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Funny office pranks

Have you pulled off any good office pranks? Most of my office pranks were years ago, and most were directed at a hypochondriac boss with OCD, who surprisingly enjoyed being the object of pranks that picked on his condition (I think he viewed it as cheap therapy, although he didn’t kick his OCD or the meds until he had to change diapers on a daily basis).

Here are a few we pulled on him:

  • I called him on the first day of a vacation to tell him I had flesh-eating Strep (my coworkers there at the time said he paced frantically for about 10 minutes and started looking faint before they finally told him it was a joke)
  • We changed the expiration dates on foods and made sure he wouldn’t notice until after eating them
  • We convinced clients to act sick after eating the same lunch as he had eaten in the cafeteria
  • On the day of a big meeting, we took him to a backwoods type of restaurant where they promptly cut off his tie and hung it on the wall (we had a spare for him)

He always joked heartily about these pranks soon afterwards, but during the prank he’d be pretty nervous and jittery.

Unlike my little antics, some people go big when performing office pranks. Here’s a few that I thought were pretty funny:

Removing glass from inside door prank:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Foiled office:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

How to surprise the boss who just bought a new car (apparently from a Canadian TV commercial, but still a funny idea):

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Office fun … not so much a prank but would be a hoot to see:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

And finally, an old office ‘prank’ gone wrong. Hopefully this will be a lesson to all the guys out there thinking of this one:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Have any good office prank ideas, or ones that you’ve pulled?

10 Responses to “Funny office pranks”

  1. on 27 Nov 2006 at 2:01 am MC

    The one you think is a commercial is from a commercial, and the last one if from tv show or an ad because the guy in it is a Canadian actor named(and I can’t make this up), Mike Beaver.

  2. on 27 Nov 2006 at 7:39 am Peety

    Good afternoon,
    Did you have a nice wek-end?

    Ok, one prank that was done to my ex- employer was that he was licked out of the office for at least 15 mins. in the dead of winter.. (he had no jacket and , no phone with him) oops… Of course we heard the bell but we were supposdly to busy with a customer to answer the door..

    (would you be interested in exchanging links?)

    *hugs* Enjoy the rest of your day.. x

  3. on 27 Nov 2006 at 10:32 am Dzesika

    We once turned everything in a co-worker’s office upside down. Including the desk, etc. But these win, hands down …

    Forgot about the restaurant where they cut off your tie. We had one of those in Denver. Maybe I could get people to enforce that at work?

  4. on 27 Nov 2006 at 5:30 pm Jay

    I have done some pretty elaborate things to co-workers in the past, but my favorite is still a classic. Simply unscrew the microphone or receiver cover on someone’s desk phone, and then drop in a tiny cube of parmesan cheese. It (before too long) smells like death, and they think it’s somehow their fault. I’ve also done this to pay phones in busy public areas. The reactions are priceless, especially from those who put the receiver against their face before smelling it, and walk away from the phone in disgust trying to wipe themselves clean.

  5. on 27 Nov 2006 at 7:09 pm Maritza

    These are so great! We once scanned a coworkers ID on adhesive paper and covered all the milk containers into “Have you seen this woman?” with her photo. An easy one is to turn the ringer volume on someone’s phone all the way up and have everyone call that extension at the same time. The old beeper taped under a chair was a classic and hiding in a coat closet is a good one!

    Thanks for the chuckles!!

  6. on 28 Nov 2006 at 11:51 am Haha

    We had this one guy who loved Wheat Thins. First we waited until he threw out an empty box, and we took then. Then, when he opened a new box, we waited until he was out, took most of the crackers out of the new box, put them in the old hidden box, and waited. He would notice that he only had a few crackers left, act puzzled, and then eat the rest, throwing the box out.

    Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

    One day he blew up. “Where the hell are all my Wheat Thins going!” We all cracked up, and opened the drawer showing him the five almost-full boxes of Wheat Thins we had stashed.

  7. on 16 Jan 2007 at 11:30 am Fun house

    Office Prank Gone Wrong…

    [..] In case you were thinking of this prank: don’t! Yes it sounds like a good idea to make a copy of your own ass, but it will only make people laugh when they see your stupidity :wall: [..]…

  8. on 24 Jan 2007 at 1:53 pm Jamie Shepard

    I have never seen anything like this…very funny =)

  9. on 19 Feb 2007 at 7:52 am Ryan

    1.unscrew the wheels from a chair, they will think they have broken it
    2.after they leave their desk for any reason (try to get someone to help) put super glue on the earpice, when they return (having someone who got them away in the first place is useful, so you can signal them, letting them know the trap is in place) call their phone, with any luck when they go to hang it up, it will be stuck to them (another version is to have it on a part of the phone that they will hold, so it gets stuck to their hand)
    3. if you really hate someone, then steal an important file from the office, and plant it in their cubical, then they will be fired
    4. if they are lucky enough to have a ‘window seat’, cover the window with sticky notes
    5. erase the c-drive
    6. if they have a cubical with a door (they do exist), fill it with those styrofoam things you get in packages, this one also doubles as a cover for a second prank,before they find out, place thumbtacks in the mess, so when they grab a bunch of them, they might just get hurt 😛

  10. on 26 Oct 2007 at 5:05 pm Jim

    We once took the wonderful 5 year aniv. walkie talkies and placed them in the back of the computer. With the other one keyed the whole time we would talk bad things about the person. Also making comments to them being fired later in the day. Enough to scare them. We also did one where we would whisper the persons name and make comments that were deathly. Another one is to talk to them like you are the computer. This is especially funny if you have them linked to a network. Then the IT guy can be in on the prank and take control of the computer. He can type on word and you can say it in the radio at the same time. People shit themselves.

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