Old timer pranks / shop jokes

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  1. Dec 14, 2010 #41

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    Last time I did that I used 1/2 and 1/2 oxy/acetylene in a lawn and leaf bag.

    It blew the mirror off my truck door, blew the mirror off the windshield and cracked it, blew bondo off the door, blew my neighbor off his toilet (loud bang scared him), blew collector plates off the other neighbor's wall, set off all the car alarms for a mile, snuffed out the quartz vapor filiments inside the bulbs on my and my neighbor's porch, and my wife wouldn't talk to me for 10 days...

    I was also sweating a static spark while I was positioning the works...


    But it was the best July 4th explosion for miles!
     
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    The fish thing was done by a guy who had been ripped off by his bank. He bought a frozen fish, wrapped it up to look like a bundle of documents, and rented a safety-deposit box at that bank. Then he left the country for a few weeks. Took them some time to figure out which box the stench was coming from, and more time to get a warrant to open it.

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  3. Dec 16, 2010 #43

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    We used to send the new apprentices to the stores dept to 'get the long weight.' The store man would just say "I'll be with you in a while...." After about 10 minutes he would say "sorry so and so took that out yesterday and hasn't returned it." so off the apprentice would go to see so and so. Some of the new guys managed to visit everyone in the workshop before they realized we were all in on the prank.
    Another one was to ask the new guy to go to the store to get the wood welding electrode. Now every good apprentice knows that you can't weld wood but if you insist, they usually go to the store man and say "those dopes told me to get the wood welding electrode but I know there is no such thing." The store man would insist that there was and would supply an arc welding electrode. Thinking that the store man was also in on the prank, they would bring the electrode back and insist on seeing you weld wood. What he didn't realize was that you had a specially prepared piece of wood that had been rabbited a and piece of mild steel flat bar had been hammered in to the slot just below the surface. You would attach the earth and everyone would wait for the look of amazement on the poor guys face as you struck an arc. I've actually had apprentices ask me to teach them how to weld wood afterwards.
    My wifes grandfather was a boilermaker. One day a load of stainless steel and bright tool steel got mixed up. He told everyone not to worry as he could tell which was which by feel. He closed his eyes and ran his hand over the first sample declaring it to be stainless. Next he ran his hand over the tool steel which he allocated to the correct pile. Thus he sorted the entire mix up. He didn't tell them for days that he actually had a small magnet in his hand at the time.
     
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    What about the saran wrap over the toilet bowl. When flying passengers we would put the gimmick coke bottle glasses on or use the checklist that we specially made up that was nothing but pictures. Speaking of pranks...PilotVids.com | Wrong wrong
     
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    My father told me about this one when he was in flight training, I dont know what the plane was, but it was a tandem, and had removable control sticks. Its seems that one of the instructors liked to remove his stick and use it to poke and jab at the student when he was doing something wrong. A friend of my dads got fed up with this so the next time he went up he managed to sneak aboard an extra stick. He waited for the inevitable jabbing and hitting to start, then put the plane into a dive, grabbed his secret stick and turned around and started hitting, jabbing, and yelling right back. Needless to say the instuctor went crazy trying to get his linked back in, but couldn't because the reciever was full foreward! I dont know if after that he used that particular "teaching technique" anymore.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2011 #46

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    Worked on UH 1 & OH 58s and on the flight line- before a training flight every one was at flight idle-I rolled a "Jesus nut" across the nose of the helicopters, It got real interesting after that-
     
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    When I was 12 years old, I had a paper route. One of the distributors offered some of us extra pay to work sales door to door in certain industrial areas of L.A.. Every Saturday they'd load us in a van and drop us in different neighborhoods. I needed a bathroom one day and was walking by a giant corrugated building full of heavy metal working equipment and metal workers. I asked to use the toilet and one of the guys said sure and pointed to the corrugated "library". It was about the size of a coffin on end with just enough room for the toilet, and the roll of paper. Just as I'd settled in, one of the guys outside smacked the side of that tin box with a length of bar or something. When I finally came out, there were 5 or 6 of them laughing pretty good.

    To this day, if someone I know uses a porta-john in an outdoor setting, I will find a big board or a flat rock or something and ring that bell for them.
    Much fun.
     
  8. May 29, 2011 #48

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    while at honda as a mechanic would take a pensil and color in between the terminals on distributor caps. tech would put it on vehical and it would arc to all the wrong terminals inside the cap. setting off check engine light and and really rough idle.
    also was to run a piece of speaker wire to the coil and then run it inside the car. strip about a foot of insulation off the wire and put it under the seat cover from the dealership. once the engine was cranked and fired every time the coil fired the mechanic sitting in the seat was zapped.

    things like wiring brake switch to the horn was funny too. putting a screw in the air line, coolant bombs, ect. shop pranks are fun if not too dangerous.
     
  9. Aug 1, 2011 #49

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    Ok...heres a few

    Take a prop tie wrap...the big thick ones and tie wrap somebodies drive shaft..the faster they go the more racket it will make. Did this to the Vice Prezzes new BMW at Garrett Aviation and after work watched him drive strait to the dealership, stopping every few hundred yards and getting out of the car looking very worried.

    When I was a kid I took an old bag of potatoes my mom had thrown out ...snuck out of the house one night and shoved potatoes up some tailpipes of some commuting fathers. The next morning while waiting for the schoolbus had a few of us rolling on the ground watching all the dads with the same car trouble.

    While working at Gulfstream in the custom fab department we took some cheap perfume and poured it into the pig end of some guys airline that needed to get nocked down a peg. He comes back from morning break, chucks up his die grinder and smelled really sweet the rest of the day....u can also use diechem layout fluid.

