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Dehydrated Water
(thanks David Reeves)

This was spotted on the chemical storage shelf in a laboratory adjacent to David’s. What could be more refreshing than a dehydrated can-o-water?

Yes, the headline is correct, a miniature toy dinosaur modeled after Dino from The Flintstones has destroyed an entire volcano in New Zealand. While this may seem hard to believe, our Crack team of journalists have scoured the world for exclusive pictures, and now have the straight poop.

As many of you may have read back in 2004, a prankster placed a toy Dino in front of the webcam at the White Island Crater in New Zealand. This story garnered huge media attention (you can see one of the stories here) and, as one would expect, brought immense fame and fortune to NZ Geologists.

Here is the original picture that started the buzz:

Dino at Crater 2004

While the geologists originally intended to parlay their good luck into the creation of a Kiwi version of The Wiggles, their plans were quickly thwarted when studies showed that the acidic atmosphere would dissolve Dino within 3 months. “Mate, we were devestated” said Olde Jack MacDonald, “but this whole bit is now a little dodgy, and I’m all buggered out b’fore I even’ve sculled my second pint.”

But as time went on, it became obvious that this wasn’t a normal dinosaur. While the acid dissolved cameras, tourists’ clothing (sorry, we can’t show those pics), and even the volcano rim itself, Dino remained:

Dino before the rampage

The world (OK, just the geologists and their internet girlfriends from Russia) soon became obsessed with finding Dino’s source of longevity. Some even reported seeing Dino stalking the crater at night. “Just look’at hiz eyes, he’s gone mad!” said one geologist, “I’m getting out of here for good, and I’m not gonna rest til’ I’m home ‘n hosed”.

On October 31st at 7:00pm, the webcam went dead (its publicly available final images are here). At least, that’s what they want us to believe. It turns out that the camera snapped one more picture the next day, right before Geonet took it offline, and a quick fingered member of our Crack team happened to download the photo:

Dino destroys volcano

Nobody knows if Dino used explosives or an unseen fire breathing talent, but sources tell us that only a large mountain of ash was left by that evening.

Luckily, Dino went back to his normal cute self after enacting vengeance upon the volcano, and was given away as a chew toy to a blind dog at the NZSPCA. The volcano and cameras are still under repair by the folks at Disney, and will re-open once the Magic Mountain tracks can be adequately concealed from the webcam.

So as not to face public ridicule and embarassment, Geonet has created this obviously fake story to explain the disappearance of the webcam. Come on guys, do you expect us to believe that a rubber dinosaur can withstand acid better than a special camera housing inside an old factory? You would have thought they could have come up with a better story than that.

As you may have been able to tell, I love fun harmless pranks. Last week’s Post-It note a Jaguar prank inspired me to find other cool office pranks done with Post-it notes. My favorite prank (actually 2 pranks closely spaced) was pulled on an easy-going boss named Chris. As you’ll see, the company has some creative employees.

Chris returns from vacation … it’s immediately apparent that the team has been busy:

Post-it 1

He walks in to find the office is now short 5,000 post-it notes, and the team is a day behind on their deadlines. At least they’re meticulous, and will have plenty of scratch paper for writing up ideas on how to catch up:

Post-It Note 2

A couple weeks later, the team decides their first prank was cool, but lacked artistry … so they start on a more creative project for the boss’s birthday:

Post-It Note 3

4 1/2 hours and 1,120 Post-It notes later, the boss is immortalized in Post-Its:
Post-It Note 4

Wow, even though the photographer was running for safety, it’s obvious the boss does kind of look like the Post-It artwork … although a tad less orange:
Post-It Note 5
“Back to work everyone!”

Thanks to the gang at Marketing Drive in San Francisco for letting me use these shots! You can see all the various pranks done on Chris the boss here. For the ambitious, you can even learn to make your own Post-It photo mosaic here.

I wonder if my company will ask why I placed a purchase order for 25,000 Post-It notes … that’s not out of the ordinary, is it? 😉

Here’s a screenprint of the eBay listing:

Lindsay Lohan sell her appendix on ebay

Lohan was quoted as saying: “This whole operation thing has been, like um, really hard for me. I’m hoping that this doesn’t end my singing career, I mean, like, come on … how’s a girl supposed to sing without her applesautix? The money from this auction will be used for a real super cause, and if the winner is cute, he may even get an invite to the, uh, kickin party, ummm … I mean super cause.”

