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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have hidden a tiny speaker in an adjacent cubicle wall that emits a soft cat meow every 2 hours.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
I worked on the seventh floor of an office building. Everyone in the building would try and leave on the elevators at 5 pm, every single day. The elevator would stop at EVERY single floor and when the doors would open, we would see a line up of people looking disappointed, the doors would close and we would move on. This happened even on the second floor.
when the door would open, everyone in the situation would stare at each other and be paralyzed with social anxiety about the right thing to do.
One particularly busy Friday, the doors open on the sixth floor, and I announced to the usual line up: ‘we have enough room for one of you’. One person got on, the doors closed, someone behind me chuckled, and we went on to the 5th floor. When the doors opened, I said ‘we can only take two of you’. People in the elevator moved back and squished, two people got on, and we picked up one more person per floor. By the time we got to the 2nd floor, the elevator was shoulder to shoulder, bodies touching, but for some reason, people were still listening to me. A lady next to me looked worried that I would invite more people on. The doors opened on the second floor and the people waiting looked at an extremely packed elevator. To them I said ‘take the stairs, you’re on the second f*cking floor.’
That got a good laugh.
Change their auto-correct settings in Outlook so when they type their name it adds a ridiculous title.
Tom Smith = His eloquence, master of ceremonial duck herding, and debater of microwave etiquette, Thomas "The Velvet Hammer" Smith, Esq.
Grabbed a roll of stickers from the pharmacy that say "For rectal use only" and randomly attach them to pens, phones, staplers, the water cooler.
It's all good till our director comes in and loses his shit and can't help but laugh.
I think I've mentioned this before, but I have a few co-workers (myself included) that run on post-it notes. Seriously, some of our desks look like that Pepe Silva scene in Always Sunny.
That said, I take advantage of this. I do fairly well at copying other's handwriting. I'll do my best facsimile of something innocuous or mildly ominous and place it among their other post-its.
My notable favorites were: "Ask Linda about the bees." and "Knife Parade?"
Every time this one girl mentions something her kids did, I mention something my dog did.
I whistle Christmas songs in months other than December. Just the first few lines once or twice an hour. Give it a few hours and they're questioning why jingle bells is stuck in their head mid June.
Not me, but a guy I know. He stole a coworker's novelty giant pencil, then started emailing said coworker in-character as the pencil, with photos of the pencil in different locations around Europe.
He even got another coworker in on the act to deflect suspicion away from himself, and used proxies to ensure the emails couldn't be traced back to him.
The original owner of the pencil got so pissed off, it initiated a company-wide hunt for the perpetrator. So far as I know, it was never resolved, and Pencil McPencilface roams the world to this day.
My coworkers think I have a cat. I've named him Winston.
I've pleasantly avoided many after-work happy hours and other work events with "I have to get home and feed the cat".
I even have a photo of some random cat on my phone in case anyone inquires further.
I don't have a cat, of course. But I do chuckle to myself at the thought of Winston, My Imaginary Cat.
The former big boss of my oil plant works in the office with me. I noticed anytime I would mention an interesting storey he would immidiatly fact check it and point out how wrong I was. So, If I wanted to know something , rather than look it up myself, I would just throw out a claim. Me- xyz stock is $4.40 today Him- NO ITS NOT - its $2.17
Me - Thank you
Me- Chicago is a 8 hour drive from here. Him- NO ITS NOT - its 12 if you do Route A, and 10.5 if you go Route B ect,
I made 20 copies of a paperclip and put them in the paper tray of copier. A woman in my office made a copy and got the paperclip in the pictures and thought there was a paperclip in the copy machine somewhere. She was searching and searching and even went and got a flashlight and started looking everywhere in the machine. She was opening up drawers and panels for 20 minutes. It was pretty fun to watch.
My coworker has many allergies, most of which are made up in her mind. If she hears of a new allergy she instantly has that allergy too. She is "allergic" to all cleaning supplies. We are not allowed to use any cleaners in our cubicles because it will make her sick. When she's really annoying me I will spray a bottle of water in my cube. She will hear the sound of the spray bottle and within half an hour she will go home "sick" because someone was spraying "cleaners" in the office.
Slowly add new post it notes to their desk, among their real ones, that say “Urgent! Call _put another co-workers number here_”. Sometimes a word like “evaluation” or “meeting” or upcoming dates and times causes hilarious interactions. If you plant three different notes that cause three people to go into a meeting at the same time it’s fun to see how long they stay before realizing there is no meeting.
Our old HR director was notorious for having a messy desk. My manager and I made it our mission to add an additional 1,000 random sheets of paper to his desk over the course of a few weeks without him noticing. Every morning he'd come in and 10-15 more sheets would be added to the mess. It took a long time for him to suspect something was up.
Not me, but my husband's story. They had a candy dispenser in their work area that made a particular noise when it dispensed candy. Well, he noticed that a particular employee would, whenever he heard the somone else getting candy, would get up and get himself some candy. Like a Pavlovian response to the sound.
So he did what anyone would do, recorded the sound and rigged a speaker up. Randomly throughout the day he would make the sound go off and sure enough, his coworker would get up and go get himself candy.
Once I plugged in a wireless mouse into their computer without them knowing. And a few times a day I would just jiggle the mouse. Just enough to hear them slamming down the mouse and muttering under their breath and I'd stop. This went on for several days. Sometimes I'd stop by to chat, and I would bring the mouse. When they we go to click on something I would just move the mouse just slightly so they couldn't actually hover over what they wanted to click. It was brilliant!
I’m a 28 year old dude and I used to put up one new kitten photograph in my cubicle per week to see if any of my managers would say anything. After putting up enough pictures to cover my whole cube wall, and no one commenting, I started to feel like I was going crazy. I guess the joke was on me, or else all my managers were just super accepting.
