Laser Day

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.

Lasers!
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Your New Background

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!

Collecting roadkill in costume!

This one was all me and Ryan K!
We dressed up like creepy emo goth kids and picked up roadkill off of busy-ish roads!

What I appreciate about this shenanigan is that it covers the essentials of what a good shenanigan is. It directly involves onlookers and begs them to ask  “WHAT?!”, “WHY?”, and “REALLY?”
I just imagined someone driving by and saying “Honey, look, those satan worshipers are at it again!”

We really just moved the roadkill to the grass on the side of the road and let the vultures consume their natural diet in safety.

That look on my face was perfect though!

The New Faces of Callahan

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

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Twister In the Round-About

If this is not the quintessential Shenanigan of the week, I don’t know what is!

Playing Twister in the center of the Roundabout with Victoria K., Chris K., Ian L. and Ryan K.! This one doesn’t need much explanation, except that it is not blatantly illegal to be in the center of the roundabout (I could not find any mention of it in KY law. However, I did read that the KY transportation Cabinet advises against crossing to the center island).
But what is illegal (at least in most states) is honking your horn at anything that’s not an imminent threat… Like pedestrians 25 feet from the road.

We had many grumpy, fat, old people honk at us! Which means shenanigan accomplished!

The Hebron Scavenger Hunt

Seeing as this is the week of April Fools, I’m posting one of my most favorite pranks that I’ve done! I did this one my senior year, and I had actually almost forgot about it!

Essentially I made a gag scavenger hunt in Hebron just to see if I could get people to do it!
It had three parts, one beginning clue, middle clue and end clue, just so I could tell if someone had actually done it by seeing if multiple clues were moved.

The beginning clue was phrased as if it were one of the last clues of some larger scavenger hunt, this way our prankee would stumble upon it and would be instantly bound in mystery and keep them interested.  I hid at least 7 of these things all around Hebron! I know I hid one in the microwave at Remkees, taped under a table at Wendy’s, on a bathroom door,
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taped to a phone outside of UDF,
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under some candy at UDF,
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and on a paper towel dispenser at the Crew Lounge Bar!

This clue led to the second clue, which I hid near the Hebron roundabouts in a plastic bag.
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Which said:
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This one was removed twice, along with the third clue, meaning people definitely took the bait! :D
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The final clue, which really wasn’t much of a clue, really more of a let down for the prankee, was at the Hebron Lents branch Library (Rest In Peace!). I found the most obscure book I could, one that would probably not be checked out that often… “Collecting Pens: The Instant Expert”

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This clue read “Sorry, this wasn’t part of a real scavenger hunt… I just wanted to see if anyone would actually do this… Here’s some stickers though for your effort.” And then I had power rangers stickers there, which the first person took, so  I replaced those with Obese Cat stickers (doesn’t everyone have some Obese Cat stickers laying around?).CAM00183 CAM00203

But yeah, so at least 2 people did this scavenger hunt! I really wish I was able to see them do it! I would love to have just causally struck up a conversation with them about what they were doing, acting as if I knew nothing about it, that would have been interesting!

enjoy your April fools day, Get creative and Prank on!

 

Handing Out Lemons

This is a perfect example of a fun and silly thing that can really screw with people! (and that’s what is really at the heart of a good, clean shenanigan after all!)
Me and my buddy Jeremy made shirts with the word “life” on them and then went to Kroger and bought like 9 or so lemons and then went and stood outside of the Florence mall and handed out them out! Most people didn’t really get it or thought we were trying to sell them something or didn’t just plain didn’t want them (what’s life like? Lol) but a few people who put 2 and 2 together thought it was hilarious!
Here is me with captain America and some girls! We forgot to get any other pictures! hah

The Teasure of James P Callahan

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.”

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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!

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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.!
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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!)
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Fun was had by all!

The Poetic Response

poor Red-Type-Who must be at the end of their rope,
but for Seat-Crapper we know at least there’s still hope

This is definitely is in my top 3 favorite pranks of all time!

