Office Pranks

I’m a jerk.

My manager and three of my co-workers went off to the SungardHE Summit conference in Las Vegas last week…I was left to fend for myself in the office. Nope. I didn’t go. But I didn’t sit idle! I wrangled up a crew (Al, Casey, Cliff, Tim, Laurianne, and a couple others) and “decorated” their offices.

IMG_6534.JPGFirstly was my boss’ office, wrapped up nicely in Tin-Foil. See the full article here.

Tin Foil Used: 1,100 square feet
Time Spent: 3 hours
Continual Manpower: 5
Cost: $30

IMG_6531.JPGSecondly was Zach’s office, Wallpapered in Post-It Notes. See the full article here.

Post-It Notes used: 5,300 (248.45 square feet of note surface).
Time Spent: 4 hours
Continual Manpower: 3
Cost: $60.71

IMG_6578.JPGThirdly was Dan’s office, covered in cups, a number partially filled with water. See the full article here.

Cups Used: 575
Time Spent: 45 minutes
Continual Manpower: 4
Cost: $25.99

IMG_6641.JPG Lastly was Dee’s office, I stole her monitor then filled her office section with balloons See the full article here.

Balloons Used: 280
Time Spent: 1.5 hours
Continual Manpower: 3
Cost: $12

All work was done after hours or during our lunch break on Friday. No work resources were used (save for half a role of tape and a little bit of electricity). A whole lot of plotting and fun was had by all. In fact, our Administrative God, Colleen, helped formulate a plan to ensure that the 4 prankees remained away from the office until Monday morning that involved buy-in from our CIO and the Plymouth State University Facility Services office. Basically, we told them that the carpets were being steam cleaned all weekend with some serious chemicals. Fun times :)

Following the completion of the first prank, I found myself giving numerous tours of the offices throughout the week as each prank was completed. Overall, a lot of fun! When they come in on Monday, I plan to have 4 video cameras…one in each office…to get their first reactions. Thats the plan and if I succeed, the vids will be going on YouTube.

Office Prank: Tin Foil

IMG_6534.JPG Tin Foil Used: 1,100 square feet
Time Spent: 3 hours
Continual Manpower: 5
Cost: $30

During this past week, our first of four – and I dare say our crowning – prank was done to my manager‘s office. Using 1,100 square feet of tin foil, a number of co-workers and I coated the room in aluminum. This prank began after a long day of work…we grabbed 30 rolls of tin foil and we got right down to business.

The participants in this prank were primarily me, Al, Cliff, Casey, and Abby. Also making an appearance to help were: Jon and Bill (our DBAs) and Tim (our student Junior Web Dev).

The project began with no clue or even an estimate of how long the project would take. I started wrapping books and magazines individually that were sprawled on Ken’s desk, Jon started wrapping random objects, Bill tackled boards hanging on the walls, and Al attacked the computer monitors and docking stations. As Jon and Bill left after 30 minutes, Cliff, Casey, and Abby took their place where we tackled the office full force. I continued with wrapping the desk, cords, and the desk’s numerous…and I mean NUMEROUS items; Cliff wrapped the book case and 3 chairs; Al attacked the office corners; Abby wrapped folders, papers, and magazines; Casey wrapped clothing, name tags, a fan, and a number of other random items. Tim arrived a bit later and helped by wrapping a printer and a number of cords.


When all was said and done, the coating of Ken’s office took about 3 hours. The work was fun and all involved became very familiar with how cheap the tin foil was that I had purchased. Dollar store for the win. All in all, the final results were very pleasing. Check out the full gallery here!