Happy April Fools Day!
I LOVE pranks, especially when they are around the office. While April Fools Day is a big holiday for my team, we also enjoy pranking our coworkers when they are out of town.
In 2011 the analytics team set the bar pretty high by doing this:
Last year, I knew we had to top this prank. Our original idea was to cover our bosses office in balloons, but at the last minute we all deiced that we didn’t want to spend our Sunday blowing up balloons. We quickly decided to nix the balloon idea and cover our bosses office in foil:
The best part about this prank was that it only took us about 20 minutes. A year later there are foil remains in her office.
Even though the foil prank was a success, we still wanted to cover her office in balloons. To our luck, she left the office for two days in the middle of the week and we seized our opportunity. You know what they say, while boss lady is away, the analytics team likes to play:
This prank did take commitment. We had about 175 balloons and it took us about two days to complete this. The hard part about this prank was that we would have to blow up balloons every now and then because we kept getting light headed. We also printed out custom memes and pasted those around her office.
Of course my coworker and I did have to take it one step further. After the initial surprise we thought it would be fun to hide in the balloons and scare our boss. When she left her office we carefully hid in the balloons and piled some extra balloons on top to make sure no one could see us. We ended up hiding in there for about 20 minutes before jumping out and completely scaring our boss. It was great! She had no idea we were in there. While she didn’t think it was that funny, the office got a kick out of it:
We had a hard time coming up with a way to top the ballons, but I think we did! One night after work we ended up staying late to create scarecrows of ourselves! We each blew up a balloon, taped a picture of our face to the ballon, then stuffed our clothes with newspaper. Everyone in the office was so confused. I’m going to chalk this up as a #win.
You can’t even tell this isn’t me:
And of course when you double the analytics team, you get double the fun: