Sometimes, the office gets so boring you think your head is about to explode. Liven up the workday scene with some of these harmless pranks, however, and you’ll start to enjoy life a bit more.
Lunch Bag Switch-A-Roo
This really works well if you have a colleague who brings their lunch to work in a brown paper bag. Of course, if you’re a dedicated prankster, you’ll have no problem buying a cooler or lunch bag that matches theirs perfectly, but that’s definitely going above and beyond.
Basically, the goal of this prank is to make someone think that their lunch was destroyed or lost in some horrific accident. If they bring their lunch in a paper bag that has their name written on it, simply bring your own identical paper bag, filled with barbecue charcoal, dirt, dead leaves or whatever else you’re not too squeamish to touch. Copy their name from their lunch bag to your decoy and place it in the fridge where they had theirs. If you slide theirs to the back so they don’t see it, they’ll grab your prank lunch, take it back to their desk and be horrified to discover whatever surprise you left them.
Curses, Foiled Again!
If your coworker decides to take his or her rightfully-earned vacation vacation days while you slave away in the office, take your revenge with regular tin foil and scotch tape. This prank may require extra assistance, but that only makes it more fun. While they’re gone, cover everything you can in their office with tin foil. Make sure to spend time double-wrapping useful items like keyboards and computers, and remember not to help them clean it all up when they get back.
Many offices sadly haven’t gone paperless yet. For those environmental crusaders who have been trying to convince their tech-fearing bosses that emails are the best way to go, the stapler prank usually works quite well.
This requires some routine dedication, but it’s really easy. All you have to do is remove all but the last two staples from your boss’s stapler every few days. Eventually, they’ll go insane trying to figure out who’s been using all their staples and why they have to refill so often. If you’re lucky they’ll just get tired of paper all together, switch to emails and start paying higher worker salaries instead of high office supply fees.
Computer mice used to offer all sorts of opportunities for trouble. It was easy to remove the trackball from a coworker’s mouse and render it completely inoperative. Although the technology has changed, you can still do the same thing with a post it note on an optical mouse. Tape it to the bottom, covering the light sensor, and remember to leave a nice message for the recipient.
This final prank is a classic. Make a quick visit to your coworker’s computer, pop the ‘E’ and the ‘F’ keys off their keyboard, and return them in the opposite places. Your coworker will still be able to type, but not without thinking they’re insane. If you have time, you can switch all the letter keys around, but that’s pretty devious.
Neil is an Office Prankster and Entrepreneur from Sydney, Australia. He has had a lot of success with these pranks over the years but has recently started his own business and now uses virtual office space. However, Neil says it won’t be long until he moves into physical office space and starts pulling pranks on his colleagues once again.