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Where I work and from what I've gathered from other people where they work it's pretty common to play pranks on your fellow co workers. Now I enjoy a good prank but never want an harm or bad feelings from one so you have to be careful. Some don't care I know and I've seen some down right mean one over the years. You do need a thick skin where I work, there's always something going on. Especially in the maintenance dept., we're pretty relentless on each other. Often I have walked away to comeback and find someone has welded a tool I was using to the work bench.  Or one guy had his work boots put in the freezer overnight.  Anyway I would love to hear from others on good pranks. May get some good idea's from this thread for future use. lol.

  Here's one of my favorites, this happened several years back, I was not involved in this one. A co worker had been talking about buying an old truck to use for hauling and driving back and forth to work. He had been looking at an old ford for quite sometime, kicking the idea back and forth. He was concerned about fuel mileage as he had a several mile round trip to and from work. Well finally he broke down and bought it. He told several guys he was going to get it tagged and insured and drive it Monday, he said " I hope this thing don't break me up on gas, I sure like it".  Monday comes, he drives it to work. A couple guys sneak out to the parking lot during work hours and add a gallon of gas, and continue to do this everyday for 2 weeks. Meanwhile, the owner is saying every day how pleased he is with is old truck. Doing much better than he expected on fuel and eventually downright bragging on it. Then those guys that were adding fuel stop adding and start siphoning a gallon from his truck everyday. A few days go by, not much is mentioned about the truck. Then he comes to work and says, " Ya know I think there's something wrong with my truck, fuel mileage has really dropped off". "I looked for a hole in the tank last night". Then they finally broke down and told him the truth about what they had done. He was a bit mad at first but had a good laugh with everyone after he realized the mileage on his truck wasn't that bad.

   Anybody got a good one to share?

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screenshot the screen on someones computer and put it on as the background and move all the icons to a folder (for easy replacement later) and nothing they click on will do anything!

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This adding fuel prank was in Mechanix Illustrated or similar magazine, in the '50s, Gus' Garage, or something like that. upon the owner of a new car.  First half, bragging about excellen tmilage.   Only the pranksters back then, for the second half of the prank, actually removed gas from the tank.  

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A retirement prank. The most senior guy in the maintenance department I managed was due to retire. He drove an old Buick rusty with extremely faded paint. One day I told him I needed to borrow his key ring to gain entrance to a building out back. As soon as he gave me his keys I rushed to the hardware store across the street and duplicated his Buick key. On his last day I drove his Buick from the parking lot to a drive in bay in the plant and had another maintenance guy who was a car body man totally buff out the old Buick and it looked like new. I had to make up job assignments for the retiree all day to keep him out of the buffing bay. At quitting time the plant manager shut the operation down and paged all employees to the buff bay. I then escorted the retiree to the bay and he was elated. Grinning from ear to ear. Sad end to the story. He died 2 months after retirement.

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One guy I work with used to get pranked a lot when he was the "kid" just starting out in the shop. He got is shoes filled with dry ice one day. They were froze solid when he went to change clothes at the end of the day. One guy got his lunch cooler, hooked it to the shop crane and ran it up to the top. He couldn't find it when it was ready to go home. Funny thing about that one was that he came over to talk to the guy as he was holding the UP button and never noticed that his lunch pail was on the hook.

Then one day he ended up pranking himself. On a cold winter day the guys were heading out. He was still wrapping up something and asked another guy to start his truck so it could warm up. I overheard them and joked that he should start it and lock the doors. "Go ahead, I still have the remote", was his reply. Well, the other guy did lock the doors with the engine running and poor Rob found out that the door remote doesn't unlock the truck if the engine is running. Luckily he still had his shop keys to get back in and call his girlfriend. She had to go to his house, find the spare keys, and bring them across town to the shop so he could get into his truck. 2 or 3 hours later he could finally go home... but his truck was nice and warm...

