while I was gone. I didn't think you have it in you," he kidded. All was fine until he attempted to grab his mug to get a fresh cup of coffee. It got worse when he wanted to put his hard hat on to go into the building to see how things had progressed since he left.

It took a few weeks for him to fully discover just how much stuff we had glued to his desk. The occasional, "Awwww, what the hell!?" was heard from his side of the trailer.
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:20 PM   #4
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I almost got myself fired, so I don't do office pranks anymore.

In the past, I've done the following:

Disassembled a coworker's chair, and filled the pneumatic height adjuster with buffalo chicken.

Drove a forklift into the office, lifted his entire desk, and stashed it on a third tier shelf deep in a warehouse.

Did the desktop printscreen/hide icons prank to a coworker's computer. She thought I was a hacker and wanted to get me fired.
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:26 PM   #5
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The old print screen of the desktop and hide the icons bit is always good for a laugh.

Or you can find someone with a dark colored chair and saturate it with water, if its dark enough they probably wont notice it till they sit and have a moist suprise.
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:31 PM   #6
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I've completely tin-foiled a co-worker's desk. That was fun.

We have a nutcase that calls here all the time and rambles on and on. I forwarded her to a coworker's cell phone.

One guy's deathly afraid of snakes, so I hid small rubber ones all over his desk. 15 minutes of him going "ahhahaa" every few minutes made me nearly cry in laughter.
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:33 PM   #7
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When our warehouse manager was on vacation last summer, we took all of the empty boxes/crap in our loft and stuffed his office full of it...couldn't even open the door it was so full

Also, when my boss went on vacation last summer, we took a huge stuffed bear and hung it in his office with paper towels in one hand, and a suicide note in the other explaining his intent to asphyxiate himself whilst in the act of masturbating...s were had by all.

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Old 10-10-2008, 01:34 PM   #8
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Annoyatron. I think it's time for a redeployment.
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:36 PM   #9
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filled my bosses office with a herd of 300 gerbils over the weekend. not really.

i cut out pictures of people from the Harbor Freight catalog and taped them all over my friends desk and computer. I hate people touching my stuff, so i keep to myself
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:45 PM   #10
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used a black zip tie once on the spray nozzle of the break room sink.

but that's it. we goof around at work less now than we did in the past.


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Old 10-10-2008, 01:47 PM   #11
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Annoyatron. I think it's time for a redeployment.
we had another guy going for 2 weeks with them. when we put 3 at his desk at once he ceased all work until he found them all
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:49 PM   #12
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2.) I noticed some tools that an elevator repair man was using to fix the office elevator. He was working on the floor buttons. He went to lunch and I proceeded to switch several of the numbers around using his weird elevator plyers. That elevator still has the numbers in the order I put them. I don't remember the order, but I worked on the 12 floor and I had to hit the 18th floor button to end up on 12. I've never heard so many "Goddammit!" or "What the hell!!" in my life.

So what have you done OT?
this, is probably the funniest prank if true
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:49 PM   #13
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One of my co-workers thought it would be cute to put a dead bug on the keyboard of the woman who sits behind me. Woman in question is deathly afraid of bugs. I was unaware of the unfolding prank, doing some actual work, chewing a piece of delicious gum (this is important). Woman comes back from lunch, I didnt even see her as I was absorbed in the spreadsheet I was failing at, sees the bug, thinks I did it, grabs a phone book, and hits me right in the back of the head with it, hard. She screams "I know you did it!! I know you did!!!"

I pick my gum up off the keyboard since she knocked it out of my mouth, collect my bearings and say, loudly, "Helen, have you lost your goddamn mind? What the hell are you talking about and why did you hit me with a phone book?!?!"

She goes back to her cubicle and is pointing to the very dead beetle on her keyboard. "I KNOW YOU DID THIS!!!!"

I picked up the bug, put it in the trash, and said very softly "You're lucky you arent a man, because I would have knocked you out, Helen. I dont play pranks like that."

I found out later who actually did it, and everybody still talks about "The Smack heard round the XXXX world".
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:51 PM   #14
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popped the keys off a co-worker's keyboard and rearranged them to spell their name in the home keys area.

modified system.ini in Windows to read shell=progman.exe (this makes XP boot up and look like Windows 3.1 for your non geeks)
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:58 PM   #15
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One of my co-workers left a brownie in the fridge at work. That night I took and rolled it into a little log and sit it next to the toilet. I proceeded to coat it with leftover packets of soy sauce to give it that "freshly laid" look. In the toilet I dumped some soy sauce into the toilet for the proper coloring along with a little bit of relish for some chunks in the bowl. The next morning-hilarity ensued as people walked to use that stall.

