Working 9 hours a day, each day, in the same cubicle, for the same boss, with the same colleagues years in a row doesn't sound like much fun, does it? Entering the same data, replying to the same e-mails and answering the same calls can become quite repetitive really fast. And when bored, office workers might surrender to the urge for some good old office pranks. Every office has a designated prankster, walking the line between lovable rogue and annoying nuisance, but someone has to do it, right? Because at the end of the day these good pranks are what keeps the spirits of co-workers up.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of devilishly clever best pranks that get dangerously close to crossing the line. You won't find any of the usual computer-mouse-in-jello or voice-activated coffee machine office jokes, the ones that we have selected are really the most ingenious and clever.

But before executing the best office pranks, remember a quote from the most famous office worker Dwight Schrute 'Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, "Would an idiot do that?" And if they would, I do not do that thing,' to make sure your joke is not going to hurt anybody.

Happy pranking!


One of my Co-Worker has a ton of family pictures all over his desk and walls. I was slowly changing them all to pictures of me. I worked really hard to find similar pictures to replace them. I even traveled to some of the places to replicate them. I just about had them all when another guy we worked with asked him why he had so many pictures of me. He thought this married guy had a crush on me or something.

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Hans 1 year ago

True pranks take devotion!

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This is only to my bosses, but when I know I'm due for a raise/promotion and they tell me they don't have budget/I need to wait a while, I start wearing suits to work. Not everyday, but maybe once a week, maybe twice, skip a few, repeat.
Looks like you're going to interviews during lunch or after work.

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Tamara Laney 1 year ago

Well played--I salute you!

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Made a new folder on his desktop called Russian Dwarf Porn and then took a screenshot. Set the screenshot as his desktop background.
For an engineer it took him a ridiculous amount of time before he realised why he couldn't delete the folder.

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1 year ago

This one is perfect!! Hats off to you :PPP

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Everyday I would get into the locker room before him and place one penny in his right boot. This went on for 2 months. After about a week and a half I could see him getting frustrated. After a while it just became the norm for him to shake the penny out of his right boot everyday. He wasn't frustrated anymore, he was defeated, and just accepted it now. So, one day I decided to put it in his left boot. He came in shook his right boot out like usual, but nothing fell out. He looked so relieved, like a huge weight had been lifted. Then he put on his left boot on, and just f*ckin lost it. He slung that boot across the locker room with all his might, cussing and calling out whoever did this to him. I stopped f*cking with him after that. I plan on putting a penny in his boot once a year from now on just to remind him. Nobody knows it was me placing the penny and I plan on keeping it that way.

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Bored Fox 1 year ago

Hey, it's free money. :)

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I have hidden a tiny speaker in an adjacent cubicle wall that emits a soft cat meow every 2 hours.

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Tamara Laney 1 year ago

Next step: leave a cat toy

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Funny-Coworker-Office-Pranks There's a guy in my office who often comes to work in jeans and a t-shirt and changes into his work clothes in his office. He's taken over half of a closet next to my cubicle with his dress clothes.
A few years ago, on March 31, I came into the office around midnight and swapped his clothes for some Hawaiian shirts, checked pants, basically a whole wardrobe of the loudest clothes I could find at a thrift store.
When I got there the next morning, he was closed up in his office. His secretary told me that he'd been having a pretty rotten week in terms of workload and was in a foul mood. Finally, he emerged wearing his jeans and t-shirt. He sort of grunted a hello at me, opened the closet door, and just stood there for probably 10-15 seconds trying to wrap his brain around what was in front of him. Finally he just started cracking up laughing, and put on one of the more "understated" outfits. He spent the rest of the day trying to figure out who had done it; meanwhile, people from all around the office came to behold my handiwork. I finally fessed up at the end of the day. He swore revenge although he still hasn't made his move.
Best April Fool's prank I'll probably ever play.

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Tamara Laney 1 year ago

Some of those shirts are pretty cool-- I'd take them in a heartbeat!

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I teach elementary music. Once, I had a rivalry with the gym/PE teacher. She would send the kindergarten class to mine and tell them it was my birthday and I loved birthday hugs. She would do this about twice a month. I sent them back to her and told them she loved it when people would step on her foot. They rushed her and started stomping. She also told the kids to go into my class, say nothing, and just stare at me. It was the creepiest damn thing. She won.

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Robert Morson 1 year ago

And the kids believed she had a birthday twice a month?

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I installed "cloud to butt" on my coworker's pc.
It's a Chrome addon that changes all instances of the word "cloud" being displayed to "butt".
He didn't notice for months. Last week he finally asked me what that customer could possibly mean by "uploading files to my butt".

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Lillian Chesak 1 year ago

Haha! Pure evil!

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You know how you can fray Duct tape and pull off long little sticky threads of it?
So I pulled off a single long piece of it, and put it down the side of my manager's brand new car. Looks like a deep, horrifying scratch on the paintwork.
The look on his face when we went out for a smoke. He threw his hands onto his head, his knees went weak and he basically crawled over to it, and pulled the thread of sticky duct tape off easily.
Harmless and fun, that one.

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Funny-Coworker-Office-Pranks I sit beside a guy who is a good friend of mine and our desks are separated by a moveable divider. Since I moved beside him 2 weeks ago I've been moving the divider a centimetre towards him each day. We're at 13cm and he hasn't noticed yet.
I have to shift his monitors soon though so that will be interesting.

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Hans 1 year ago

I will never get the rationale behind these enourmous US offices, cubilces and the like. They are like prisons, just that people go there more or less freely to work.

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