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Your best April's Fools Day pranks at work?

By robo_dev ·
that you lived to tell about?

Of course at work you have to balance humor with keeping your job. Here's one that I did some years ago.

I made some signs and posted them on all the doors to the IT offices:

Fire Sprinkler Test Today
Notice: At 2PM there will be a required test of the building fire sprinkler system. Please be sure to remove any papers or other items from your desk and work area that may be damaged by water. It is recommended that you cover your computer, keyboard, and printer with plastic bags that are being provided by the support center. Please call the support center to arrange for a representative from your department to get the bags for your work area. Thank you for your cooperation.

Word has it that two people called to ask about getting their bags, and one help desk worker was injured slightly when he fell off his chair laughing.

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Best prank at college

by RFink In reply to Your best April's Fools D ...

My roommate's calculator died and he bought a brand new shiny HP41C. While reading the user's manual I discovered you could program it to turn itself off. While he was in class I programmed the "on" key to turn it off. He came back from class when to use his calculator and it "died". Everytime he went to turn it on, it died. He assumed a bad battery so he plugged it in. No luck. He returned it to the store. Next day same thing. He returned that one too. Repeat three more times. After the fifth time, he threw the calculator into his pillow and cussed up a storm. When we were in the cafe eating, I confussed. First he was really angry, then laughter and he did get revenge.

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Well, if you ordered soon enough

by w2ktechman In reply to Your best April's Fools D ...

you could have given someone this


and for some, this WOULD be appropriate

Ok, Ok, for those office police -- -- just think of all of the reruns to enjoy for years afterwards!

And finally, just in time to wake me up in the morning. Someone finally learned how to make a good breakfast cereal

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well, I really shouldn't bring it up

by Jaqui In reply to Your best April's Fools D ...

but the poor girl working her first shift did get caught with a prank, really, really badly.

and it wasn't actually april fools day.

While working in a fast foods joint, this new employee asked me what she should do next. I said we need a pickle count.

an hour later someone else asked me where she was, and I had no idea. I went into the walk in refrigerator to get some food supplies,, saw her sitting on a 5 gallon bucket, counting the sliced pickles from one bucket into another.

I got the supplies needed, walked out, closed the door again and went back to the service line before I started laughing.

when asked what was so funny, I choked out "pickle count"

the manager on duty went and got the poor girl from the walk-in.
[ after the girl finished her shift the manager just about pissed herself laughing ]

edit to add:

I was just joking around with the pickle count, I never expected her to actually count a single one.

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well at least she was only

by w2ktechman In reply to well, I really shouldn't ...

counting the pickles and not trying to see how many would fit :0

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by Jaqui In reply to well at least she was onl ...

5 gallon buckets of sliced pickles?

in the walk in fridge?

I still get a chuckle thinking about it.

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or, maybe

by Jaqui In reply to well, I really shouldn't ...

I shouldn't mention the evening I was a bit out of it, with pneumonia and a fever of 104, and really got someone with a one line comment.

this poor girl was over visiting my younger sister and we were passing each other in the doorway into the kitchen.
dad is sitting around the table with Gary and Tom Coleman and Barry Bohn, the three of them used to be members of the scout troop my dad lead. [ first co-ed scout troop in Canada it was ]
The girl and I stopped, facing each other in the doorway, her sweater was covering up the print on her t-shirt, I lifted the sweater, and read it out loud:

Universal Studios, huh, what's the other one called.

completely deadpan.
then dropped the sweater and walked away.

the gales of laughter from the kitchen caught my attention and everyone in called me back in, they congratulated me on a perfect delivery.

this poor girl.. was going to church 6 days a week before that, it was 7 days a week afterwards.

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Something for the women folks.....

by jdclyde In reply to Your best April's Fools D ...

1. Men are like .. Laxatives ... They irritate the crap out of you.

2. Men are like. Bananas The older they get, the less firm they are.

3. Men are like Weather Nothing can be done to change them.

4. Men are like ..Blenders .. You need One, but you're not quite sure why.

5. Men are like ....Chocolate Bars .... Sweet, smooth, & they usually head right for your hips.

6. Men are like ....Commercials ...... You can't believe a word they say.

7. Men are like ...Department Stores ... Their clothes are always 1/2 off!

8. Men are like ...... Government Bonds ... They take soooooooo long to mature.

9. Men are like ... Mascara ..They usually run at the first sign of emotion.

10. Men are like ..Popcorn .. They satisfy you, but only for a little while.

11. Men are like ..Snowstorms .. You never know when they're coming, how many inches you'll get or how long it will last.

12. Men are like .......Lava Lamps ... Fun to look at, but not very bright.

13. Men are like ..Parking Spots .. All the good ones are taken, the rest are handicapped.

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My best one.

by Locrian_Lyric In reply to Your best April's Fools D ...

I worked in a signmaking shop for the county. Our new building was still under construction, so most of our stock was in storage.

I asked one of the guys to get me a non-existant item in storage... now, this guy was known for putting in only a half-a$$ed effort, so I figured he'd be back in ten minutes.

About an hour and a half later, he walks in, covered in dirt and dust from head to toe and tells me he dug through the whole area....


um, april fool?

he wasn't happy....

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Had My Boss...

by BlackDiamond In reply to Your best April's Fools D ...


Had the boss send out an email telling everyone I had turned in my notice and was leaving for greener pastures.

Responses were varied. Someone got sick to their stomach, someone else said she almost started to cry and then she whacked me really hard when she found out it was a joke, she's my best friend so I did not mind the whack.

Couple of congrats, someone who was gone came over today and said they were shocked.

I think some people still have no idea it was a joke, even though they could have scrolled down about 400 lines in the email and it pretty much said it was a joke.

Read the entire email people. :-)

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Not really

by wesley.chin In reply to Your best April's Fools D ...

Here there was not much that happened on April 1. But I did send a officewide email warning about the Storm worm that was being passed along in a April Fool's themed email. I had heard about on PcWorld. At least one person took the email to be a April Fools joke, or so the person said....

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