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How to Play the Aluminum Foil Prank on a Co-worker

Giving your colleague’s office or cubicle a makeover is a nifty practical joke.


  • Step 1: Pick a time Pick a time when you’ll have uninterrupted access to your colleague’s workspace.
  • Step 2: Take picture Take 'before' pictures of the workspace.
  • Step 3: Cover the walls Cover the walls and any windows with aluminum foil. Paper the ceiling, too, if you can.
  • TIP: Don’t buy the cheap dollar-store foil -- this is a job for the heavy-duty stuff.
  • Step 4: Wrap everything Wrap everything in sight -- from the desk, chair, and computer right down to the last pen.
  • Step 5: Refer to photos When everything is wrapped, refer to your photos so you can put all the stuff back exactly where it was.
  • TIP: Don’t want to spend money on foil? Swipe a stack of sticky notes from the supply closet and cover every last surface with them.
  • Step 6: Laugh Laugh your ass off as your coworker spends his morning unwrapping your special gift.
  • FACT: In 2003, an airline employee sued Southwest Airlines for having her 'arrested' as an office prank.

You Will Need

  • Lots of aluminum foil
  • A camera
  • Sticky notes

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