Of course there is the classic of putting KY jelly in random places and on random things. I work on a ambulance and every now and then we will armor all the bench seat in the back of a unit when someone isnt there,then when the driver hits the brakes you have no choice but to slide around.
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Old 10-10-2008, 02:05 PM   #16
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popped the keys off a co-worker's keyboard and rearranged them to spell their name in the home keys area.

modified system.ini in Windows to read shell=progman.exe (this makes XP boot up and look like Windows 3.1 for your non geeks)
Or adding the shutdown command line in the startup menu.

All time favorite is changing Word's auto-correct to take correctly spelled words and make them incorrect.

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"person's name" = biggest douche ever

The people that know what is going on are good. The brief look of disbelief is great. However, the individuals who have zero clue what is going on are the best. Having our IT department stop by and ask me to stop messing with said individuals is even better.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:33 PM   #17
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OK, so last week one of the new detectives 'punked' me out in our weekly unit-wide meeting. He said, "Hey, someone left an ID on my desk, I dunno, it sounds like some (insert my last name) isht to me, but if anyone knows anything about it, it'll be on my desk."

Anyway, everyone chuckled and later I got ribbed by some of the other guys for letting a rookie punk me out.

So I just used AT&T's text to speech program to leave him a message ostensibly from our property room saying they showed that he had the ID of so and so (the ID in question) and that he needed to return it.

This means he'll take that ID and take it to the property room to sign it back in, and they won't have any idea what he's talking about (since it never was there in teh first place) and he won't have the name of the caller since I made it sound like gibberish, but still kind of real.

That should waste an hour or two of his time tonight




I also emailed him that Mr. Lyons called for him while he was out, and wanted a return call. I listed the number for the Atlanta Zoo for the call-back #.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:45 PM   #18
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I played the Benny Hill theme over the intercom. That's all I got.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:50 PM   #19
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I put a pubic hair on my female coworker's coke.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:55 PM   #20
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My supervisor had a new guy go stir the ice in the ice machine.

When the airport police come by we chock all their tires. Now they always do a walk around before they leave lol, except one of them who just peels out every time.

Tape across the bottom of a doorway.

Taping down the sprayer on the sink so it soaks whoever turns the faucet on.

We switch off the battery master switch or pull the emergency engine cut on our fuel trucks, that's a good way to make morning shift waste a half hour LoL.

Anything with the computer background is a good one, like the blue screen hide all icons.

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Old 11-18-2008, 03:57 PM   #21
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what does tape on the bottom of the doorway get you?
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:58 PM   #22
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Hid one of those remote-controlled "fart machines" in the mens room, which was adjacent to a long counter where sales reps would drop off donuts/bagels/cookies/coffee service every couple of weeks.
When people would be prepping their bagel or selecting their donut, the farting would begin and it would echo loudly. You wouldn't believe how fast people would scoot away from that area.
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Old 11-18-2008, 04:09 PM   #23
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I didn't do this, but a close co-worker (IT operations manager) had one of our desktop support guys schedule a script on another co-workers computer to randomly play the song "The wheels on the bus go round and round". It went off during a big conference call
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Old 11-18-2008, 04:15 PM   #24
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I'm guessing a nice faceplant.
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OK, so last week one of the new detectives 'punked' me out in our weekly unit-wide meeting. He said, "Hey, someone left an ID on my desk, I dunno, it sounds like some (insert my last name) isht to me, but if anyone knows anything about it, it'll be on my desk."

Anyway, everyone chuckled and later I got ribbed by some of the other guys for letting a rookie punk me out.

So I just used AT&T's text to speech program to leave him a message ostensibly from our property room saying they showed that he had the ID of so and so (the ID in question) and that he needed to return it.

This means he'll take that ID and take it to the property room to sign it back in, and they won't have any idea what he's talking about (since it never was there in teh first place) and he won't have the name of the caller since I made it sound like gibberish, but still kind of real.

That should waste an hour or two of his time tonight




I also emailed him that Mr. Lyons called for him while he was out, and wanted a return call. I listed the number for the Atlanta Zoo for the call-back #.
nice job, Farva!!
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