Found a little script a while back that would randomly open and close the disc drive on my coworker's computer. Not incredibly often, but enough to the point where it was annoying. He requested a new computer, I reinstalled the .scr as soon as he left that day.
Long time ago I worked the late night/closing shift at a convenience store/gas station. Another co-worker and I closed up around 11 each night.
I amused myself by taking a little white ziploc type baggie... or sometimes a piece of plastic wrap... and would put sugar or a sugar substitute in it, then wander out just before closing and drop it by the pumps. Looked like a customer had their nose candy fall out of their pocket when they'd pulled out their keys or wallet or whatever.
Then I'd watch as whomever I was working with would go out to shut down and lock up the pumps. I'd look distracted but would watch as they'd spot it, look around, look at me, then subtly reach down and pick it up as they "tied their shoe" or "picked up change" something. Then of course they'd volunteer to clean the bathrooms so they could privately check out their new coke stash. Good times.
Of course, sometimes a customer would find it first, then come in and get the bathroom key. Even better times.
I sent a co-worker I loathed a manila envelope full of glitter. She prompted tore it open.
That was two years ago, and she still finds glitter everywhere. Our lil office fairy.
Back in the day, our office IT was.....less than modern day standards shall we say. Basically every single PC had admin rights. It was chaos for our poor IT admin guy, but he was semi-retired so didn't give too much of a shit.
Right click on desktop, create new shortcut, type shutdown.exe -I and you have created one of the best chaos creation tools I've ever employed. Double-click on this, and you can select any computer on the network and have it re-start or shutdown, with an optional countdown timer and pop-up message. You just need your victim's IP address and admin rights.
This was commonly deployed against the fresh-faced work experience kids as hardened office veterans would smell a rat quickly. My favourite was to wait until they were an hour or so into work, then send a shutdown command with the warning pop-up, "Windows has detected a ridiculous hair-cut, and will shutdown in 10 seconds."
The panicked look of desperation was priceless. They rarely said anything, as how do you tell all these grown-ups that the PC shut down because of.....their hair cut.
Yes I'm going to hell. I've made my peace with that.
Coworker. I have very tiny printouts of just his head. I sneak them all over the office in inconspicuous places. This has been going on for 2 years. He still doesn't know it's me.
Leaving stickie notes on their desk that says "Come see me" but no sign as to who its from.
It actually got pulled on me.
Working as a new EMT and I'm put on a truck for training with these two guys who loved f*cking with rookies.
Most ambulance bays have a keypad to type in the code to get in. We were pulling into a hospital I hadn't been to yet and I preemptively ask him what the code would be so I dont look like an idiot. My partner tells me " They have a retinal scanner here, just put your eye in front of it".
Im f*cking stupid and believed him.
I don't know why, I was just so worried about doing anything wrong that I was trying to do everything right so I didn't even question it. We take the patient over to the doors, I see the lil camera and pop a squat and stare at it for about twenty seconds. Meanwhile, my partners and patient are dying of laughter behind me and grabbed a picture of it. I ended up famous on an EMS Facebook page, but I was pretty cool with it. Cant say I wont do the same now when I get a trainee.
My department is pretty small, so when we f*ck with someone, everyone is involved.
We have a tradition to set up elaborate pranks for one of us returns from vacation, with the crown jewel being an office poltergeist we staged.
We threw in a bait-and-switch and adorably made the desk a beach scene, complete with a cardboard cutout of Justin Bieber in scuba gear, a kiddie pool with sand, and a crafty palm tree. About a few hours into her shift, shit got real.
See, the rest of her desk was seemingly normal. However, behind the scenes, there was fishing wire connected to different objects on her desk, with the other ends spread across the rest of our desks attached to pens, activating an ‘event’ with a tug of a pen. There was an instant messaging group where we planned on real time behind the scenes.
For the next few hours, in intervals of about 20 minutes, things on her desk started to move. A rose we had bought for her flew at her, a tack holding up a corner of a calendar loosened, her mouse moved, drawers opened, etc.
This started subtle, and got more and more ridiculous as the day played out. The end of the poltergeist, however, is when we suckered someone in Accounting to remove a panel in the corner of her cubicle and roll a ball through the cracks with a picture of the victim’s face taped to the ball.
We have yet to top this one.
When I worked at Burger King we had new employees look for charcoal for the gas grill.
I like to incorrectly correct people’s pronunciation. Like they’ll say beignet “ben-yay” and I’ll say, “actually, it’s ‘bang-yet’.”
Most of the time it’s obvious I’m just messing with them or they already know the schtick and they laugh it off. But every so often I’ll actually convince someone they’re wrong. And it’s glorious. It’s a pretty low success rate but when you hear someone use the wrong pronunciation in a conversation months later and you know you did that, it makes it all worth it.
We have this old crotchy hyper religious nut at my job. Very annoying, sits on her butt all day. I put a remote control speaker, loaded a 30kb sound file of demonic voices whispering.
When she starts hearing and looking around, I cut it off with the remote. Ive been doing this shit for years. She keeps adding more bible calandars to ward "it" off. Taking this one to the grave, Cathy, you cunt.
They sometimes leave their personal spotify accounts on the shared computer that we all use, so in the past, I've added things like Barney the Dinosaur and Teletubbie tracks into their libraries.
This genuinely just happened.
My company has just moved to a new office, and everybody's internal phone number has changed. I kindly print everyone a little phone extension matrix, about the size of half a page of A4. Everyone says thanks and sticks it to their PC monitor so we can transfer calls / call colleagues etc.
One guy in the office, probably in his 40s, really nice dude but a little bit old school sits a couple of seats away from me is selected as my victim.
After he's gone home one night I print out 10 new versions of the phone extension matrix, each one a font size smaller than the last, cutting the paper size so everything is to scale, just smaller. Every other day I replace his piece of paper stuck to his desk until it's practically unreadable.
Dude didn't even notice for about 2 weeks before we saw his squinting at it when he tried to transfer a call. Still we said nothing, come in the next day to find him printing off a regular size one himself. Lunchtime comes and I replace his new one with a full sheet of A3.
Finally he twigs. Great stuff would recommend.
Emptied out my boss' largest desk drawer (1 ft x 1.5 ft x 1 ft), used heavy-duty-staples to secure a shower liner to the inside of the drawer, and filled it with water and aquarium rocks. Then I placed 4 live goldfish and a crab in the drawer, and partially closed it.
I also bought him a fish tank and fish food, so after he dismantled his fish tank drawer, he would have new office pets.
It worked out perfectly. No damage to his desk or office. All fish survived the overnight drawer life. And I did not get fired. It was a part of a long and well-fought prank war that lasted several years, but this was definitely my favorite prank.
I just keep handing them random items. 99% of the time they'll keep accepting.
Or I'll stare at a spot slightly above their eye, like they have a booger on their face or something.
Or I'll slowly back up as we talk, see how far I can get them to follow me before they catch on.
Gradually increase the pressure required to open the office door by adjusting the automatic door-closer with a screwdriver so they become accustomed to giving it a mighty shove then one day disconnect the arm altogether.
I screen shot their desktops, put all their shortcuts in one folder, then set that screen shot as their wallpaper. I find it amusing listening to their call to IT.
I put my co-workers stapler in jell-o and it took me so many tries to get it to work. He didn't really get it because he hadn't seen the office. But it's okay, because I laughed enough to make it worth it.
I plant evil questions in their lectures and tutorials, seeding them to students we have in common.
I've been doing it for years, and they have no idea it's happening. They're just constantly baffled that the same kids each year keep asking obscure, graduate-level, often borderline unanswerable questions in person, but never quite manage that level of insight in their writing.
Many years ago I had collected money from the staff for a holiday party and left it on my desk. I went to the bathroom and came back to find the money missing. I was freaking out about the missing money searching with my boss who was disappointed I left it unattended. I was seconds away from accusing these guys working on the lights in the office when my phone rang with a devious laugh on the other end saying "missing something?". It was a coworker from upstairs, she thought it was hilarious, I knew the gauntlet had been thrown. I went online and bought something called the annoyotron. It was a magnetic little device that I stuck under her desk that would make beeps intermittently every 10 to 15 minutes I think (it had various settings). For the next month I would find reasons to go by her desk and say "did you just hear a beep?". She would go wide eyes and say "OMG yes! I can't figure it out! It's driving me crazy". Sometimes I would go by and they would have a maintenance guy checking the fire alarm and I would just keep egging her on "I swear I just heard a beep". So after a month of this torture we were at the annual holiday party and I was seated with her and had knocked a couple back. I spilled the beans and apologized to the person she shared a cubicle with as she was "collateral damage". She never f*cked with me again.
I have lady co-worker who writes lengthy emails to colleagues when she finds a mistake they made. It is time consuming and pointless. I know where she pulls the report to find the mistakes, so occasionally I pull the report, correct the errors myself and don't tell her.
This sounds quite underwhelming here, but she loves to be a drama queen about all the "idiots" she has to correct but I spoil her fun.
Nothing epic, but one of my co-workers had a LEGO Kiss set that he never asked for, nor was he a fan of. Somehow it ended up getting passed around the office (there's only 4 of us) with different set ups in random places on that person's desk.
One day my boss left early, so I went to work on setting up an over the top mini-concert experience for him.
Like I said, nothing epic, but it made us laugh, so that works.
For a while my favourite thing was to unplug their mouse & put a sticky under the mouse sensor.
Was great when people plugged it back it and it still didn't work...
Putting googly eyes on something and wondering how many days until they notice.
In my first job out of college I worked at a small tech company. One of the bosses was a very sweet woman. She had borrowed pens a few times and forgot to give them back. At one point one of my coworkers accused her of intentionally hording pens because they knew she would be embarrassed.
Thus began the gas lighting.
I began to steal every pen in office over the course of a month (100+ pens). I targeted the specific people who had made the original joke to make sure that there was good visibility to the prank. I made sure that the nicer pens that people associate as "theirs" were always specifically found in her desk. She would always deny it only to find them right there.
Christmas rolls around and we have the company Christmas party. I package up the pens for the white elephant gift exchange making sure to place my present in the exchange pile without having anyone see who placed it there. When it's opened the room explodes with laughter and accusations.
I may or may not have convinced several people including our secretary that I lack the ability to read. When asked how I've gotten this far (5 years of undergrad and halfway through a master's program), I confidently state that I memorize the shapes and fake it.
Helped my friend move an entire cubical up a space. It was difficult because they wanted it to be perfect not like they just switched desks. To achieve it we actually took the cubical apart and moved the walls so none of the decorations moved even an inch, next we took up the 9 carpet squares (why I was brought it) and switched them that way the big coffee stain and whiteout explosion stayed.
Everyone then shuffled so guy in seat one was now in 2, 2 in 3, ... 20 in one's spot. Now the only thing to cue him off was that his cubical was directly under the fan and he hated being cold.
A friend told me he worked for 2 days before starting to claim that they moved the fan. took him almost a month to notice that the "other row shifted because the guy directly next to him before was now one desk back". During this time he started wearing jackets and sweaters because of the fan.
Was with some programmers, we would put copies of a desktop sheep pet .exe file on the others' computers and sneak something to run it somewhere in the startup. The sheep would just run around on the top of windows, you could get rid of it by right-clicking and closing the application. I put about 20 copies of it to run on another guy's system, and he didn't know that you could just end the task. He spent half a day constantly throwing sheep out of the way while he tried to do work before he finally asked for help.
I simply read this!
One day, Einstein has to speak at an important science conference. On the way there, he tells his driver that looks a bit like him:
"I'm sick of all these conferences. I always say the same things over and over!"
The driver agrees: "You're right. As your driver, I attended all of them, and even though I don't know anything about science, I could give the conference in your place."
"That's a great idea!" says Einstein. "Let's switch places then!"
So they switch clothes and as soon as they arrive, the driver dressed as Einstein goes on stage and starts giving the usual speech, while the real Einstein, dressed as the car driver, attends it.
But in the crowd, there is one scientist who wants to impress everyone and thinks of a very difficult question to ask Einstein, hoping he won't be able to respond. So this guy stands up and interrupts the conference by posing his very difficult question. The whole room goes silent, holding their breath, waiting for the response.
The driver looks at him, dead in the eye, and says :
"Sir, your question is so easy to answer that I'm going to let my driver reply to it for me."
My boss keeps pictures of his kids on his desk, when he's gone, I replace them with photos of Owen Wilson.
My dad stopped shaving and cutting his hair, just to see how far he could go before his boss said anything. My dad gave in after three years. He looked like a 50 year old Jesus.
I don't work in an office, but my dad tells me stories frequently of the ways he f*cks with his coworkers. The other day he said that he bought a bunch of car air fresheners and taped them to the bottom of a chair. The victim kept swiveling around trying to figure out the smell, but never checked under the seat. He said he put about 10+ air fresheners under it and the guy still never figured it out.
During Halloween somebody brought in a bunch of plastic cockroaches and spiders for decoration. I've kept a bunch of them and when my coworker isn't there I hide them around her desk. In her stationary bag, under her laptop, in the pocket of her coat. Many of them she finds and throws my way with a disapproving scoff, but every now and then the office silence is broken by a loud shriek.
Put a strip of scotch tape on the underside of their computer mouse.
It's transparent enough that the mouse will still function, it will just kind of suck and annoy them slightly for the rest of the day. They likely won't even notice, just be subconsciously frustrated.
Add an additional strip each day until they notice.
We have network-connected (Polycom) phones. I 'hack into' (translation: they don't know how to set passwords) their phones and change their wallpapers and/or ringtones. One girl is very skittish; I changed her to B-movie horror screams. Changed my supervisor's ringtone to "It's Raining Men", and he's as straight as a rail. To this day, they don't know who keeps changing it.
Printed out 9 pictures of Nicolas Cage, hid them throughout a coworker’s cubicle, then admitted it was me that hid 10 pictures of Nic Cage.
There was this girl sitting next to me in an open plan office and we were always joking with each other. One day, she had a meeting scheduled at her desk with a male coworker I knew she had a crush on. So while she was in the bathroom getting ready, I went on her PC, found the guy's photo on the company website and made it her desktop background. Then I tabbed back to whatever programme she had been using so she wouldn't notice right away. She comes back. Guy arrives for the meeting. They're talking away for about ten minutes before she goes to check something on the computer and just let an enormous shriek out of her and goes bright red when she sees the desktop.
In a way, that prank almost worked too well. Because her shock was so obviously genuine, it was obvious she was the victim of a prank (rather than a crazy stalker, which is what I was aiming for.)
When I walked in this morning, every computer background in the office had been changed to a picture of me from middle school...
Screen capture the desktop, rotate image so it's upside down and set as background. Hide desktop icons if there are any and start bar. Reverse mouse direction and then set graphics card to turn desktop upside down.
Someone in our office was selling candy bars to raise money for her chuch. When she left her cubicle, she'd leave the box of candy there, alongside a box to put money in and a little sign she'd printed reading, "remember: God is watching. :)"
My friend printed up a sign and snuck it under her "God is watching..." sign. It read: "God helps those who help themselves."
I work on a production line for a car manufacturer. The guy a few spots down, when he doesn’t do his job properly it makes my job harder and I end up having to fix his mistakes anyways.
So when ever I need to fart I just stand in front of the fan that’s pointed directly at him.
Whenever our ship went on deployment or a long underway, I would try to find the one person in berthing that was using the time to hit it hard at the gym. Everyone hangs their coveralls up at night with their belts still attached...so I'd just snip a tiny bit off the belt every week or so and watch them freak out when it was getting tighter as they ran 20 miles a week.
I put a simple alarm clock in the ceiling tiles of the server room, so that every 12 hours, it would go off with a simple constant beep that would last about two minutes. I was in the room with my manager one of those times, and she went nuts when it went off. "Every day one of these machines has an alarm and I can't figure out which one it is!!" She was frantically checking wires and buttons trying to find the source.
Very hard to stifle the laughter. This went on for about 4 months until another manager discovered the clock. He just left it on a desk with a post-it note that said "mad props".
Reply all to say "tank you," then reply all again to your previous reply all to say "*thank"
If anybody complains about using reply all, reply all to apologize for using reply all.
At work, I am responsible for getting certain permits from the state. Once my permit is authorized, it is delivered to me via email in PDF format.
I grab 4 other similarly sized images from the internet which are inoffensive but vaguely, off color (like two lizards spooning).
Then, I email all five pictures to my foreman who needs the permit. He has to preview each PDF in order to find the permit that he needs.
Its a little game I like to call, "Permit Roulette".
Late to the party, but I'm going to jump in here. Whenever I turn in a company vehicle for the night, I leave the radio on the Mexican polka station. I don't speak Spanish at all.
I leave haribo sugarfree gummy bears in the break room on days when I need a laugh.
We moved all items on a friend's desk to the left half an inch each day after lunch. Originally his computer was pointed into the cube's corner. Eventually it was far along one side of the cube and bunching his knees up against the desk cabinets. We even slowly moved all his tacked-up cube wall papers. He didn't figure it out until he was unable to sit comfortably.
Another time I placed blue M&M's in another coworker's French coffee press. When he was away, I'd place them between the top of the filter and the lid of the container. He didn't press down on the filter until the water was already in, so he wouldn't find them until he poured the coffee. It took him a while to figure out how I got them into his cup.
I have to wear a hard hat for work. Sometimes I’ll scratch it as if I was scratching my head just to see if anybody notices.
I worked as an Expediter in a restaurant. One week I had a new person training so at the end of the night when we are cleaning I told the new girl to make sure she empties ALL the hot water from the coffee machine and dump it out. Little did she know it was just a hot water line connected to the coffee machine. She filled over 5 pitcher fulls of water before she figures it out! Everyone had a good laugh over it!
Working on weekends at a fast food place, one of the favorite pranks was to convince a new employee (usually a young teen who doesn't know much about the world) that one of the closing routines was to "exchange the air in the freezer" by using a large garbage bag to draw the air out and let "new" air in.
Successfully pulled it off a number of times at different targets.
I used to mess with a former co-worker that was always rude to me. She had an earlier shift than I did, so after she would leave for the evening I would go to her desk and rearrange her pen cup so that the moment a pen was taken out the whole thing would fall over. I did this every night for about 2 weeks or so before she gave up and stopped using the pen cup but not before she threw the whole thing across her work area in a fit of rage.
I worked at a tech company. The guy beside me had a habit of accidentally collecting safety glasses on his desk... So whenever I had safety glasses I was done with I'd put them on his desk. This went on for months and he'd always be shocked by how many he'd collected when he did a desk clean.
There's one guy who wears fedoras and claims to know EVERYTHING. So anytime somebody comes into my work with a hat on, no matter what kind, I comment on what a cool fedora it is. He then corrects me and gives the entire history of said hat.
Bought a coworker a 2 year membership to a political party he really hates. He kept getting donation sollicitations and phone calls. Even got him a printed mug with the party leader's face on it.
Often changed his name plate on the door to reflect that too.
-Senior Project Manager
-High knight of the crustacian federal party
-Champion of her majesty the prime minister
I make up turns-of-phrase and wait for really good moments to use them in a group setting, then wait to see if I can make them catch-on, then watch them propagate through my company.
In the last 18 months, I've done:
Ham-Scanned (for briefly reviewing something and BSing your way through a meeting pretending you read it)
Licked-it (for when a manager changes one little thing on a piece of work someone else did, and pretends they made major contributions)
My colleague left his screen unlocked, I went in to his email settings and changed the word 'regards' in his email signature to 'retards'.
Both Excel and Word have a feature that reads text out loud in a computerized voice. If someone asked for my help with an error and then had to step away, I'd quickly build a document with white text against a white background, so that as they were returning their computer could be declaring a "Cascading system-wide malfunction initiating from this workstation. Reformatting network hard drives in 10....9... 8...."
I move everything on their desks slightly to the left everyday. After a few days they notice "something" off but can't tell what it is and it drives them nuts.
We used to have a competition in our department for this one guy who never learned to lock his computer. He was a project manager and was constantly projecting in meetings and would leave his laptop for hours on his desk with no lock screen.
A lot of people messed with him, but the on that got him really angry was I hopped on while he was in the bathroom and set up task scheduler to open a browser window with an image search of Cookie Monster (which was his nickname for various reasons) at random intervals between 30 seconds and 15 mins.
He was not a techy guy and had no idea how to stop it from happening and he'd get so frustrated when he'd present for an hour meeting and he'd have 6-8 browser windows pop up during the meeting, sometimes with customers.
His frustration was like manna from heaven. . .
I’ve been changing the middle initial in my email signature every few weeks. I’m up to “E” now.
I worked in a plasma center for a while where all the clocks were timed perfectly to each other, by the second (they were a specific brand and they were supposed to sync up). So the receptionists would all pick a time to simultaneously drop a chart. It started off as a way to screw with the donors, but then they started doing it to the new employees. The sound was pretty surreal, because there were about 20 employees there at any given time and no carpet, so you got a stereo effect of 20 charts hitting the tile at the same time. The center was about 50 yards long, too.
The lady at my dealership that sets up the Christmas decorations is a Christmas Nazi, everything needs to be perfect, the tree looks like one you'd see at a department store. It's a fake tree with built in lights one set is color and one is white. We all said the colored ones are more fun and Christmasey, but she said that it had to be the white ones because she likes it better and if we change it to the milticolor she will change it back to white. So obviously I change it to muliticolor when I come in every day.
I have been putting tiny toy dinosaurs everywhere on the toliet paper, random desks, and etc.
on the stapler, I reverse the metal part that usually shapes the staple inward when you staple through the paper and make it face outward.
yeeeaaaaaa take that.
Way back when i used to work at a safeway gas station. A lot of our tasks made us make the long walk to the actual store( we were a gas station at the end of the safeway parking lot). I told my manager that my co worker wanted all the instore duties because he had a huge crush on one of the cashiers. I got out of doing garbage, sending daily reports, and other in store trips for a month before my coworker caught on.
So our mens bathroom had a code to get in 123. For months whenever I entered or left the bathroom I would enter in a number in the keypad. If anyone went in after me, the code wouldn't work the first time.
They actually had to remove the code after about a year.
Our company has a cafeteria with a sandwich vending machine. It has doors that can only be opened after paying whatever amount. We had an annoying coworker who would throw his personal keys down into the middle of a community work table every morning while we were currently working on it. We had to move his keys out of the way to get our work done. After several weeks of frustration we all chipped in and bought the most expensive sandwich in the vending machine. Of course we replaced the sandwich with his keys. It took him several hours of looking and $7.50 to find his keys.
I once got a peek at a coworker typing in his work system. I usually arrive before him to work, and every odd week I startup his system and open a random document, delete something, undo the delete and then put the system to sleep. So he comes in, presses the start button only to find it waking up with a document open. He closes it, and it asks 'Do you want to close before saving changes?' . Fun to see his face go from 'morning blues' to 'what the f*cking f*ck'.
When they are copying or scanning something, I will secretly print 10 pages of blank paper at the same time. They think they are doing it.
I pretend I'm a robot on the phone. Like a ship's computer. Super neutral voice. I've been doing this for years. I don't know that anyone's picked up on it.
At a bookstore I worked at it was something of a tradition to pull some kind of departure prank when people were on their last day. I've told the story before about the guy whose last day prank was to order fifty copies of Mein Kampf, permanently screwing up our inventory in the process. My own last day prank was to go around on those ladders you see at a lot of bookstores and unscrew every lightbulb in arm's reach just enough so it wouldn't come on and wouldn't fall out either. Apparently it took them days to figure out there was nothing wrong with the wiring in the place.
I used to work in this restaurant in the downtown area of my city which had several restaurants near by. Whenever we would get a new dishwasher or inexperienced cook we would say something like "Hey, we're out of ice mix, head to restaurant X and grab some." The other restaurants were in on this and the poor kid would be sent restaurant to restaurant until he caught on.
Another good one is to send them for the "long stand". Same kind of thing but they come in and ask for the long stand, then they are basically left to stand there as long as it takes to realize that they are an idiot haha.
Had an annoying co-worker who said she was "allergic" to hand lotion and that we could not use it while she was in the room, then she would dominate the conversation with her rudeness and loud comments. Whenever I got tired of her mouth I would pull out the small bottle of hand lotion from my bag and quietly rub the lotion on my hands so nobody would notice who did it but everyone could smell it. Of course, she smelled it and would pack up her lunch while yelling at everyone about the lotion. Everyone would look around like "what just happened?". I would sit there with a smile on my face very glad to see her gone.
I used to print faces of Vladimir Putin and stick about five sheets of it into each brand new pack of paper in the storage room. I figured out how to open and reseal those packagings.
Whenever they print stuff there will sometimes be Putin's face on the other side. They even called the paper supplier to complain.
On a windows machine, go into the mouse settings and enable "Click Lock".
This changes a primary button click into a toggle on/off instead of the standard press and release for highlighting and click and drag operations.
It's infuriating as hell and obscure enough that most people assume the mouse is broken and will request a new one. The new one will do it too.
Or just microwave some fish.
We have two microwaves in the break room that somebody needs the time to be the same on. I used to change the time on one by twenty minutes and wait for them to fix it. Now i change it by one minute everyday until they fix it and i start over.
One guy was notorious for being a couple minutes late every day. So when he showed up almost an hour late one day, everyone in the office took all of his stuff from his desk and put it in a box in his cubicle.
I wasn’t a Windows programmer, but a guy om my team was. He wrote an innocuously-named program called sndvol32.exe, which we installed on the office verysmart neckbeard’s PC.
It opened up a number of commands that we could run remotely on the target computer. Control the volume, open and close programs, etc.
My favorite simple trick was unlocking his computer while he was away. Back in the day we could do this by just killing the screensaver task. We could also jump the mouse around, and munge files.
We would all know that somone was abusing sndvol32 by the frustrated oinking coming fron the target’s desk.
I created an internal website that would allow people to quickly and conveniently send strings of commands to it.
One of those was kill the screensaver and put up an underwear website fullscreen.
The guy kept a log of his IT issues. I sneaked a peek once. I was the cause of nine out of his top ten.
I worked with a close friend who went on vacation for a week. I went into his office and wrapped everything in it with aluminum foil. The trick was I left everything exactly as it was. It was as if his office got gift wrapped with aluminum foil. I even wrapped each individual coin he had in his bank, which was an old water cooler bottle. It took me almost 2 days.
On Sunday evening (he was due back to work that Monday) I called him and told him we were having a BBQ and asked for him to bring some aluminum foil to the office. The whole office gathered as he came into work with 4 rolls of aluminum foil under his arm. It was hilarious.
I used to put butter and salt in the community coffee pot. After a couple weeks of doing it no one said anything so I put a little more each time(got to where i was dumping copious amounts of salt and butter in the coffee). Finally like a month later, the boss speaks up and says there is some "f*cking disgusting film" on his coffee, and everyone chimes in with "my coffee has tasted like ass the last few days" and "my coffee has been super salty tasting" and "ive had diarrhea from the coffee i think" so my boss decides to send the coffee company a mean email. (at this point its gone too far and everyone is pissed so i cant come clean). The coffee company responds with something along the lines of "sorry, some batches are bad and have a lot of oily film on them causing the coffee to taste salty or have a butter like film on it." They apologize and we get free coffee for 6 months. Still to this day I cant be found out and think about it(chuckling to myself) almost daily. This was about 10 years ago.
I incorporate 80's songs or catchy songs into conversations so the song itself is stuck in their heads all day.