One day in august of 2014, while walking down the hall to my dorm room, I noticed a large note on the door to the dining hall staff bathroom… This is the note, typed in all red and clearly placed by an unhappy employee:
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Disgusting right?!?! Like what in the world happened to make them have to put up a sign like that?!?! The worst part is that whoever was pooping on the “toilet seat or floor” and wasn’t cleaning up after themselves was also serving me food… if they were not cleaning up after themselves, they likely were not washing there hands either…

But why, in the name of all things decent, does that sign have to be on the outside of the door?!?! Where students who live and eat here can see it?!?! Couldn’t it at least be on the wall above the toilet?!? After walking by it for a week or two and being horrified each day it still was up, I decided I could take it no longer…
So I happened to stumble across a fantastic poem of a related subject online, which I then edited and expanded on. It was then printed out and heavily taped up next to the original disgusting note… This one is very doctor Seuss inspired…
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That picture is pretty grainy, so here is what my “response” poem said:

All the Whos down at Who Inc. NKU, the tall and the small
Could poop without being revolting at all
The Whos, when pooping, would poop in the pot
But the Seat-Crapper, who worked at Who Inc. NKU, would not

Just yesterday morning, around ten past eleven
The Seat-Crapper started pooping at mach oh-point-seven
And when Red-Type-Who had to poop their Who-Hash from last night
They went into the staff-bathroom and got quite a fright:

There was poop on the floor, there was poop in the stall
There was poop on the seat and on every wall
There was poop on the tile, there was poop on the grout
There was scarcely a place where poop was not about

There was poop on the handle, there was poop on the tank
There was poop on the john door, oh how that poop stank!
There was poop everywhere, the new paint was peeling
Why that Seat-Crapper even got poop on the ceiling!

Red-Type-Who had enough of the Seat-crapper’s antics
suddenly Red-Type concocted a note of semantics
posting it on the door will be goodRed-Type Who said
disregarding the literate students whom the employees fed

“It’s okay at the home when one craps on the seat
It’s okay at the home when one poops on concrete
but at this place the Whos must share just the one crapper,
so when you miss the mark just simply clean it up after

You are not at home, here at the work place,
you cannot crap like you are in outerspace.
that simply won’t do here at NKU, I know it’s not easy,
but to clean it up right will make it so much less creepy”
The poop was bad, maybe Callahan’s worst ever
but truthfully the note was not all that much better
poor Red-Type-Who must be at the end of their rope,
but for Seat-Crapper we know at least there’s still hope

surprisingly it remained there for about a week before it was removed! Unfortantely they left the orginal note up, fully ignoring my polite way of saying “this is disgusting, students don’t want to see this”…
So I made a second note that was much more direct to that point
It was even formatted exactly like the orginal!

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They took that one down two days later… With the original still up…

What vile things must have been occurring in that bathroom to make that note so critical to keep posted there!?!?!

Finally I just decided to deface the note that had been defacing the basic decency of every student who ate their…
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they took the note down and it was never seen again…

Success!

“but truthfully the note was not all that much better
poor Red-Type-Who must be at the end of their rope,
but for Seat-Crapper we know at least there’s still hope”

The Parrot

 

This is one of my all-time favorites! Basically we had these fake parrots from some old pirate costumes just sitting around in our basement collecting dust… So me and my brother decided why not do something fun with them and zip-tie one of them to a tree branch near a busy road where its visible (but not too visible)!?! So that’s exactly what we did!

We positioned it in just the perfect spot right near the first roundabout in Hebron, carefully positioned so that when people would drive by and see it, they would think “wow! Look! It’s a parrot!” but could never get a close enough look because of the angle of the tree to the road, so as not to give away its lifeless nature. Then they would see it sitting there again when they drove by the next day and the next day and the next! :D

Since then, we’ve put up several more parrots in several different places, but this one was the first and probably best placed one. It always gets a laugh out of people when we tell them that it was us that put it there!

…Oh, and I believe it’s still up there xP

-Jared K

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