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Posted on 03/02/2005 11:21:15 AM PST by srm913
One of my co-workers is a saver. About 15 years ago, our insurance company used a new password each week to identify company representatives. About a year ago, my co-worker found a file with all the passwords. He showed it to all of us and we all agreed there was no reason to keep it, so he threw out the file.
We have a sales convention every year and a top management person would leave company-wide e-mails to update us on information for the convention. A couple of days after my co-worker threw out the file, I called a top manager who sends e-mails updating us on the annual sales convention and asked him to send a fake company-wide e-mail to my co-worker announcing that there would be a contest at the convention and the person who could recall the most company passwords from the old days would win.
My co-worker read the e-mail and came out of his office white as a sheet. We only let him suffer for a couple of hours before we told him the truth.
Ann Mikiska, Farmington
The president of the company where I used to work had a very efficient secretary. When she put a stack of letters on his desk to be signed he didn't read them, just signed each letter and sent them back to her. The office jokester slipped in a sheet with the president's resignation on it, and of course he signed it. The jokester had a good time with it and no harm came from it.
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I have a friend who takes a lot of heat because his wife choses his outfits daily. Well, every thursday she sets out a sweater vest for him. Without his knowledge his department designated thursday as sweater vest day. The best part is that as his employees started trickling in that morning, he would hassle them about wearing a sweater vest. Later in a section meeting the had added the e-mailed meeting notice to his material.
There was a wide variety of sweater vests being worn, some even from the 70's. It was classic!
In 1968 I lived in a dorm with a genteleman who ledge walked to the open window of his neighbors dorm room (3rd floor) and climbed in.
He then tied a rope arond the guy's mattress and attached the other end to the door knob.
The mattress was then lowered out the window and the hinges were removed from the door ... he left the same way he came.
Nearly pull the guy's arm off when he unlocked the deadbolt and turned the knob.
I like the idea of taping FAX spams together to form a continous loop and sending back to the sender...
My dad had two Navajo college roommates that hated each other's guts. One day roommate #1 took the other guy's Scope bottle and urinated in it. For almost four months, he would watch intently as his roommate gargled it every morning.
I worked at an amusement park in the early 1970's. Our accountant was an elderly man who seemed to be out of it. So one of the young supervisors, as a prank, just to see if the old man would notice it, gave himself a raise. Then President Nixon made his speech freezing wages. It couldn't be changed. He had planned to tell if it went through--he just wanted to make his point. But he got caught. Fortuantely, the accountant had a sense of humor that had never shown before.
This should be a very funny thread! I will bookmark.
Bump until I figure out if the statute of limitations is up.
While working for a well drilling outfit, there was a jokester who screwed with my lunch. We were working about 10 miles between hell & nowhere, both truck set up and drilling, so if I wanted lunch, I had to walk a long way. I was pissed off, to say the least.
We wore hardhats, but all had ballcaps to wear home. His ballcap got a nice load of used grease smeared all under the brim. His spark plug wires got crossed up, and door handles greased. Both of them. He didn't find out about the passenger side being greased until he picked up his GF that night.
He never mesed with my lunch again.
Don't know if it's an urban legend or not, but my favorite is the story of the guy who everyone hated that bought a lottery ticket every week and left it in his desk. One week on the morning after the drawing, one of his co-workers stopeed and bought a ticket with the previous nights winning numbers, then replaced the man's ticket from his desk with the new ticket.
Upon arriving at work and checking his ticket, he proceeded to celebrate hi winnings, including telling his boss to kiss his posterior.
Wasn't till later that he was informed of the drawing dates...
Bump for fun reading after work.
This is not an office prank, but is very funny if done correctly. When out at a restaurant with a group pick one person as the victim. Everyone but the target needs to be in on it. As the after dinner conversation unfolds everyone takes opportunities as they occur to move each and every item on the table little by little - until everything is in front of the one person. I have engineered this prank on multiple occasions and it is hilarious when the target finally realizes what is happening, and a lot of fun while it is progressing too. At a New Years Eve dinner many years ago with four couples, seven of us managed to get absolutely everything jammed together in front of one person. Took us about 45 minutes, but we had a great time and still talk about that prank.
A classic prank started at Cal Tech. Several grad students bought hundreds of little plastic cups and filled them with water. They very carefully arranged all the cups across every inch of their target professor's office until they reached the office door. They turned off his office lights, and waited till they saw him coming back from class. They then called him on his office phone, he heard the ringing of course, and slammed open his office door and ran toward his desk phone.
The first thing I do in the morning is check my email. Well, there was an email from one of the vice presidents. It said that my computer had been identified as going to websites that might offend some people and that I would be sent to sensitivity training. It also said I was spending too much time on Ebay and other shopping websites. Well, as I read the first few lines, my blood pressure started going up. I showed it to my friends and asked them what I should do, one guy's daughter is lawyer and I was close to calling her. My computer doesn't have a password. To make a long story short, they set up a fake hotmail account and in my haste I didn't read the hotmail part, it wasn't from the work email system. All of this was in retaliation for copying and pasting my friend's head photo and putting it in an ad for one of those gay clubs. Well, it was all done in fun. Gee, they really got me though.
Bump, too funny!
Last year on April 1st, I made up a memo with an official-like letterhead, and passed it out to the people answering the phones in our clinic. The memo said that there was a cut in the fiberoptic phone line, and since then, dust has entered the line, and needed to be "blown out". The company listed on the memo was contracted to do this. The memo instructed them to place Saran Wrap over the ear and mouthpiece of the phone. If they were using a headset, they were also to place Saran Wrap over that, starting at 8:55am.
At around 8:50, I heard my co-workers saying "it's time...we better wrap our phones"; several of them did in fact wrap their phones (I also placed several rolls of Saran Wrap around the clinic). In the meantime, I was in my cubicle, laughing my a$$ off, and practically wetting my pants. One of them walked by my desk, saw me laughing, and finally figured out that they had been had....
My Dad was in the Plumbers and Steamfitters and welded. It took me a long time to figure out why he took firecrackers to work occasionally. Apparently, it was a long standing prank to put firecrackers under the work area of the apprentices. When the cutting sparks hit the crackers and went off, the entertainment began.
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