Change their wallpaper when they forget to lock their computer.
I share a receptionist job with another college student. I do weekdays, he does weekends, and we use the same desk. I like to google random and really odd stuff when he's logged in so that his ad suggestions go weird.
Had a co-worker who had a thing for some actress (Kate Bekinsdale, I think?) so we used to print pictures of her and replace the photos of his girlfriend/fiance in frames on his desk w/ photos of the actress and see how long before he'd notice. Usually took a day or two, sometimes it'd take a week!
The Noisy Cricket. Built a small device that chirps about twice per hour. Hid it in a coworkers cubicle. Days of fun.
I sewed the fly of my husband's shorts closed. I placed them in a pile of his shorts so he would put them on on a certain day. Turned out better than I thought. That day he called and wanted to know "what's going on?". He had joined the guys in his office for a coffee break, then all went to the restroom before returning to work, and hello? You can imagine what happened. "April Fool" I yelled. Best prank ever.
I once put an anoyatron on the backside of the filing cabinet under the alarm system panel in the security office was talking with a friend who worked there.
They must have called the alarm company every week to come and fix it.
The battery died before they ever found it
Gradually change the sensitivity settings on their computer mouse and leave leaflets about Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease lying around in the break room.
I used to turn on all the motion activated trinkets/ music toys when I worked at bob Evans.
The Only thing that kept me sane was watching customers and employees slowly lose their minds.
I wrote a whole choose your own adventure type story on post it notes and hid it throughout a filing cabinet. My hope is one day someone will stumble upon the first note and be in for a hell of a ride.
It was a dark story too, no matter which path you take you end up killing yourself.
When I was working the evening shift, I had this morning shift co-worker who was(/is) a shit who regularly screws up work and makes life difficult for the rest of us. Before I left on March 31st I took ALL of the paperclips on this co-worker's desk and linked them together into one long chain. Then I removed the staples from all the nearby staplers and put his boxes of spares back in the supply room. Super petty shit, but stuff that couldn't be construed as me wasting or ruining supplies, just making shit inconvenient for him.
He was apparently super pissed about it. Blamed my April Fool's prank on a different co-worker, too, which made it even better.
My cubicle neighbor is a hunter. He shot a deer with an arrow, but it ran away and he took a whole day off of work to find it. So I printed a picture of a deer and taped it to the bottom of his mouse. Can't work until he finds that deer.
I shouldn't pick too much. Jalapeño cheese deer bologna is awesome.
I take a screenshot of their desktop. Make it the first slide on a powerpoint, second slide is a scary picture and an auto play scream audio file embedded. I turn up their speakers and wait. I've had a coworker fall out of their chair once from the scare.
Misspell their name in emails.
Place dead batteries in their keyboard/mouse. Do this every day for a week.
One co-worker is 10 years younger than I am, I use out of date pop culture references and exclamations, then follow them up by saying, "That is what the kids say nowadays, right?" Example; "Well, that's just the bee's knees!" turns to coworker... "That is what the kids say nowadays, right?"
I worked at a library as a page so all of our office supplies were shared by our department. A coworker brought in a cutesy thing to hold post-it notes in. This thing only held a small amount of the post-it notes so we had a stack of excess post-it notes like a few inches away for easy refill. I would deliberately take post-it notes from the excess stack because it drove this older lady crazy. She knew they were from the stack because the ones in the container would be a different color than the ones making up the top of the stack. She was not very nice to anyone so I don’t feel bad at all.
It's so easy to set stuff up remotely in scheduler, via GPO or remote access. Simple stuff, like Notepad launching every minute....or a restart.
Know your colleagues though, and be sure your "banter" levels are equal; do a restart when s/he's prepping for a big meeting and you'll lose colleagues, and even your job, rapidly.
I work in an office full of millennials with a really casual dress code. Well, no dress code.
You will never see panic like circulating a fake dress code memo in an office of 20-somethings who wear t-shirts, ball caps and jerseys to work every day.
I sat across from another employee while we were working at computers- I switched monitor hook-ups so I whatever I did on my computer showed up on his monitor. We were friends-so he knew but for a few minutes I could mess with him. It was a very open office so you could see whatever docs "he" was opening/ what bizarre stuff "he" was looking up on-line. OMGah so funny.
I put a shutdown command on my co-workers desktop and changed the icon to look like internet explorer. I hid internet explorer and named the command internet exploder. Every time he tried to go online the computer shut down ha ha. Sorry Terry!
Not so much a prank, but I work with young kids. The ladies in charge of decorating and maintain the facility were asked not to put anything on the incredibly white walls. So one day after work I found all of the kids' artwork that I could and hung it all around the facility. I had never been asked not to put things on the walls. Everyone was extremely surprised and thrilled to find our new "museum-esque" design. Plus it started a whole thing so now the kids will hang the artwork by themselves and we even have some fun kid's posters. It was definitely an amazing addition!
I work in a factory with 500-ish employees. The break room has this big, beefy coffee maker and I move the coffee packets to different cupboards in the room every week or two. People loooose their shit.
The door to my shared office (me and my boss behind one door) has a cipher code rather than a key. Looks like this.
It's 100% mechanical, and I always get into work before him. So I enter the correct code, enter the office, and "pre-enter" the wrong code. Then I close the door and wait for him to come to work.
Every time he tries the code, he "gets it wrong". And has to do it twice.
Whenever my co-worker isn't at his desk, I'll put back one - but only one - of the keyboard rests. So next time he goes to type, his keyboard will be off balance!
Also, sometimes I mess with his adjustable chair arm rests.
Guy made this HUGE deal about being the "Safety King." He went on vacation for 2 weeks. I spent that two weeks building him a card board castle in his cube. Got to work at like 6 am to try to beat him and get a reaction. Someone tipped him off and it was torn down by the time I got there.
I found a program that would randomly open and close a CD drive. I installed it on his computer while he was on a smoke break. It took him 30 minutes to give up and accept it. I could hear him mutter "WTF" under his breath each time it would pop open.
I once worked the hot deli in a large supermarket. I had a little schtick where I would throw in an extra chicken wing or whatever by saying, "Here's a free one, since you're our one millionth customer." Then we'd have a little laugh. One man, though, said, "REALLY?!?"
I found out how to sent an email from any email address. So right before my 121 with my boss Ive set up the mail to be sent once im in front of her talking about me etc. It was an email from her,to her saying something like: Hey Dan, its Dan... You know Monika works really hard and she definitely deserves a raise. Since you are already talking to her, do it. You maybe dont have the courage to do it, but I do...( she of course found out it must be me and we had a great laugh. Just imagine your boss getting the brain restarted in front of you, reading that, than a big laugh and: I have only one question: How did you do that????)
Had a hunt and peck kind of guy, not so great at typing. I switched a couple letters around on the keyboard.
Many moons ago a colleague (#1) and I devised a plan to get a another colleague (#2). Both colleagues kept on boasting who had the better frequent flyer cards or who got to the 'gold status' faster. One day I got colleague #1 and together we created a new frequent flyer 'card'. An elaborate 8 page welcome letter written on beautiful paper was sent to his new office in another country.
No card was needed as the platinum status he now had meant he was part of an exclusive club of no more than 10 of the most valued customers the airline had. All he would need to do is utter his name and things would happen. We created a fake website with a gorgeous logo, added a real customer service number and decided to wait. Months went by and we thought he probably figured out it was a joke but never mentioned it (and revenge would come unexpected). One day I visited him at home and after a little while he says 'oh, come and have a look at this' while he fished a few papers from the bin beside his desk. I immediately noted the paper we bought for this and the black envelope that had his name in black ink (looked gorgeous). He told me to read it and I did (all the while trying not to laugh). He had thrown it out as he thought it to be a hoax. I said this was fantastic but he was not buying it completely. I asked him to call the number but he insisted we have lunch. We said our goodbyes afterward and about 15 minutes later I receive a phone call. He asked me 'did you guys get me' ? I asked 'what'? He told me he went to the website but it asked for a 26 digit password. He then proceeded to call the number and he only stated his name. Needless to say the airline personnel had no clue who he was. He told them he was the newest 'Ultima' member and started to rattle off his problems with the website and he still had not received his 24 (yes, for him and up to 8 wives) Hermes leather baggage tags as well as his Hermes branded welcome kit (leather of course) containing his 26 digit password.
I could barely contain myself, all the while thinking of the airline personnel on the phone who must have thought some nut was calling them. But I managed to let him believe a little longer by telling him he should probably call the head office (another country) as it was probably still new and locally might not have been informed yet.
Another call later and he was furious over the phone. After he went quiet, I asked him (with genuine concern) if he was really mad with us and he said: No, I am mad at myself. Nobody has ever gotten the better of me with a prank in over 10 years.
It has been at least 15 years but I still remember his words: one day, when you least expect it, I will get you back. This can be be tomorrow, it can be next week, or many many years from now....
btw our boss enjoyed the prank and told us it should have been good since we wasted a good part of 2 working days on it :)
I found this idea somewhere and decided to actually do it. Our manager have decided to have wishlist for our Christmas Party Exchange gift + Secret Santa. And what I got was extremely difficult to find and very expensive. a Revlon Lipstick that would cost 10 mother-freaking dollars. I cant find it on Watsons or any cosmetic-related stores anywhere, and its sold out online too. After I miraculously found one i decided to put it in a box in a box in a box in a box and the last box I used was a box for a rice dispenser. and it was like more than 10 boxes and all boxes was wrapped beautifully and tightly with tape too. We are also required to open our gifts during the party. She was shocked how heavy her gift was and i took her at least an hour to get to the smallest box only to find a math riddle on how to find which box I attached the lipstick. and she never knew who was her Secret Satan -- I mean Santa.
Get a black whiteboard marker and put a dot on the red light/lens part under their mouse. Extra points if you can subtly wipe off the dot with your finger, (and put another dot back on it later) to show only you have the powers to make their mouse move. Mwahaha.
Being about a foot taller than everyone else in the store, I sometimes move items to higher shelves so my coworkers have to get the step stool.
I work alone. Sometimes I leave a room and turn off the light out of habit and come back later thinking I'm about to be murdered because someone turned off my light.
Subtle yet effective.
I work in an open office without walls. Only the higher ups get an office, rest is all flex workplaces.
Most people consistently sit at the same desk. There's 2 women who always sit across of me and instead of using the big gap to enter this section of the office, they use a small gap that is inbetween book cases and a pillar.
So every friday when they are not here, I move the bookcases a little closer to the pillar until they reach the point where they struggle to get through. This way they will think they are getting fat and it will mentally destroy them, I noticed that one of them stopped drinking coffee and brings salads into work instead her usual turkey-mayo sandviches.
No one knows I do this since theres barely anyone at the office on a friday afternoon.
Someone left a super passive aggressive note on the office water dispenser about emptying the drip tray. Someone else had written on the note "passive aggressive much?" and I made a mocking Spongebob meme and put it on there. Both the note and the meme were gone an hour or two later.
One of my coworker went on holidays... so I wrapped every thing on her desk with tin foil. Since even our boss loved the joke, the next time she went away I covered her desk with balloons! I'd have carried on like this, but she was getting to the end of her contract and left us shortly after this.