Harmless gadgets to keep your co-workers on their toes 0
Back to school season often makes young-at-heart adults reminisce about the fun days of practical jokes in the classroom (which were usually followed by detention slips from teachers). This usually results in an increase in juvenile pranks around the office —sometimes followed by pink slips from Human Resources.
Here’s a collection of harmless gizmos that will have your co-workers giggling until their next coffee break. Just make sure you don’t get caught while trying to pull off the perfect office prank.
The Phantom Menace: The Phantom Keystroker USB
Where to buy: thinkgeek.com
As the U.S. gets worked up over the Obama versus Romney Presidential Election, it’s fitting to recall that one of the most expensive pranks occurred in the White House. Back in 2002 the U.S. General Accounting Office released a meticulous report alleging that outgoing Bill Clinton staffers vandalized the White House, based on charges by the incoming George W. Bush administration. Among the charges: Clinton staffers admitted to popping the “W” key off White House computer keyboards – resulting in a $4,650 cost.
You can mess with your co-worker’s keyboard by spending only $9.99 and being a little more covert with the Phantom Keystroker. The device looks like an innocent USB – but it is actually an evil little contraption that will randomly move the cursor, turn on the CAPS-lock, and automatically type out odd phrases. Your poor colleagues will either pull out their hair in frustration, or call in a tech-orcist for their suddenly possessed computer. Note: Don’t use this device on someone that is actually doing real work (the intern). Try it on someone who is usually just surfing the web during work hours (your boss).
Guaranteed to Be Incorrect 101% of the Time: The Wrongulator
Where to buy: Amazon.com
Price: US $7.04
The Wrongulator looks like a typical LCD calculator, but it is actually an accountant’s worst nightmare. It is designed to always give the wrong answer, providing head-scratching calculations such as: 5 7 = 21. But be careful not to leave the Wrongulator lying around your desk when discussing a raise with your boss. You could either end up with a 500% salary increase, or a 50% pay cut.
According to Amazon.com, there are only four Wrongulators left in stock – which, according to my calculations, gives you a 1 in 25 chance of picking one up.
Airborne Annoyance: AirZooka
Where to buy: escience.ca
Back in the day at school, I’d fling an eraser at a classmate and turn away in innocence, snickering at such brilliant tomfoolery. Later, at the office, I graduated to elastic bands — which travelled far and were stealthy. These days, office pranksters have it even easier with the AirZooka. Blast your co-worker with a gust of air as his back is turned at his desk, while your boss unwittingly walks behind him — and let your colleague draw his own nasty conclusions.
Snouting up some Starbucks: Pig Nose Mug
Where to buy: neatoshop.com
Do you have any co-workers that always hog the office coffee pot? Generously give them this generic-looking coffee mug that looks plain all around – except the bottom, which reveals their true character. The mugs are also available in other animal noses – so beware of retribution and eventual jungle warfare in the office.
Do your co-workers get up to hijinks in the office? Tell us about it at firstname.lastname@example.org