There are two pranks that stand out in my mind as being fabulous.
One was a prank I played on others, and I consider it my greatest prank to date. The other was a practical joke played on me by my son at Christmas one year. The hoax was quite creative on my son’s part, and I’m still amazed at the effort he put into it to pull it off.
Perfect bathroom prank
More than 55 years ago, after my wife and I got married, we settled in a small town in northeast Kansas. In that area, most people were responsible for taking their own trash to the city dump.
At the dump, it was common practice for people to set reusable items along the fence so their junk could become another person’s treasure.
One day while there, I saw a mannequin propped up along the fence. Seeing a great opportunity, I loaded it up and took it home. I dressed it in some of my wife’s old clothes and gave it a mop wig. Then I took it to the dealership where I worked.
I placed “her” on the toilet in the restroom near the parts department, which was the restroom primarily used by customers. Then I stood back and watched as several customers pushed opened the restroom door, then quickly shut it, saying, “Excuse me” or “Sorry.”
After waiting some time for the “lady in the restroom” to come out, one customer went into the office and told the secretary that there was a woman in the restroom who must be really sick.
Shortly after that, it was announced to us employees that the guilty party was to remove the mannequin immediately.
Still clothed in part of my wife’s old wardrobe and a mop wig, I took the mannequin back to the dump and placed it along the fence for someone else’s amusement. Who knows where she ended up.
Dad didn’t expect peanut prank
I do woodworking projects in the basement, which creates a lot of dust on the floor. No matter how often or how well you sweep, that dust is difficult to get up.
I love salted peanuts in the shell, and I eat them often while downstairs. Instead of throwing the shells in a trash can, I throw them on the floor. When I sweep, the shells, for some reason, help pick up the dust from the floor.
My son knows how much I love peanuts, so he came up with the perfect gift to “get” me for Christmas one year – a box of peanuts in the shell.
After opening the box, I picked up a peanut and opened it, but there was no nut inside. That happens occasionally, so I didn’t think much about it. I grabbed another peanut, but there was no nut in it either. Opening one shell after another, I found that none of them had nuts inside.
My son then spilled the beans, saying he thought it would be funny to take all the peanuts out of the shells, and then wrap them up for me. So he used a razor blade to open the shells, then removed the nuts, and then glued the shells back together.
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