Playing a practical joke on someone can be a very rewarding experience, and over the years I have heard of some great ideas for these, some of which I have played myself, and some I have been told about by friends and family. In this hub I hope to make you smile, and perhaps inspire you to play a similar joke on a friend next time the need becomes apparent.
Joke 1, In the vets where I used to work the Head Vet was absolutely terrified of spiders, so much so that the other nurses decided to play a joke on him. They managed to get hold of a large, very realistic looking spider, and sneaked into his consulting room and attached it to the wall. They then returned out to the rear office area and told him his next client had arrived. He unsuspectingly marched down the corridor to his room, and instantly spotted the spider clinging to the wall. To hear a mature, adult male, South African Vet, scream like a girl was hysterical, and it took him several minutes to figure out that the spider was only a fake.
Joke 2, There was a time when my Sister was very shortsighted, (before she had the laser surgery). I remember when I was aged about 8 that my Mum, Mum's Brother, my Sister and I were all going on holiday and were currently at Lisbon Airport awaiting our flight. I decided I needed to go to the toilet, so having tracked them down I went into the ladies and did what nature intended, before returning outside to the rest of the family. My glamorous Sister then decided she needed the toilet too, and asked me which of the toilets was the Ladies. Instantly I pointed her into the Gents, and she innocently trotted off into the wrong toilets 'clip clipping' along on her high heels. It took her about 15 seconds to re-emerge, and a darn site faster than she had gone in. I was doubled up laughing by now, and it got worse as she explained that as she entered the toilets she was confronted by a row of men with their backs to her. Apparently as they heard her high heels arriving they all simultaneously turned round and stared at her, at which point she made a blushing rapid retreat. The image this conjured up in my imagination kept me laughing for the whole of the holiday.
Joke 3, If you work in a large office you will probably be familiar with the internal mail system. This offers a huge range of possibilities for practical jokes, as my Husband found out when he worked in a finance company some years back. It all started with a realistic rubber spider that someone sent to a colleague they knew was scared of spiders. This person, having recovered from their initial horror at finding what they thought was a real spider in their internal mail envelope, then sent the spider on to someone else. Over the next year this spider was constantly travelling around the building, but over time the recipients had begun removing bits of it each time they sent it on. By the time my Husband (Richard), next received the spider there was only a torso left, and I have no idea what happened to it after that.
Joke 4, Richard used to have a friend who had moved away from Guernsey and gone to live in Canada following his divorce. As there had been quite a lot of legal involvement due to the messy nature of his breakup, Richard saw a perfect opportunity to play a joke on this guy a year or so later.
Without telling the guy he was coming over, Richard flew to Canada and then phoned the friend at the pub he now owned, pretending to be the Guernsey Police. Richard explained they were investigating a fraud allegation against this chap, and that they would be sending over a detective to interview him. Of course this guy was furious, swearing down the phone and threatening to kill any detective that had the gall to turn up at his pub. The following day Richard went to this pub and asked the barmaid if he could talk to the the owner. She said she strongly advised against this as the owner had been in a terrible mood ever since a phonecall he had received the day before. Richard told her to tell the owner that he was from the Guernsey Police, at which point the barmaid went a bit pale, and mumbling words to the effect of 'Well, don't say I didn't warn you', wandered off into the back room.
Richard heard his friend coming way before he saw him, as a string of swear words and shouting grew increasingly nearer. Then, as his friend appeared, Richard pointed at him and said 'Guernsey Police, Gotcha!'. I don't think his mate knew whether to hug him or strangle him, but he did see the funny side.
Much later the friend got his own back by ordering Richard one of the oldest, slowest, deaf, taxi drivers he could find to take Richard out and about. This driver was about 90, and drove no faster than about 20 mph anywhere. When Richard finally returned to the pub his mate winked at him, said 'What did you think of the taxi driver then? I told you I would get my own back!'.
Joke 5, an old favourite, but still as funny as ever. The sabotaging of your workmates car, by covering it in post it notes, clingfilm, shaving foam etc. See the pictures above for inspiration on the most effective way to carry out this practical joke.
Joke 6, cling film over the toilet seat, another golden oldie, but one which so frequently works a treat.
