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How to scare someone?

Recently I was surprise spooked by a figure on my roof as I was leaving my house in the middle of the night as a joke by my friend. I want to get them back in a big way. Short of anything super extreme or coordinating with friends (this is a solo operation) how can I scare them back? I need your best and scariest ideas.
posted by Marinara on Sep 19, 2014 - 16 answers

How to respond to office prank

I was just at the butt end of an office prank that I believe was rather cruel. What do I do from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2014 - 47 answers

Help Me Counter a Prank

I have to give a presentation to about 15 new hires tomorrow sometime around 10am. The start time is always variable by about 15 mins. I do this all the time and it is quite a fun presentation. The orientation at my company is super goofy and fun and the person coordinating it is totally down for some fun. So much so that my coworker Kim has pulled HR into a ongoing prank war that Kim and I are in. I have no idea what Kim is going to pull but something is going to go down. She already roped in every single one of them to come find me and make me do ridiculous things as part of the scavenger hunt. I need a way to get all these people involved and turn it into complete laughter, embarrassment, and glee for everyone. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Jan 14, 2014 - 6 answers

GiftFilter: prank edition

Secret Santa draw asked for "something useful for playing pranks", and I've...got nothing. Help? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Dec 18, 2013 - 19 answers

Looking for a Specific Show On Nickleodeon

I was pranked about 2 months ago for a Nickleodeon TV show and I want to see if my piece actually aired. I forgot the name of the show. What I do remember is that it aired on Saturday either in the late morning or afternoon and pranks were a regular part of the programming. Any help?
posted by goalyeehah on Dec 11, 2013 - 6 answers

New computer desktop prank

I am setting up a work associates new computer and decided to have some fun with it. I’ve added a theme and desktop slide show featuring things like William Shatner, clowns, Captain Picard, Duck Dynasty, among other silly things. How do I lock a desktop background slideshow in Windows 7 other than with group policies? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Dec 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Pranks for nothing: anonymous, international version.

For the last day, my phone has been targeted by the "have two random cellphones call each other simultaneously and see what happens when someone picks up" prank, similar to what is available through websites I won't advertise here. (Google, "have two phones call each other prank." Yes, I looked up the 4 I could find, and registered on all of them to have my number blocked....it's still happening.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Stop My iPhone From Making Ghost Prank Calls?

People I have never heard of before are calling me to ask that I stop calling them. Fine. If I had called them, that is! But I haven't. Neither has my phone, according to its log. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Weird iPhone behavior: virus? Malware? Hacked? Punked?

Why is my iPhone doing these things? [more inside]
posted by mai on Sep 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Bad idea?

A friend who lives in suburban Scotland and likes to share funny, absurd and plain weird stuff recently sent me this link. I would really like to send him this exact postcard now as a prank. But would it get him into trouble? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jul 29, 2013 - 17 answers

Hazardous waste: it's a gas!

Please suggest some funny stuff to write on (fake) hazardous waste labels to decorate the office of the hazmat safety guy who's coming back from sabbatical. The labels look similar to this. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Jun 4, 2013 - 23 answers

Posters to finish my coworker's office makeover

One of my developers just had got an "office makeover" (mostly a much needed paint job), and now has about a half dozen Ikea RIBBA frames on the walls. Unfortunately, he hasn't figured out what to put in them. Fortunately, we're all here to help him out. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Jan 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me prank my PI

When I first started my current job as a graduate researcher at a nominally Catholic university as an American in Belgium, my boss played a quick prank on me where he came into my office, plopped down a copy of the New Testament in Flemish, and told me I needed to study up to pass some kind of religious test. The way he did it, it was pretty funny and I’m looking for ways to prank him back. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Nov 28, 2012 - 7 answers

The peppers have eyes

1) Big, round, colorful vegetables are starting to grow in my wife's garden. 2) She'll be gone for the next two weekends. 3) I've got a bag of 1000 googly eyes. Question: How can I make this prank work without ruining her harvest? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jul 9, 2012 - 96 answers

Pranks with my friend's car

I'm taking care of my friend's car for two weeks while he's on vacation. What are some silly things I can do with his car as a joke that he can follow on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Jun 15, 2012 - 31 answers

I've never met you, this is crazy. What's your number? Don't call me, maybe?

What's up with 774-8283? This appears to be a spoofed phone number calling to harass people at random. How are they doing this, and what can be done about it? Question about American phone calls, probably won't apply internationally. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jun 7, 2012 - 5 answers

MAN VS. SKUNK – April Fool’s Day Edition

For the last couple of years, my SO and I have an on-going theme involving skunks that colors our April Fool's Day mischief. Help me find an inflatable skunk to keep the stinkin’ hilarity going! [more inside]
posted by numinous on Jan 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Parking meter for lulz

Are there any legal ramifications to installing a parking meter on my front lawn? [more inside]
posted by breakfast_yeti on Nov 1, 2011 - 53 answers

Make me laugh. Please?

What are some good places to find a certain kind of humor online? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Oct 6, 2011 - 21 answers

"Fresh" Can of Mountain Dew

Problem: a good friend wants one of my delicious Mountain Dew Throwbacks. Solution: Empty can of delicious Mountain Dew and refill with disgusting Diet Coke. Problem: I can't reseal a can of Mountain Dew. Solution? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on Sep 30, 2011 - 45 answers

Coffee Hazard Site!

Kindly advise me on setting up a hazmat site in my neighbor's cubicle! [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Aug 17, 2011 - 24 answers

Safe to add food coloring to betta's water?

I am wondering if there is any risk to a betta fish at all of adding some food coloring to his water? We have been pulling minor pranks on a coworker and many on Fridays have revolved around a fish and I am thinking adding a couple of drops to make a light tinge to the water would be good if it posed no risk to the fish. Everything I've googled looks like it is fine, but really trying to cover my bases in advance.
posted by ewiley28 on Jul 28, 2011 - 23 answers

The C: drive will be erased in 5...4...3...2..... -beep-

Friends are holding a computer prank contest. Need ideas. [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz on Jul 9, 2011 - 44 answers

I control my friends web domain, what pranks can I play on him?

I have control of a friends web domain. Any good ideas for some (good-natured) pranks we can play on him? [more inside]
posted by xanderbeedle on May 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Prank call and caller ID

Is it possible to get a recorded prank call and the number on your caller id shows a fake number (business number)? At the end of the recorded message it said something like prank.com but not sure of the exact name. Is there any way to find out where call originated?
posted by sandyp on Nov 10, 2010 - 7 answers

How to respond to a Charlie the Unicorn when you can't take his freakin' kidney.

Every week during Poetry Workshop, we write criticisms on our classmates' poems. This week, my friend handed me this. How can I retaliate next week? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Nov 10, 2010 - 31 answers

There's a knob for that.

I'm looking for an image of a ridiculously over-the-top complicated control panel. The more knobs, switches, dials, buttons, gauges, etc, the better. [more inside]
posted by madmethods on Oct 3, 2010 - 21 answers

How do I publish phonecalls legally?

How can I go about legally posting phone calls made to businesses on the internet without getting into "invasion of privacy" issues? [more inside]
posted by a47danger on Aug 24, 2010 - 16 answers

Security and authentication on the telephone

Two prominent, famous or 'important' people talk on the telephone. How does either the caller or recipient know they're actually speaking to the real person ? [more inside]
posted by selton on May 10, 2010 - 9 answers

It Really Seems Like I'm Haunted.

Weirdness. Am I haunted? Is my house haunted? Strange, unexplainable things are happening. [more inside]
posted by davoid on Mar 26, 2010 - 44 answers

Fake a webcam feed?

How can I feed video content to a site/application as if it's a webcam source? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Mar 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Feasibility of a ridiculous texting prank?

