This prank is a lot like the parrot prank, and this one also holds a very special place in my heart as one of my favorites.
Essentially we wanted something a little more bizarre and uncanny than the parrot… A cut-out of a movie character or celebrity juuuuust recognizable enough to notice, but not so much that you ever would expect to see it anywhere…
We made a whole list and eventually narrowed it down to Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan The Barbarian, because even if you have not seen any Schwarzenegger films, you still know a barbarian when you see one.
Jeremy R., Ryan K. and I used a printer and some plywood to craft our very own life sized version of Arny. We set him up in the woods between the Hebron Roundabouts (one of our favorite locations) in December when all of the leaves were off the trees and the colors were just right for him to blend in. We positioned him so that he would only be visible for a few seconds as you drove by, but would be very noticeable during that time.
He stayed there for a few days before the weather forced us to retrieve him! We’ve since used him for numerous pranks. It’s a convenient thing to keep around in a college dorm room, as it turns out.
Here is a classic! If you know me, one of my favorite “causal” disparaging remarks is to refer to someone as a “weeny” or a “wiener”. Freshman year, my roomie Dan was one of the biggest weenies that I have had the pleasure to meet (I love you Dan!), so while he was gone on spring break, put this together and hung it above his bed. It’s a cardboard replica of the sign from the Spongebob season 3 “No Weenies Allowed” episode!
The little wiener loved it!
The sign currently rests above my brothers bed, because he is also a weeny.
One evening freshman year, I decided that our hallway was just too boring as it was. Something had to be done to spice it up, and thus laser day was upon us!
My hall-mates and I strung up some red yarn on command hooks throughout the hallway and then became secret agents for the rest of the day!
Check out this awesome video I made with my GoPro!
It was fun being secret agents, until a cranky RA ripped it down saying it was a “fire hazard”, which is somewhat reasonable, although we purposefully rigged it up to be instantly released if you knocked into any part of it. Its funny that she brought up fire hazards, considering the dorm building was violating fire code by locking our courtyard door supposedly… And not stopping my neighbor from smoking pot in his room with his smoke detector covered up… and not doing anything about the same neighbor playing with an “Axe spray/lighter flame thrower” in his room… Yes, that happened. Scary. Anyways.
I’ve been doing this for years! When someone leaves their user account logged in on a school computer, I change their background to this picture of an obese horse and I re-name it as NowYouWillAlwaysRememberToLogOut.jpg and then log them out.
I’ve never seen anyone leave a computer logged in with an obese horse background, so clearly its pretty effective.
And one time last year I changed a background of a logged in computer and upon logging out I realized that it was ME who had left the computer logged in… I’m a smarty pants!
Outside of one of the Sorority hallways at Callahan there was a poster board featuring the “New Faces This Fall!” This poster board only featured sorority girls, even though its made by the RAs… Everyone knows Sorority girls are the best prankees! Basically it was just askin’ for a prankin’.
One day I found this old photo of a teddy bear holding a sign and decided it would fit in well here. It stayed up until the end of the semester!
Also, bonus prank! I noticed yesterday that my additional notes of Hall Director expectations are still up in the Callahan classroom! its been months since I added them! They must really appreciate the brainstorming
freshman year I decided to make this treasure map and hide it around the building, leading to the non-existent treasure of the misspelled-wrong-name “John P. Calihan.”
The dorm building that I lived in at NKU was called the “James P. Callahan Hall”, but everyone simply referred to it as just Callahan hall. (It was named after Kentucky Senator James P. Callahan, who advocated for NKU funding and had recently passed away)
For some reason one day during freshman year I decided to make this treasure map and hide it around the building, leading to the non-existent treasure of the misspelled-wrong-name “John P. Calihan.”
The map led to the sand in the valley ball courts. Of course I didn’t actually put anything there in the sand. But the next day, I checked where I had hidden the maps and they were ALL gone… I looked outside at the valley ball courts and there was obvious evidence of attempted digs… My RA Matt and his roomie Michael had found the maps and spent quite some time digging for it!
He was pretty heartbroken when I informed him it was just a prank… I felt bad for tricking him a little, so I decided he needed a real treasure hunt!
A few weeks later I put together a large 10 part scavenger hunt for him and the other residents in the hallway! It was kind of a spur of the moment thing for most of them, which is why it was so much fun! It included pirate costumes, buried clues (for real this time), cross campus treks, secret codes, historical riddles, unlocked basement maintenance closets, Etc.!
And of course, the treasure of John P. Callahan! (not the real one, mind you. That’s a secret closely guarded by miles of under-dorm passageways and various freemason booby-traps!)
Fun was had by all!