Joke 7, dress up the manager's office, using post it notes, newspaper, photocopies of him, silver foil etc. The result looks really impressive as you can see from the pictures on this hub.
Joke 8, the friend of my Mum's who got so fed up of this alcoholic coming into the bar and finishing off all the dregs of drinks left in people's glasses without buying a drink himself, that he peed in a whiskey glass and left it on the table for this guy to find. Unsuspecting, the poor chap downed it in one gulp, yuk!
Joke 9, the time my Hubby worked part-time for a local bar run by a very funny Norwegian Woman. One evening Richard went into the bar to work with a stinking hangover, and the lady in question thought it would be great fun to go out to the kitchen, stick her hand in a bag of prawns, before coming back out to the bar and telling Richard she had just been........ well, errrrr.... 'entertaining' herself, at which point she stuck her fingers under his nose so he got the full benefit of the smell of the prawns. To say he nearly threw up everywhere is an understatement.
Joke 10, the time my Hubby Richard was on holiday in Canada and bought a fake spider that had a small solar panel on it's back. Every time a light went on this fake spider would run around just like the real thing. He used this to scare his now ex-girlfriend, half to death, as she jumped screaming onto the couch when she saw it run across the floor. Richard then placed it on his arm, and it ran up his sleeve, (much to her added terror). Finally he kissed it, and then, whilst she was still in hysterics he broke the news to her that it was actually a fake.
Joke 11, when Richard and his mates told their 17 year old friend that the drinks in the local pub that night were free for anyone who came to the pub in fancy dress, and then explained that the men had to come dressed as women. The lad fell for this hook, line and sinker, and agreed that he would be 'well up for that'. Hubby and the friends stayed outside the bar in the car until the lad turned up, fully dressed in make-up and women's clothes. allowing him a minute or so to get inside the bar, they then followed him in. The poor lad ended up spending the whole evening dressed as a woman, whilst everyone else was dressed in their normal clothes.
Joke 12, when Richard's friends kidnapped him by jumping him from behind, sticking a sack over his head, bundling him into a car and then spent the whole journey talking about how they were going to 'do him over' once they got to a certain field. Not having any idea who had kidnapped him Richard was very scared, and racking his brains to think who he might have upset. When they finally arrived at their destination and removed the sack, it was several of his friends behind the prank. The reason they had kidnapped him was to take him to the pub, so their words went something along the lines of, 'Alright mate, we thought we'd kidnap you and take you for a beer'.
Let me know if you have either played, or been on the receiving end of any good practical jokes. I am always looking for new ideas and would love to hear your personal experiences of this kind of antic.
Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 20, 2012:
Cheers kehussy, glad you liked these :)
kehussy from Houston, Texas, USA on January 20, 2012:
haha... you've got a very nice collection here. can't stop laughing. Thanks for sharing.
Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 24, 2010:
You are so sweet Ashwin, I do hope you are well. Luv u 2 :)
ASHWINSPGA from Lion City ( Singapore) on January 24, 2010:
Good Morning to you from Singapore Miss Misty. Just dropped in to say i love you. :=)
Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 20, 2008:
Yes, you are definitely better off not living near Richard LOL, mind you, it sounds as if your Son is on his way to being as bad :)
Yvonne Mcdonough on October 20, 2008:
good stories misty, im pleased im not living anywhere near richard and his friends, lol would be hard work watching in case they played a prank, i once went to pay my electric bill (this was before you payed by direct debit} i was waiting in the que, when it was my turn, i nearly fell over because my son who was 7 at the time, tied my shoelaces from my left foot with the laces from the right foot, and i never saw or felt a thing, people behind me laughed though.
Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 13, 2008:
Thanks cgull8m, good luck, and do let us know how you get on :)
cgull8m from North Carolina on October 13, 2008:
Great stories, I will try this on my friends :)
Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 12, 2008:
You are just too kind William, even they will usually laugh about it for many years afterwards providing it isn't cruel. :)
William F Torpey from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on October 12, 2008:
Some funny pranks, mistyhorizon, but I'm not big on practical jokes because I usually feel too sorry for the victim.
Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 12, 2008:
Always open to more ideas Christoph,:)
Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on October 12, 2008:
Some funny and interesting ideas! My mind is plotting even as I write....hmmmm.