Monday, May 28, 2007

Jokers Are Wild

The other day, Tom at 33 Days posted a list of practical jokes he has been playing on people recently. It made me think of a few I have done (that I can admit to due to an elapsed statute of limitations) over the years.

One place where I worked I replaced motivational posters with demotovational posters and no one noticed.

Another place I worked had painting contractors painting the facility. They would hang up “Wet Paint” signs everywhere. I printed up “Dry Paint” signs and hung them over the wet paint signs.

I once mailed a can of spam to someone who e-mailed me too frequently. As you can see my attempts are feeble compared to the masters.

One of my favorite pranksters is John Fraser of Cannon Beach. He (allegedly) purchased a bunch of keys at a garage sale, and put a string tag on each one that said, “US Bank Back Door” and scattered them all over town. People were turning in the keys at the bank and at the police station for days. The police were not amused. The funny thing was that the US Bank didn’t have a back door. The police were not amused.

My all time favorite prankster is Moosehead who works in an agricultural field. He initiates his new employees by backing his truck up to an electric fence making sure there is contact. Then he asks his employee get out of the truck. Once their feet hit the ground they drop to their knees. Yep, it’s kind of on the cruel side, but dang, I’d like to see it.


Blogger Auntie said...

I love those de-motivational posters. Put some more on your blog sometime so we can enjoy...

6:02 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I love the sending the spam prank.
What does it say about me that I cannot remember a single prank I ever played on anyone? (I'm going to keep trying to come up wth at least one...)
Your posts make me think - ABOUT ME.

6:32 AM  
Anonymous walter richards said...

When I worked at the conference center in Cannon Beach, the boys and girls dorms were constantly thinking of ways to prank each other.

Usually, it was the normal stuff ... honey on the toilet seats, plastic wrap over the toilet bowl, water balloons dropped from windows ... light stuff.

One time, the girls stuck plastic forks all over in the lawn of our dorm. Thousands of the little plastic buggers sticking up out of the grass.

In retaliation, I snuck into their basement laundry room ... and turned the temp down on their hot water tank. When they wrote on a maintenance log that they didn't have hot water, I turned the temp back up. After the maintenance guys checked it and couldn't find a problem and noted that the water was fine ... yep, I turned the temp back down. That went on for a week, before I got tired of it.

Once at a campground, I used zip-ties to tie together the two zippers for a tent opening ... so when one was zipping it open, the other was zipping it closed ... because the two guys in it had been drunk and loud 'til late at night, and kept a lot of other people awake. I had no idea who the guys were, and didn't care. They didn't try to get out of the tent until about noon the next day, and were cussing up a storm trying to figure it out. I guess somebody called the police, because an officer showed up ... let them out ... then wrote them tickets for disturbing the peace. HA!

Another good prank at campgrounds, that my uncle did, is to put birdseed on the top of RVs. Nothing like the sound of a bunch of birds pecking at your roof, at sunup.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Jaggy said...

Oh jeez, I've done more pranks than I remember. I've forked lawns, birdseeded lawns (not nice, but funny), and covered driveways in river rock. I've taken doors off hinges, filled bathtubs with stuff, filled rooms with balloons and once with inflated trash bags. I've put hundreds of dixie cups half-full of water all over a bedroom. I've stuck beds in showers. I turned a bedroom upside down once. I've rearranged letters on keyboards.

And I've only been pranked back once. That prank is still giving back: my college roommates hid two decks of playing cards all over my bedroom about a year ago. I found all but four or five that first night, but I've moved twenty miles since then, and I'm still finding cards. :)

9:29 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

Walter - the birdseed thing is cracking me up and I cannot wait to try it some day....

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

Electric fences arejust a lot of fun for me. Just the other day, the lady inspector was over and rather than turn the fence off, I told her I would give her a hand stepping over it. Grabbing her hand first to help balance her, I then reached to the fence wire to put it lower and appearing to make it easier to step over and of course the ground (shock) always goes to the last in the chain...her. Hehehehehe...instant afro....hehehehe. Now if only I can figure out a way to get someone to pee on one....

New guys always fall for the old "unhook the deep cycle battery but not the solar panel" trick too. Damn, this is fun. hehehehe.

My all time fav of yours was burying the money for the guy with the metal detector. Now there is pure genius at work.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

The most fun I had doing a practical joke was at a family reunion. I called it "other people's cameras." I would take cameras when the owners weren't looking and go make a random snap of something and put the camera back where I found it. The ladies got pictures of things like the urinals in the men's room. There were some under the table shots of legs and crotches. One shy guy got a picture of the beautiful bartender next door. I had fun doing it but never heard much about what people thought later.

One of the best practical jokes by someone else was the guy who went away on a trip and came home to find everything in his apartment covered in tin foil. And I mean everything.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

OK I say Walter wins with the bird seed on the roof of the RV. How have I gone through life never thinking of this one. It is better than perfect. It is exqusite!

8:33 PM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

I LOVE the "other's people's cameras" prank! I love the US Bank key prank. The birdseed is genius.

Slave Hubby tried the lotto screen on me a couple of years ago. He had all our numbers right up there. That one left a spot on the seat.

My dad was a greaser in the 50s and they were of the flaming bag of poop and the tipping over outhouses with people in them and the fishing line on the screen door handle ilk.

I love the practical joke. Just don't plant a peace sign on any high school lawns or boy howdy...

11:30 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

They did get a lot of good press and community sympathy over that one.

5:49 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Moosehead, having urinated on a live fence in the dark one night in an unfamiliar area, I can attest that folks for miles around were awakened by the resulting vocalization of the sensation! Lesson learned: hold it in when in a dark, unfamiliar, semi-wooded area with chirping crickets. Never again.

10:46 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Mike, does it count a a joke when you do it do yourself?

11:29 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Don't think so, wasn't very funny either!! hehehe

11:39 AM  
Anonymous walter richards said...

Someday, I'll have to tell you how to rig an entire house with firecrackers as a practical joke.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

This prank might amuse you. I think it's funny as shit.

7:28 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Syd, nothing like bacon and butter to warm ones heart, if not stop it all together.

Walt, I think that is being done every day in the Middle East, but it's not so funny over there.

7:28 AM  

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