What is the potential risk, and legality, of my idea for a prank: sending the entirety of Romeo and Juliet in text messages to a friend. [more inside]
posted by Askiba on Nov 25, 2009 - 33 answers

DVD Fake-Out!

How can I make a phony DVD, that starts off promisingly, but eventually turns into something totally unexpected...with the intention of pranking a DVD thief? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Nov 14, 2009 - 33 answers

What is the REAL name of the Japanese pranks show people are calling "Panic Face King"?

There is a video making the rounds that is supposedly from an extreme Japanese pranks show called "Panic Face King." I have been unable to find any additional information on this show, which leads me to believe this is not the real name (or not the correct translation). [more inside]
posted by phonepimpster on Oct 27, 2009 - 7 answers

How does Scare Tactics Work?

How does Scare Tactics work? [more inside]
posted by mazniak on Oct 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Go home, bunny!

How do I send this bunny home? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish on Jun 1, 2009 - 18 answers

Prank a high school!

Do you have any ideas for a prank against a rival high school at our reunion? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Apr 22, 2009 - 7 answers

21st century tape over the phone plug prank??

Phone Prank Filter: I need to keep a co-worker's phone from ringing. I know the tape over plug technique but the trick is these phones have digital displays. Is there a way to cut the phone w/o cutting the power? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Mar 12, 2009 - 14 answers

Become an online survey taker. Earn cash and rewards!

Is BigSpot (as seen on TV) a major scam, a minor scam, or a good way for a bored person to make a few pennies skewing demographic research. Or other? Are there any reputable or recommendable companies of this nature? I don't want to make a living, I just want to choose your mayonnaise.
posted by Area Control on Jan 28, 2009 - 7 answers

What are all of these illegal immigrants doing in my bed?

Help my friends play an epic prank on their vacationing roommate! Ideas, please. [more inside]
posted by troika on Dec 8, 2008 - 24 answers

I need to know who made this prank phone call!

Who made this recorded prank phone call? It's SO funny! [more inside]
posted by lukeklein on Oct 23, 2008 - 4 answers

How to involve a hotel in a toy ransom?

Co-workers have been out of the office this week staying at a hotel on the other side of the country and I've kidnapped their toy for ransom. How to proceed using this third party? [more inside]
posted by KathyK on Oct 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Trace a call that can't be traced?

What can I possible do about someone that is repeatedly calling my place of employment and hanging up? [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme on Oct 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Office Enhancements

My co-worker was just granted US citizenship and is out of the office today, in what crafty ways can we "enhance" his office while he is out... [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy on Sep 19, 2008 - 20 answers

Customized net prank

Where can I find a list of "prank" websites that use customization to put the name of the victim somewhere within the site? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jul 15, 2008 - 9 answers

Not so itsy bitsy.

Where (online) can I find a toy camel spider or something that looks remotely similar? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotkatrina on Jun 28, 2008 - 6 answers

I got TP'ed. It's time to return the favor.

After having my yard toilet papered and forked (not my yard in the link), it's time to get back. [more inside]
posted by niles on Jun 26, 2008 - 36 answers

Office War!

How do I start a good natured inter-office war? [more inside]
posted by Jofus on May 14, 2008 - 21 answers

There's a joke in this negative space, I just know it...

I'm looking for fun things to do with a soda machine sized nook. Our office had, until recently, a soda vending machine (the wide, squattyish kind). The machine is now gone, and I've heard that we'll be getting a new one (switching from a good-ol'-boy-friend-of-a-friend deal to a real Coke distributor). Until then, there's a "hole" in the side of the hallway that my whole workplace walks past every day. It's probably 5 feet wide, maybe 6 or 7 deep. [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der on Mar 3, 2008 - 22 answers

Need a scientific explanation of how the Confetti Bomb Prank works

I'm looking for a scientific explanation of how this "confetti bomb" prank works. It uses compressed air squirted inside a film canister, then quickly filled with confetti and sealed. After a few seconds, the canister explodes. Why? [more inside]
posted by phonepimpster on Feb 10, 2008 - 15 answers

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