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Canonical List of Pranks

Canonical List of Pranks
Compiled by Stacy Behrens  (sjb3@lehigh.edu)
Version 3.0

This is a list of pranks and practical jokes of all sorts.  The
contributors are listed at the bottom.  I take no responsibility for anyone
getting in any trouble or causing any harm to anyone due to anything listed
here.  If you have a good prank and it isn't listed here, mail it to me and
I'll see about adding it to the list.  I'm not necissarily interested in
funny stories unless there is a prank that can be described in a fairly
short paragraph contained within.  The pranks on this list range from
harmless to the downright cruel since the idea is to have a list to cover
all occasions.

    -Rigged Door
    -Food & Resturant
    -Dorm Room
    -Tape & Movie
    -New Employee
as well as the list of contributors

-----Rigged Door Pranks------------
-Balance a nearly full bucket of water against someone's door at night.
When they open it the next morning it will fall and flood their room. Even
better against elevator doors.

-Remove someone's doorknob and reinstall it with the lock on the inside.
Works best if the victim is in the room and the door is locked and you have
his/her keys.

-If the victim has a recessed door, fill the area flush with the wall
(perhaps with drywall) and paint to match the wall.  Victim returns to a
wall where the door used to be.

-Place clear tape across the outside of a door from top to bottom.
Frequently people will run into it especially if they are in a hurry.

-If the door is metal and has a metal frame, weld the person into (or out
of) their room.  Can be done to the hinges as well if there is no metal

-Steal a person's door. Leave a trail of clue's as to where to find it.
Have them running all over the place trying to find it and have them end up
somewhere near where they started.  (like in the next room)

-Jam so many pennies between the door and the door frame that the person
cannot turn the doorknob to get out.  Even better if the pennies are
superglued in place to prevent removal.  Also you may wish to put vaseline
on the inside doorknob to prevent them from being able to turn the knob.

-Place "Bang-Snaps" in precarious positions on a door so that they will
drop and explode when the door is opened.  (such as balanced on the

-Brick up the entrances to a building at night before anyone arrives.

-Reverse the peephole on peoples door.  Allows for some interesting spying
since very few people actually check this part of the door.

-----Mail Pranks-------------------

-Send in subscriptions to embarasing magazines in the victim's name.  Make
sure to check "Bill Me".

-Send off a request in the victims name to numerous foriegn postage stamp
bureaus requesting  ordering information, to be put on mailing lists, etc.
The response is quite astounding.

-Get change of address cards from the post office and change the victim's
address to someplace like Guam.

-----Camping Pranks----------------
-Bury someone's hatchet or ax in a tree about 20 feet off the ground and in
plain sight.

-Snipe Hunts.  'Nuff Said.

-Spray someone's tent with some aerosol based bug spray.  This will erode
the waterproofing of the tent.

-----Showering Pranks--------------
-Urinate in a person's shampoo.

-Put Nair or some other hair removal chemical in a person's shampoo or
conditioner.  You may need to distract the person for a moment to let the
stuff take a better hold.

-Fill the shower head with dry temper paint, onion salt, easter egg pellets
or the like.  Lifesavers are great since they disolve and then reform on
the victim.  The victim will feel sticky afterwards and of course the
1age of a print job to a different printer on the network.  Select the
printer at random.

-Put an intercom inside a machine and then convince some nerd that it is an
AI with voice recognition.

-Convince a newbie that there has been a virus going around that presents
hypnotic patterns on the screen which can really mess up your mind.  Then
start up remotely or set to start at a particular time a fractal program of
some sort.  They'll probably panic big time.

-Write a TSR that turns the keyboard on and off at short intervals. You'll
watch the person try keyboard after keyboard.  Can also swap keys using
ANSI.SYS or xmodemap depending on the system.

-Rig the spring in a Macintosh floppy drive to fire the disk a goodly
distance from the machine upon ejection.

-Reverse the turbo switch so that the machine runs fast when it should run
slow and slow when it should be fast.

-If they haven't changed the default password for their BIOS, change it
yourself and lock them out of their machine.

-Write fake disaster error messages that appear at random time.

-----New Employee Pranks---------
-Send a new employee for various mythical items such as:
    Double sided transperencies
    Dehydrated Water
    Bucket of compressed air
    A one molar solution of water
    A stanchion remover
    A bucket of steam
    A phallopian tube
    A long weight (long wait)
    A short weight
    Short circuits
    Lightning bolts
    A "mattababe" (as in what's a "mattababe")
    A "dickfore" (same as above)
    A piston return spring
    A left handed wrench, hammer, razor...
    Agent Orange (paint color)
    Sparkplugs for a desiel engine
    A short/long stand
    A chain stretcher
    Hydraulic cement bender
    Snowtires for the shopping carts

-Tell the new employee that the management at the movie theater or other
concession stand wants exactly 47 nachos on every tray and they'll get
upset if the victim doesn't do it.