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Some may not appreciate the humour in this story, but here goes. Back in the early sixties I was working at a military base repairing and overhauling military electronics equipment and completing trials. During that period there was a very gradual transition in the military from WWII electronic equipment that used vacuum tubes to the newer transistors. A new piece of test equipment appeared on the base manufactured by Tektronix called  "Transistor Characteristic Curve Analyzer", kinda  like a sophisticated old time tube tester. We got one. Sometimes it gives a person satisfaction to play a prank on someone who is somewhat extremely arrogant.  One young technician sorta took ownership of this new piece of equipment and was the resident expert of the new technology.
After several months of watching him impress others with his expertise on analyzing  transistors, I removed the metal cap from a 3AG fuse and filled the cap with solder and with three tinned copper wires protruding, spaced appropriately, I gave it to him and asked if he could analyze this unknown transistor. He looked at it carefully, didn't recognize the IA 3Ag designation on the metal cap and connected it to the analyzer and proceeded to check it, fiddling with the knobs on the instrument until he finally admitted defeat...Maybe it was a mean prank- a humbling experience for him,but harmless.... Needless to say, we have all had humbling experiences.;)

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While I was in College, I worked one semester at the Local Sugar Beet processing plant.  I worked on the second floor running a bank of 6 Centrificals for spinning out raw sugar creating molasses.  There was a changing room / toilet just down the aisle from where I worked and I observed that people never pulled the door of the toilet to check if it was in use, they always looked under the door for feet.  So I got the bright idea to take a spare pair of rubber boots and a pair of coveralls and place them in front of the stool with the legs of the coveralls draped over the boots.

It was pretty fun to watch guys go in and out of the room because it looked busy.  Then I told one of the maintanance guys that the toilet must be plugged up because guys never stayed there.  They went in but came right back out.  It was in use they said, they'd come back later.  Someone called the foreman and he finally pulled open the door and laughed his head off.  Then he called the superintendent and said there was some guy in the shitter that won't come out and he won't listen to me.  The super said "by god he'll listen to me"! and he came down and pulled the door open then laughed.  I guess they left that set-up for the next shift as well.:D

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My stepfather's family had a farm that he and my uncle worked (which means our entire families worked it).  Their brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces only showed up during deer season to visit the old folks (once a year) and spend the weekend hunting.  One of my cousins had the reputation of not being able to hit the broad side of a barn with a rifle, but he would be there to spend a week hunting. 

So, we got an old, mounted deer head with a large rack, made an oversized sawhorse to hold it, wrapped some tow sacks around the wood frame to give it color and depth, then inserted the "buck decoy" in a clump of brush, where it appeared the deer was just looking out.  My cousin spotted it shortly after the sun came up and started shooting - a box of shells before he gave up and walked back to the farm house.  When he was asked how his hunt was, he replied, "Not only are the deer out here hard to shoot, they're hard of hearing, too!"

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We usually switch the right and left mouse button in the settings when people leave their computers open during lunch. Every time they lift click the right click options show up.

 

Another one I wasn't part of. 

A real Jerk of a manager would sneak out onto the roof through a window to smoke every 15 minutes. He had a 5 gallon bucket with sand up there for his butts. In between one of his "breaks" somebody added a little gun powder to it. He's probably still working on getting his beard to grow back. 

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On ‎7‎/‎27‎/‎2017 at 2:41 PM, Flatie46 said:

Where I work and from what I've gathered from other people where they work it's pretty common to play pranks on your fellow co workers. Now I enjoy a good prank but never want an harm or bad feelings from one so you have to be careful. Some don't care I know and I've seen some down right mean one over the years. You do need a thick skin where I work, there's always something going on. Especially in the maintenance dept., we're pretty relentless on each other. Often I have walked away to comeback and find someone has welded a tool I was using to the work bench.  Or one guy had his work boots put in the freezer overnight.  Anyway I would love to hear from others on good pranks. May get some good idea's from this thread for future use. lol.

  Here's one of my favorites, this happened several years back, I was not involved in this one. A co worker had been talking about buying an old truck to use for hauling and driving back and forth to work. He had been looking at an old ford for quite sometime, kicking the idea back and forth. He was concerned about fuel mileage as he had a several mile round trip to and from work. Well finally he broke down and bought it. He told several guys he was going to get it tagged and insured and drive it Monday, he said " I hope this thing don't break me up on gas, I sure like it".  Monday comes, he drives it to work. A couple guys sneak out to the parking lot during work hours and add a gallon of gas, and continue to do this everyday for 2 weeks. Meanwhile, the owner is saying every day how pleased he is with is old truck. Doing much better than he expected on fuel and eventually downright bragging on it. Then those guys that were adding fuel stop adding and start siphoning a gallon from his truck everyday. A few days go by, not much is mentioned about the truck. Then he comes to work and says, " Ya know I think there's something wrong with my truck, fuel mileage has really dropped off". "I looked for a hole in the tank last night". Then they finally broke down and told him the truth about what they had done. He was a bit mad at first but had a good laugh with everyone after he realized the mileage on his truck wasn't that bad.

   Anybody got a good one to share?

LOL.  I was reading the topic, and was going to regale you'uns with a remarkably similar tale.  'Cept ours involved a coworker that was awful proud of his new car and it's purported gas mileage.  We worked in a place where the closest suitable housing was a minimum of 40 miles, so MPGs got important to all of us.  We added about 1/2 gallon a day for a couple weeks, nothing for a couple weeks, then siphoned 1/2  gallon a day for two more weeks.  We waited until he had made an appointment with the dealer to have it checked before we told him what was up.  He was moderately amused, and of course endeavored to get back at us for months afterwards.

Another one, not intended as a prank, but turned into one.  Same place (Hudspeth County, west Texas is close enough).  Lots and lots of rattlesnakes.  We'd occasionally gather a few up while going about our business, to BBQ at the station for choir practice after the shift, which entailed beheading them (for "safety", since their venom remains poisonous), and usually depositing them on the passenger side floor of our 4x4 until it was time to clean them.  Even beheaded, a relatively fresh snake will still strike in reflex to being stepped on.  I had one on the floor board that I wasn't thinking of when I went to pick another agent up that had been tracking a group of people, to take him back to his truck.  He jumped into the seat, and when he put his feet into the vehicle, stepped on the aforementioned dead snake, which struck several times at his calf.  He of course felt it, looked down, screamed like a girl, and jumped into the center of the seat...onto my brand new straw hat! 

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The Barbary Bard and "The Black Hand"  two name of which I was known among others.  A rhyming bit of prose to make jabs and the calling card of the Black Hand...(zerox copy of my hand left at the scene of the crime)  Last practical joke before transferring from one job to another and moving to another state was the careful placement of a very potent stink bomb.  Ole Richard gave it to me when I said I would use it during the safety meeting.  He said yeah, never happen.  Our weekly safety meeting with the last of the employees as the facility was drawing down.  I carefully place the pellet beneath the corner of a pallet of cables.  Meeting time comes, room and chair were getting filled up.  It was almost at capacity and yet no one had stepped on the pallet.  Last two stragglers came in, Joe grabbed the end chair leaving it for Tony to step on the pallet to gain access to the last chair at the table.  I was safely across the room near the exit and in direct sight of what happens next.  The pellet start permeating the air a bit and Joe is rolling his eye at Tony as in man, could you not have done that outside.  Then Tony gets a wiff and casts the same look at Joe.  About a minute later the shop boss got a whiff of the stuff and yells for someone to secure the ventilation, evacuate the building, call public works, we have a busted pipe.  

 

Flash forward about 10 month, closing ceremony, happened to be doing my reserve training and attended the closing ceremony.   The shop boss was there and I asked him about the time the sewer busted and confessed I had set a stink bomb to go off.  He laughed and said that was one of the best and said he knew it was me because no one else had the balls to try that.   

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I've played a few around the office. After someone's visiting children dumped out a 3 hole punch I left a note on the closest desk impersonating the cleaning crew. Saying it was unacceptable and if it happened again we'd be going to management and not cleaning their desk again. They were so worried all morning I finally had to tell her it was me. 

Other good one I took the remote for the radio of the lady that sat across from me. Every once in a while I'd hit the sleep function. Then eventually depending on when I set it for it would get softer and softer until it shut off. She never suspected me because sometimes I wouldn't even be around when it went off. That went on for over a week but I finally had to spill it when she was going to get a new radio!

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I was stationed in Augsburg Germany working 3rd shift.  Once a quarter we'd have to wear our gas masks for 3 hours while working.  Well being 3rd shift, sitting down, and the mask restricts airflow it was very common for people to go to sleep.  We'd take black ink and paint the eye lenses in the mask then we'd make a loud noise to wake them up.  They could't see due to the black paint and wouldn't even remember that they were wearing a mask for a few minutes.  Lots of choice quotes were spoken. A few would always fall over on the floor.