Shaved head
Found at Davezilla

This guy must have received some priceless stares from strangers as he was standing around, I would have loved to see it. You know he MUST have pulled some pretty good pranks after taking this picture.

How long do you think he’d make it if he stood in the corner of a bank or airport security area like that?

How’s this for a crazy front page story … I guess my drive to work is going to be pretty easy tomorrow!

Strange Newspaper Clipping

Update: Yes, this was a joke. Based on my e-mail responses (and a few comments), it seems like a couple may have fallen for it initially … probably helped that schools were actually out (but due to winter break).

If you want to create your own news flashes, check out The newspaper clipping generator.

Cool Prank: Post-it Note a Car

UPDATE – If you like this, you may also like our Yet Another Post-It note prank.

If your office is overflowing with thousands of extra post-it notes, then this harmless prank is perfect for you to pull on your boss (or anyone else in the office with an infatuation for their car):

Oh, that poor Jaguar!

Post-It Jaguar just starting

Jaguar transformation in progress:

Post-It Jaguar In Progress

Finished car … that was a Jag?

Post-it Jaguar Complete

At least the rear end is styling!

Post-It Jaguar Rear End

If there was a magazine for this type of thing:

Post-It Jaguar Magazine

You can see the entire transformation, from an unexciting Jaguar to the pimped-out Post-It mobile, right here.

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?

crazy alienApril Fools day and Halloween: the two big days of the year when folks look to pull off pranks. Unfortunately, many pranks attempted by adults on Halloween are of the cheesy store-bought variety (e.g. fake hand in a candy bin), while many pranks performed by kids are borderline criminal.

To help everyone out this year, we decided to put together the top 10 list of relatively harmless pranks. These are all meant to have both the prankster and the ‘victim’ laughing after the prank is over, with no damage to property or health. Some of these can be performed any time of the year as well, but why wait?

BTW – thanks to creativity+ for the pic!

10. Fake Bumper sticker (kids or adults)
Print out a fake ‘HONK IF/FOR …’ bumper sticker then tape it with scotch/masking tape to someone’s bumper. If you’re stumped for ideas, here’s a sample bumper sticker – just fold in half and tape. The idea is to write something that will cause lots of people to honk. If you’re a kid, try doing this to your own parents and see if they say anything after they come home from work. If you’re an adult, perform to one of your coworkers. This isn’t really a Halloween prank, just fun.

9. Pumpkin trading (for kids)
Smashing pumpkins is not a prank – it’s vandalism. Besides, it’s very unoriginal and not really funny. This prank is far better, and doesn’t create swarms of angry homeowners. Here’s the basic principal: swap people’s pumpkins. This may sound lame at first, but it can be pretty funny. Take a pumpkin from one house and put it on another’s porch, repeat. You can put them in funny places or right in front of the door, put funny notes on them (“Your pumpkin has been abducted, here are my demands…”), replace candles with stuff (e.g. fake mice, pumpkin pie filling), draw pictures on them, etc. To see their reaction, ring the doorbell, run, and watch from a distance.

8. Yard Bum (adults)
Dress up like a bum and stumble onto a neighbor’s front lawn (even better if they’re a friend). Make sure you are unrecognizable, or that it’s dark. Take a 1 liter bottle of water wrapped in a brown paper bag for effect. After wandering aimlessly like you’ve had a few too many drinks, and after making sure they’ve noticed you, drop onto their front lawn or front porch. You could act passed out, or just not move much except for taking drinks from your bagged water. Obviously if they act like they’re gonna call the police, clue them in (unless your local police have a sense of humor) … otherwise just have fun as they yell/look out the window.

7. Caramel onions (adults)
The basis of this prank is to cover peeled onions, instead of apples, with caramel and then put on a stick. Since you might get other parents mad at you if you give these out to other kids, this works best as a prank against your own kids (or coworkers/friends). There’s endless variations here. For example, if they come home with a caramel apple, tell them you have to wait until the next day to eat it so you can inspect the apple to make sure it’s OK. After they go to bed, replace their apples with caramel onions. You’ll both get a laugh, and it will help enforce the “Don’t eat anything that isn’t factory sealed” rule that most parents now have on Halloween. Even better, one guy suggested bringing the onions to an adult Halloween party and having a ‘caramel apple eating contest’. :)

6. Stalker (kids or adults)
Good for kids or adults. Wear a scary costume that covers your face and find a group of kids to follow at a distance (slightly older kids work best). For a while, don’t get closer than one or two houses. Slowly get closer, until they start getting scared and recognize your costume. Finally, when they go into a house, stand on the porch and scare them when they come out. They’ll likely scream, but they also won’t be able to run away since they’re still in the house. If they’re younger than teens, you definitely want to take your mask off and say Happy Halloween (and possibly even give them some candy) … timing is everything on this one.

