Thursday, November 10, 2005

Pranks, Mischief and Dirty Deeds

I love pranks. I love the planning, the excitement of the moment that you are putting it all together, and the humor that goes along with the whole thing. I was a prankster from a young age ‘till now. I can remember my first prank was when I was ten or so and discovered that salt was invisible in water. I salted the ice trays in our freezer so as to prank anyone who wanted a cold drink. Little did I know that the next day my mother was having a bunch of ladies over and they all had ice tea. My mother just couldn’t understand why no one drank any tea, until I came clean that is. I got a spanking for that but I knew it was worth it. Over the years I have amassed a rather decent collection of pranking props from fake poo to “fart detectors”.

Later in college I joined a fraternity comprised of guys with no imagination for pranks but who all wanted to pull some off. I organized many pranks with them. Yes, it was I who planned the hanging of rival frat letters from three of the tallest buildings on campus. I was the one who set up the sprinkler on top of the Anthropology building to ice the huge tree outside of it (both times). And I who organized the hanging toilets in the quad. Not to mention various pranks that I pulled on friends and relatives (you know who you are).

So this past Halloween LJ, Mike and I were sitting around the house discussing what we should do with our evening when I blurted out “Hey, why don’t we go do some Halloween pranks on someone.” We thought about it and decided to pull a classic on some friends. I gathered all the dog poo I could find and put it into a paper bag then we all drove over to a friend’s house. Yeah, we set it on fire then ran off. Old, I know, but just classic. Funny stuff. Hence they have stolen a statue of Buddha from our backyard and taken it around town taking pictures. Also, they put a dead lobster in Mike’s truck.

Pretty good, so now we find ourselves in the middle of what has been aptly dubbed a “Prank-War”.

I want you all to know that through the years I have followed my own simple guidelines as far as pranks were concerned.

  1. Nothing destructive: So nothing like keying someone’s car or slashing tires
  2. Nothing that will cost the prankee time or money: So nothing like taking wheels off their car so they can’t get to work on time.
  3. Nothing publicly humiliating: So no posting nude pictures or telling dark secrets.
  4. They all have to be good-natured: Use your best judgment here.

With these rules as boundaries I have been able to prank close friends and not come off as a total jerk. Anyway, the group that we are warring against was trying to come up with some guidelines and maybe this will help. I have known good pranksters who have gone a little too far and either lost friends or even ended up in jail. I hope to update you guys soon on what is going on. Maybe there will be some good stories to tell.


Thousandlegs said...

We're still waiting for the next prank. When's it coming again?

Da Beef said...

...and no bodily harm! Mike informed me of some pretty nasty pranks that I would be quite upset about. And just a shall feel our wrath! Buddha is us starting out friendly and fun....vengance is sweet!

mommyjolle said...

I think I must be the only mother in the world who upon inquiring if I could borrow her son's fake poo to use in a prank of my own, you replied "which one?" Now I ask you, how many do you really NEED!!?

Da Beef said...'s been a week! I'm gettin' antsy! You guys better retaliate or we are just gonna have to keep 'em coming! :)

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Patrick B (MN) said...

One good prank is the shaving cream. fisrt freeze a bottle of shaving cream, then cut of the bottom and take the frozen cream out. then put in places like a sleeping bed or a bed and wait. the shaving cream will expand massively. thus filling completly a sleeping bag or bed.

Patrick B (MN) said...

Another really funnny prank is using many alarm clocks. go to the dollor store or target and get a bunch of small alrarm clocks. set them for different times really early or throughout the night. and hide. then this way the person will never get an ounce of sleep and be up all night just trrying to find one every 20 min.