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We had a recent Baylor grad from Pennsylvania join the engineering department who could get snooty, and I realized that he thought I was some dumb hick with some of his statements...at that time, I was heavily involved in R&D testing and weld shop / assembly line troubleshooting so he only saw me as this sweaty, filthy knuckle dragging neanderthal, not the engineer who did stress analysis and product design...engineering was divided into cubicles with a central print station, my office was around the corner, he was seated 10 feet away from the big HPs, next to the 2 ppl who worked on manuals, one of whom was deaf.  As it turned out, my print job did not go through cuz there was no paper in the machine, and I had recently spied that turd have the same problem but instead of filling the tray he only put a few sheets in to get his work cranked out.  I mentioned this to a few coworkers and they reported to have seen the same thing at several other times.  So I approached the machine, started to push a few buttons to make it beep, then authoritatively exclaimed that the machine must be busted (I was also known as the guy in the office that could coax that HP back to work after its frequent paper jams in the shortest amount of time).  My exclamation worked as I could see peripherally the heads popping up from their cubes to observe as well as the manual guy getting the deaf girl's attention to let her watch what was about to go down.  I then looked over at mr. college and asked if he knew how to fix the machine, and he feigned ignorance at first, but I pleaded with him to help so he begrudgingly got his slack-@$$ up from his desk to condescendingly point out how to fix the printer...I then asked him to show me how to fill the paper tray, he rolled his eyes then filled the paper tray for me, slammed the tray shut, hit the START button, then barked at me "Was that so hard?!?"  I smiled ear to ear while nodding my head, he got this confused look on his face, and then the deaf girl started laughing, which caught him off guard as he whipped around to see her and the manual guy start laughing, which prompted the rest of the observers to bust out laughing around the office prairie dog village... at which point our stern office manager emerged from around the corner, laughing quietly, pointing at mr. college and saying in a mock threatening tone "we're watching you" ...he toned down his snootiness greatly after that, and on a few occasions was heard to join in on the that's-what-she-said random juvenile behavior around the office...good times :cool:

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Had a good friend who drove an old beater Ford truck to work every day. He  tack welded a box end wrench and a pair of vice grips to the top edge of the bed right behind the driver door  and then  waved back at everybody that honked, waved and pointed toe to tools.

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Some notable mentions I've seen and or been a part of. We had a guy that we enjoyed giving a hard time. He was cracking fat jokes often on a fellow co worker. So for a couple weeks we would come in early on Tues when the uniforms were dropped off and "take up" his work pants a bit with a few stitches. We were changing clothes one evening and the guy he had cracked the fat jokes on said, " Well now... having some trouble getting buttoned up there"? We all laughed when he started bitching about the laundry service shrinking his clothes. The one he had cracked on said, "yea that's what I use to say, next thing you know your friends are calling you fat". We soon came clean, had a good laugh.

 One guy always brought something really good for lunch, while the rest of us had a sandwich or soup. His wife was really taking care of him, he said "yea she loves to cook, I never know what she's going to put in my box". So a few days later close to quitting time a co worker brings in a huge pair of pantys and sticks 'em in his lunch box. He carries the box home and never opens it. lol. He came in the next day and said, " I hope you know you SOB's that wasn't very funny'! 

 At one time our company sponsored Bass Tournaments and they were pretty popular. The second shift  guys would all pull there boats to work,  park where they could get out quick, we got off at 2 or 3am  at that time. The tournaments started early and those guys always wanted to get to the lake as fast as possible.  We unhooked  one guys boat and had it propped up on the jack. When the buzzer rang at quittin time he rushed out, jumped in his truck and drove off. He drove 3 miles before he looked up and noticed the boat was not behind him. Said he about crapped right then, drove back kinda looking for it as he did. The whole time he said he was thinking " did I not latch the hitch? Didn't I hook the chains"?"  When he got back to work and saw it sitting there he was happy, mad and embarrassed all at the same time.