5. Pizza delivery trick or treat (adults)
On halloween, order a pizza right around trick or treating time. When he shows up, give him some candy and compliment him on his costume. When he then says something like “Uh, no … here’s your pizza ma’am”, say “WOW, most people just take the candy and run, you’re doing a great impersonation. Well, Happy Halloween, and have fun!” – then close the door. Open it soon afterwards and get a good laugh as you buy your pizza.

4. Polka dotted house (kids)
Egging houses is another non-prank that many kids perform on Halloween. Most kids don’t realize that when eggs can rot and cause permanent damage to some homes, and are just a royal pain to cleanup. Toilet Papering is slightly better, but unoriginal and awful after it rains. A better option is to polka dot a house. Get circular colored construction paper (or cut circles out of regular construction paper), put double sided tape on the back, and stick to a friend/neighbor’s home (if you put the tape on beforehand cover it with wax paper so it doesn’t lose its stickiness). The more the better. They’ll be totally confused and likely get a great laugh the next day (as will all the neighbors).

3. Christmas Caroling (kids)
Dress up as christmas carolers, take a hat with a sign that says “tips” (or “tips for college fund”, or if you’re bad singers “we stop singing for tips”), and do christmas carols from house to house. Sound lame? Not after you get money, and not as you watch the person open the door in complete confusion. Would probably work better in a wealthier neighborhood where you have a chance of actually being given money.

2. Total Darkness (kids or adults)
Here’s an oldie that still works great. Get a bunch of large black garbage bags and scotch tape. Tape the black plastic garbage bags to the doorway of someone’s door with the scotch tape. Ring the doorbell and watch from a distance. This prank is not funny on older or disabled homeowners, but great on family/friends/neighbors. If you feel like sticking around, video tape it for laughs on both sides afterwards.

1. Statue (kids or adults)
Stand completely still in someone’s front lawn or sidewalk. Don’t move at all. See how long it takes for them to come out and see if something’s wrong, start yelling, or send their kids out. When they get really close, yell “BOO!” Works best if you have a costume where they can’t see your face. Why is this #1? Because it will make them jump almost every time.

Have any others? How about cubicle/work pranks? Has someone performed a prank on you that you thought was pretty funny? Let us know!

Crazy e-bay feedback

Have you ever purchased something on eBay and been tempted to write completely ridiculous feedback after receiving the item (in case you didn’t know eBay encourages buyers/sellers to leave feedback after every purchase)? I’ve always wanted to do this, but never had the guts – particularly since I use my eBay account for work purchases.

I’ve pondered writing things like:

  • thanks for sending the underwear with the laserjet printer, fits snugly
  • i hope you look as good in person as in the included pictures, yum
  • works great, smells like limburger cheese – selling any nose plugs?

I’ve probably thought of 25 or 30 equally silly feedbacks over the past couple years, but tonight I stumbled upon what could be the greatest eBay feedback prankster ever – andy46477. This guy was a member in 1999, and only left nonsense/funny comments.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • If you can guess 3 of the foods in my retainer, I’ll send you a free VEGETABLE
  • I’ll bid on you til there’s nothing left but crumbs! Then I’ll bid on the crumbs
  • When I open boxes of cereal, you should be inside. Yes, you’re THAT GOOD!
  • I like my cars like I like my women – fast and expensive! Then I leave them
    Reply by 55chevy4: WHO IS THIS GUY ????????
  • Rotilla is a GOOD name for my wife. Don’t call her “Hey, STUMPY” again. EVER.
    Reply by hammerjammer: I don’t understand why this was left in the feedback section for me???
  • There was NO REASON for you to call my house and yell at my children. Still, A+
  • When life gives you a lemon, put it on eBay and I will bid on it.
  • You’re 15 genes short of HUMAN. But I mean that in a good eBay way. Yes I do!
  • Very polite, but I never spoke to him. Quick seller, yet I never bought. Hmmm.

You can read his entire eBay profile to find your own favorites here: eBay profile for andy46477. Have you ever received (or sent) funny/bizarre eBay comments? Like one of andy46477’s comments in particular? If so, let us know!

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