-----Phone Pranks----------------
-Coat the reciever of someone's phone with shoe polish and then give them a
call.  Instant gratification.  Make sure you match the colors of the polish
and the phone.  Small amounts of shaving cream work too.

-Utilizing threeway calling, call two people you don't know and start a
confused conversation that goes like, "who is this?", "Who is *this*?",
"Why did you call me?", "Call you?  You called me!"...

-Glue the victim's reciever down, and then start making lots of calls to
the victim.

-Call in pledges to your local public TV station in the victim's name.  Be
generous.  Other charities work as well.

-Switch on the intercom as tell the victim that the "person on the other
end wants to talk to you".  You'll hear them going "Hello?  Hellooo?"...

-----Appliance Pranks------------
-Wrap an *extremely* fine gauge wire several turns around each prong of the
power cord of some plug in appliance with a single strand going between the
two prongs.  The current coming out of a wall is sufficent that the wire
will instantly and completely vaporize the wire and will result in a
startling flash. This one leaves no evidence and will make the person
terrified to plug the appliance back in.  WARNING: this is VERY dangerous
if too large a gauge of wire is used.

-Purchase a "universal TV remote" from a place like Radio Shack.  When
walking by public TVs, such as those in a dorm lounge, change the channel
without giving anyone any idea you are doing it.

-Take a transciever like the ones ham radio operators use (3 watts or
more is good) and push transmit while near a TV.  Will have the effect of
semi-scrambling whatever is showing.  Them more powerful the transceiver,
the more the TV signal gets messed up.  This does work on cable TV.

-Leave toothpast on the underside of light switches and doorknobs.

-Use appliance timers to detonate stereo equipment at high volume.

-Leave a copier to print 99 copies at 33% resolution on 8x14 paper.

-Leave someone's furniture in a 99% disassembled state.  Repeat as

-----Sleeping Pranks-------------
-Fasten someone to their bed with numerous bungi cords.

-Put coathangers between the matress and the sheet.

-Get lots of cheap alarm clocks and set them to go off at 3:00am and every
20 minutes thereafter.  Hide them well.

-Bury someone several feet deep in wet unrolled toilet paper.

-Pour "cyalume" (the stuff in those glow sticks you see every holoween) on
someone then wake them and say, "Dude, you're glowing" and watch them

-Place the sleeping person's hand in a bowl of lukewarm water.  Will
fequently cause bed wetting.

-Shave parts of a person while they are passed out drunk.  Be creative. Do
things such as half a mustache, one eyebrow, etc.

-Draw in permenant marker all sorts of messages on the skin of a person who
has passed out drunk.  Messages should include things like "[insert name of
another person you dislike] was here" with a big arrow pointing to the
person's rear end.

-Smear a person's body with Nair or other hair removal substance.  Works
great on hairy italian guys.

-Print a message in lipstick on someone's chest. (such as "Thank You")
Works best after a night where they really got drunk and may not remember
what they were doing the night before.

-Sprinkle Sand or Jello Mix or the like in the person's bed.

-----Pyrotechnical Pranks----------
-Burn a hole in someone's newly paved asphalt driveway using thermite.

-Place industrial strength smoke grenades (the sort that will fill up
entire buildings) in obscure places in a public building.  Also good in
someone's car or truck.

-Make some Amonium Tri-iodide.  Be creative.

-----Vehicle Pranks----------------
-Place an old beat up vehicle near the entrance to a school building.
Remove the wheels and fill it with cement.  Nearly impossible to remove.

-Cut an old wreck in half and weld it together around a flagpole.

-Dissassemble an old car and reassemble it on top of a building or in the
main lobby of the building.

-Block off a major road using traffic cones or barrels.

-Get some of the jacks used for moving cars around car lots and move all
the cars in a lot so that they are about 3 inches apart and impossible to
get into or move.

-Fill someone's car or truck top to bottom with snow.  (You'll need a
shovel most likely)

-Place a dead fish in an area of the engine that is hard to get to and
that will get hot.  Jammed under the radiator is just about perfect.  After a
couple of days the smell just becomes unbearable.

-Jack up a persons car so the wheels are just barely off the ground, but
not enough to be noticable.

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