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I was 18 and offered to work one Sunday at a gas station to fill in for a friend who was married and needed a day off sometimes. They had a dummy display battery - an empty battery case with a removable top. We had a none OSHA approved air gun with about a foot of steel brake line screwed into the nozzle. I show up early on Sunday morning, and there's a car in front of one of the bays with a "dead battery". They had drilled a hole in the dummy battery case, stuck the brake line from the air gun with the button taped down  into in the hole in the battery, filled the case with water, put the top back on the battery, and set it in a car. The hood is up, one of the guys is leaning over the engine doing something, and he tells me to get the old IH service truck and bring it over for a jump. He then hooks the cables up to the truck and tells me to connect them to the dead battery. When I touch the jumper cable to the dummy battery, they connect the air hose to the shop air. It blew the top of the battery loose and soaked me with water. The "explosion" scared the piss out of me - I thought I was going to die! I never even noticed the air hose going under the car. Every new guy received this initiation so they told me.

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On 7/28/2017 at 1:34 PM, plyroadking said:

We usually switch the right and left mouse button in the settings when people leave their computers open during lunch. Every time they lift click the right click options show up.

 

 

I have also done that a few times. One time I arrived a few minutes early for a staff meeting. The meeting host was a real butt. When I arrived early I noticed his computer had not yet gone to sleep so I added a new screen saver of a guy with his head stuck up his butt. When the host arrived the first thing he did was bump his mouse and the new screen saver was visible. He was not happy but everyone in the room burst out in laughter.

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On 7/27/2017 at 1:44 PM, ggdad1951 said:

screenshot the screen on someones computer and put it on as the background and move all the icons to a folder (for easy replacement later) and nothing they click on will do anything!

That's a good one. I'll have to try that some day... :D

One that went around by us once was to use Ctrl-Alt-Down Arrow on a PC. It will flip the screen upside down. And unless you know that Ctrl-Alt-Up Arrow will correct it you are doomed, or you have to turn your monitor upside down. (not so easy on a laptop. LOL!!)

Go  ahead... I know you're going to try it...

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our stern office manager was known for griping ppl out for not following protocol or not filling out the right forms or whatever, and since she also had two pre-teen boys, she would get annoyed and agitated at the engineers' ability to act like juveniles at the drop of a hat.  One cold winter day, I was helping another recent college grad and one of the test techs in our R&D building when a piece of test equipment blew out a light bulb, and we needed a replacement asap so we could finish up in that poorly heated building.  So we took a break from testing and headed inside, and I went directly to the office manager while the other two headed to the men's room to wash their hands.  I told the ofc.mgr what we needed, she made a note and said she would get one while on her lunch break.  I went around the corner, then overheard the test tech enter her office from the other direction and tell her the same thing...she was audibly exasperated and said she'd take care of it, and the test tech headed in my direction where I grabbed his arm when he rounded the corner and quietly asked him where the new guy was...and then told him to wait right there, I told 3 other engineers to go wait by the test tech for a show, and they immediately slinked around the corner to lie in wait...I went to go flag down the new guy to tell him that he needed to know how to order replacement supplies, told him how to do it, and told him to order a new light bulb for the test station while I went back to check on something in the lab, but told him that he would need to butter up the ofc.mgr that day because she was being a little cranky, so he just needed to step inside her door, and when she asked what he wanted to reply matter-of-factly "what does a brother have to do to get a light bulb around here"...he looked at me kinda confused and asked "really dude?"  I said, "yep...she thinks that stuff is hilarious" cuz at that point he was still in the honeymoon period and didn't know what she was really like...he headed toward her office, I jetted to where the other guys were waiting, and then heard the office manager explode on the new guy with one of her griping diatribes that included WHY DOES EVERYBODY NEED A F'ING LIGHT BULB TODAY?!?  At this point, we all eased up the hallway to her office door, to see the new guy with eyes wide open in a state of shock as he was still getting blasted, and when the office manager noticed that we were all standing there, she abruptly turned on us as she saw us with big grins trying not to laugh, OH GAWDDANGIT YOU GUYS NEED TO GROW UP!!! cuz she knew that she had been had, we all busted out laughing while the new guy stood there confused...he got his trial by fire and later chuckled about it, as he would also learn to goad that woman to get hysterical about something else trivial...for several years afterwards, whenever a light bulb would go out anywhere in the office or the shop, the protocol was to go to her doorway and announce loud enough for the rest of the office to hear, WHAT'S A BROTHER GOT TO DO TO GET A LIGHT BULB AROUND HERE, where she would quickly retort DON'T YOU START THAT $H!T AGAIN while those who overheard guffawed...good times :cool:

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We had a big project for the USAF, and when the 1st deliverable was completed, a pic was taken with the (almost) everyone involved in making it happen and put on the company website and newsletter... one of the drafters involved was often heard to say "do I have to do everything around here" and he bore a striking resemblance to Morgan Freeman, one afternoon I caught another engineer photoshopping the drafter's head onto every body in that group photo to present to him, we discussed it and took it a step further by printing up the original and framing it to give to him as thanks for all the work he did, then sneak the doctored photo in late Friday after he left for the weekend, to see how long it would take for him to notice, with small wagers being made quietly around the office.  Three weeks later, someone from administration stopped by his cubicle to have him sign some form, and we heard her say "hey, what the heck is this?!?" in her typical shrill voice...you could hear the entire office jump out of their chair at that to see what he was gonna do, and Mr. Freeman paused a long time and says a long drawn out "what...the...he//..." at which point the entire office has surrounded his cube to bust out laughing, explain what we did, and wagers paid off...from what I heard, he still has that picture up...GOOD TIMES :cool:

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Sometimes, the joke backfires.

On the farm, we had one heckuva little farm dog.  He herded sheep, goats, and cattle as well as us kids.  He was always ready to go hunting (my folks actually made as much money on raccoon and ringtail hides at times as they did on cattle).  The only downside was, in the spring he would scare wild turkeys off their nests and proudly show you where the eggs were (the turkeys would not come back).  So. we would collect the "abandoned" eggs and put them under setting hens.  The turkeys would hatch out with the chicks (30+) and generally move on right after hunting season.  During hunting season, we would pen them because they were still pretty dumb after living with the chickens.  And that is where the next prank on a different cousin comes in.

Cousin Jimmy was an only child, momma's boy that never hit a lick in his life.  And true to form, he came up every deer season at Thanksgiving to visit the old folks and go hunting.  However, his idea of an early morning hunt was to get up about 9:30, sweet talk Grandma into making breakfast just for him, then he would wander out about 10:30 and wonder why he couldn't get a good shot at anything - and like my other cousin, he couldn't hit the side of the barn...so we thought.

My stepfather and his brother had this great idea the last day of his "hunt."  They opened the big chicken pen and let the turkeys out, then they fed them near the barn.  They told Jimmy, "Hey, aren't those turkeys by the barn?"  They could barely contain themselves as he took the shotgun, slipped out of the yard and was hiding behind every tree, bush and large rock as he worked his way up to the barn.  He was Daniel Boone and the turkeys couldn't have cared less.  When he got where he was comfortable, he cut loose on them.

5 shots later, as turkeys scattered everywhere, Jimmy had peppered the side of the barn, the large barn door, the combine, the water trough, and a small shed that held saddles and bridles - but not a single turkey.  My stepfather and my uncle got to look at the pockmarks on the barn and the small dents in the combine every day and they got to replace a couple of windows in the saddle shed.  To top it all off, Jimmy thought it was funny as hell that he hit everything but a turkey and would tell the story on himself.

It got funnier over time for all involved.

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On various occasions when we noticed that our ofc.mgr would be coming and going from her desk frequently, we would take turns to lower her chair about half inch each time she left her desk...by late in the day, we could hear her cuss a little about her blankety blank chair...GOOD TIMES :cool:

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We had an ofc.admin that for reasons no one understood hated my guts from day one and to the point of sabotaging my projects that could have cost the company a lot of $$$...luckily I followed up on everything that was time sensitive and had to work late many times because of her shenanigans.  One evening while re-running a simulation, I emptied her paper clip dispenser and linked all of the clips together, as well as all of the clips in her spare boxes she kept in her desk, then put everything back so that when she would grab one paper clip, she would get a chain of paper clips...she thought it was cute and funny and laughed and decorated her cube with the chains and hung a few from the ceiling tiles, even telling her many visitors that "one of the guys" had gifted her this cuz they were so great like that...   Two weeks later, I told one of the drafters that I had done it, and within 48 hrs, ALL of those clips were in the trash...but for a few weeks, every visitor would ask "hey where did all of the paper clips go", and depending on how cranky she was that day, her response varied from "oh the cleaning crew must have tossed them" to "I don't know wtf you are talking about"... she was a good sport that way :cool:

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