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5 easy and effective April Fools’ pranks

March 18, 2010 Leave a comment


    "Clippy"

    With April Fools’ Day right around the corner, it’s time to start ramping up your arsenal of pranks.  Now, if you’ve read my last couple of blogs (4 ways to get a job without even trying and 4 job-hunting tips that you HAVEN’T heard), then you undoubtedly have been successful finding a new job…congratulations!  Because of this I am going to focus on computer pranks…because nothing will win over the hearts of your new coworkers like belittling them with a clever little office prank.  To perform these pranks you will need to access your coworker’s computer when they take a break, download a program and then run it.  These programs take seconds to download, and are easily removable.  Here are five of my favorites:


    Clippy

I absolutely LOVE Clippy.  Clippy is an extremely annoying, absolutely useless Desktop Assistant shaped like a big paper clip with eyes (similar to the old Windows assistant).  Once you install this and run the program, Clippy will appear once every 60 seconds with a tip that’s either completely useless or shockingly condescending.  A couple of my favorites are:

“Background processing has rated your typing speed to be below normal.”

“I noticed you have Internet Explorer installed on your system. You can use that to find things on the Internet.”

    You can even write your own tidbits of advice for Clippy to use.  Visit the discussion board on iGrad’s Facebook Page to submit your best suggestion for a Clippy quote.


    Blue Screen of Death
Blue Screen of Death

"Blue Screen of Death"

You may already know about this one, but the great thing about it is that even if you have heard of it, you will still end up with the same panicked look on your face as a man crossing the street in front of a Prius.  All you have to do is download and install the screensaver. ..and your coworker will come back to the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.  Depending on how high you want your coworker’s blood pressure to spike, you may also want to unplug the mouse and keyboard for maximum effect.

Download Blue Screen of Death here.



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    Click Me

Downloading this program will place a “Click Me” box to appear on the computer’s desktop.  The box will move whenever the mouse cursor gets near it, so no matter how quick you are you will never be able to click on it.


    Email Fun

No matter what button they press the program will continue

    Imagine that your computer takes it upon itself to open up an email, start typing a message, and proceed to send it to your entire Address Book.  Now imagine it happening to your coworker as you try to refrain from laughing at the horrified look on their face.  All of this is just an illusion, but it looks real enough to make your heart skip a beat or two.  The only thing that you have to do for this gem to work is to send an email to your coworker with this attached.


    Total Confusion Combo Pack for Firefox

What makes this program so great is that you can download it to your coworker’s computer whenever you want, and it will automatically become active on April 1st.  The only downside is that this will only work on people that use the FireFox browser.  This program has several pranks:

“Two Steps Back” will make the “Back” button on the browser go back two screens instead of one…not all the time, but just enough to get very annoying very quickly.

“Rick Roll” will sporadically replace videos with a great ’80’s Rick Astley video.

“The Devil’s Inbox” will change the number of unread emails in your Gmail account 666.

“Highs and Lows”, “Sarcarsm Enhancer” and “For Real” will add comments like “LOL”, *sigh*, “yo”, “for real” and “whatever” into many of the web pages that come up.

Download Firefox Pranks here.



      Do you have a better prank?  Please share it below…the best one will be played on my boss, videotaped, and posted on iGrad’s Facebook page.







      Kris Alban

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