Monday, July 27, 2009

This may explain why I don't have many friends...

Sending an email to my college friend Tiffany the other day reminded me about one of my funniest stories-- and the best practical joke I ever pulled. Tiffany was the first person I met on our first day at college and was my roommate in our senior year. I should explain that Tiffany is from Great Britain and A LOT more reserved than I am (she's totally fun, but definitely more refined than yours truly). So she made a great target for my practical jokes just because it was so fun to shake her up a bit.

One time, as we were sitting on our beds studying, I offered her the last pierogi on my plate. She declined. "C'mon." "No, thanks." "I don't want to waste it. Please take it." "No thank you." "If I throw it at you, will you eat it?" "Well, OK." So I launched the pierogi across the room, it smacked the wall above Tiffany's head then fell onto her lap. And she ate it.

Anyway, as we approached graduation, I came up with the best practical joke ever. Tiffany and I were in the marching band at our school for our freshmen year before she quit. I stayed in another two years and, for some reason, had acquired some letterhead from the band director. Rather than letting it go to waste, I composed a letter to Tiffany saying that records showed she had never turned in the school's flute after she quit. The letter said she would have to pay $500 for the missing instrument and that the dean had been notified so she would not be allowed to graduate until she did.

Then, I put it among the other envelopes from our shared mailbox, gave her the stack and hung around to await her reaction. She.went.nuts. It was probably the most unrefined I'd ever seen her. She was ranting and swearing and saying, "They had three years to tell me. Why would they wait until right before graduation?!?" Keeping a straight face, I made things worse by saying things like, "Well, do you still have the flute? You should just give it back."

She got more and more angry until she decided to call the band director and give him a piece of her mind. I stopped her as she picked up the phone and let her in on the joke, which she took well. And, to be honest, after writing this out, I have to say I'm surprised she stayed friends with me. I like to think I made her life a little more exciting.

6 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oh shame!! That's funny!

Sam_I_am said...

oh my gosh, that is hilarious. I once posed as a cute basketball player and talked to Peanut and she got all thrilled about this boy... until I told her it was me! No wonder she won't chat on IM anymore...

Soda and Candy said...

I bet she felt like stickin' that flute where the sun don't shine!

I can't do pranks, I have no poker face.

Srg said...

Too funny! That reminds me of the time I put a fake parking ticket on my co-worker's windshield when I was still working at Pratt (one of our co-workers actually received a real parking ticket so we scanned it and after a little photo-shopping, had a rather legitimate-looking copy.)

It was all going great until he we heard him call up the security office to give them a piece of his mind. I was never so glad to rip the phone out of someone's hands! Thankfully, he took it all rather well!

Andy said...

I'm very impressed- the letter head probably helped you pull it off. Next, you need to find letter head from her current employer, and tell her she's been caught looking at porn during work hours.

edder said...

Ha! Good one. I posted one of my own and gave you a credit. Check it out :)