    When I had my 145 Repair Station I had a buddy of mine disguise his voice and called claiming to be the FAA investigating the logs books of a downed plane that was full of my yellow tags and that one of the components we repaired was the cause of the crash. There was a LONG pause on the line as I felt years of my life being stripped away followed by laughter on the other end. I have yet to top that one.
     
  10. Aug 3, 2011 #50

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    My favorite is to take a 12v light bulb and smash the glass off of it leaving the filiment exposed. be vary carfull to not brek the filament. solder wires to the bulb and install gator clips on the wires. install this unit on a pack of blackcat firecrackers. work the fuse against the filiment. hook to starter on the leads from the key that energize the solinoid. when your buddie gets in and hits the ignition then whammo. pop popety bang pop. They will crap their pants for sure.

    I used this one when I worked at a big buss shop in denver. this was before 911 and the world got wimpified.

    Also there is the slip some extra parts and nuts bolts scres ect into someones parts pile of a rebuild they are doing. Get real scared when they find a place for all the parts lol.

    One thing I have learned in life is to never underestimate the power of rednecks and beer lol.
     
  11. Aug 5, 2011 #51

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    When I was young I learned quickly that horseplay always escalates until someone gets hurt, sometimes hurt badly, then it's not so funny anymore. Pranks are never a smart action to take.
     
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    Well, that's the difference between a good prank and a bad one. Good ones are harmless, bad ones can be (very) dangerous.

    Recently tried this one in a full pub with a female friend. Worked great and any single person was laughing for minutes...
    ‪Can She Taste The Salt?‬‏ - YouTube

    Large plastic bag, ty-wrap, motorcycle, father. The bang when he started was pretty impressive.

    A friend of mine was pretty annoyed at the continous chit-chat on the local "chat" frequency, since he was supposed to listen to it (he manned the ground station) and they talked endlessly. After several requests to shut up, he switched on a porn-movie with it's characteric sound, taped the "send" button and left for a fresh drink. Reactions were mixed, but we had a lot of fun...
     
  13. Aug 7, 2011 #53

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    Yea I suppose so but I think the reason 99 percent of us engage in this type of activity is the fact that we cannot take the dull drudgery of life unless we get to have a little fun and laugh a little bit. If I cannot laugh and have a bit of fun I think I would rather just croak as life just wouldnt hold much anymore. Given my choice of a shop with pranks or a shop with stuffy no fun people I would chose the shop with pranks any day. Thats just my opinion and I do realize others have other opinions and thats just fine for them.:ermm:
     
  14. Feb 23, 2012 #54

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    Something we used to do to something in Iraq was when someone would use a porta-john on one of the FOBs, we would drop fist sized rocks down the "exhaust" on the roof...which led right to the blue water container. *SPLASH* ... and soaked individual would come out cussing.

    You quickly learned to only use the porta johns that were staked down to the ground, cause if not, sometimes it would tip over mid-movement.

    We were pretty ruthless between patrols...:roll:
     
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    Some nice person would take the sandwich out of my lunch bag while I was in A and P school during the day. I got wise to the situation and made up a nice dog food, swiss cheese and mayo sandwich that I proudly placed in my lunch bag. Sure enough when I came back for lunch the "special" sandwich was gone and that was the last time a sandwich was missing out of my lunch bag.
     
  16. Mar 14, 2012 #56
    Re: Old timer pranks / shop jokes /Shredded Paper

    We had an office manager who was a serious practical joker.....like me. Anyway, he liked to take the material from the document shredder or the hole punch machine and put as much as he could into the back of someones battery powered wall clock. Then he would set the time a few minutes off.

    When the person would remove the clock from the wall, all the residue would fall on their desk or whatever was below the clock. He would put the stuff in cup holders turned upside down, just about everywhere. He did not take it well if some one played a joke on him though.
    One day a lady in the office got him back, and he went and got the catch can from under the shredder machine and walked past her cubicle and thru the whole contents over her wall........essentially making it look like it had snowed.

    The next day, we went out to his car and filled the area between the rear of his hood and the windshield with shredded paper. Since he drove his boss (our department head) to lunch everyday, as they left the parking lot the shredded paper began blowing up and across his windshield.

    The department head looked at him and said:"Paybacks are hell, aren't they?"
     
  17. Mar 14, 2012 #57
    Re: Old timer pranks / shop jokes / Slingshot

    Another thing our office manager liked to do was throw things over the office cubicle walls. He always had bottles of expired pills or something and would fling them in different directions. I mean this was an ongoing all the time thing with him.

    One day I took one of those hunting type sling shots to work. When he started heaving the pills, I stood up and shot a small piece of cantaloupe over his cubicle wall and it hit the office wall behind his desk. It hit with such force that the cantaloupe disapated into pure water.

    All he heard was a big "WHOP" against the wall behind him, and when he turned around water was running down his wall with no trace of where it came from. He couldn't figure out how that was possible........although he knew where it probably came from.
     
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    I had a supervisor who saved up a large amount of paper hole punches and placed them in an individual's umbrella. When h left for work and opened the umbrella, it was like winter in June! Lots of laughs and no damage done.
     
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    We would lift mechanics tool boxes and set them on the hangar wall purlins at lunch time. They would first start looking for a rolled away toolbox prank, hidden somewhere. Then they would get agitated going to the foreman. Foreman would come out of the office and say "I believe thats yours 15 ft up the wall" and go back in the office. The mechanic would stand there wondering how it got up there. Electric forklift of course was hidden. The same foreman asked a kid to check the voltage on a vortex generator; the kid spent 30 min in the maint manuals looking it up before he was stopped.
     
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    Back in the mid-1960's I was attending Burnside-Ott Flight Academy at the Opa Locka, Florida airport. I saw this.

    Although it wasn't a "Prank" or "Joke" done on purpose-the pilot of a Cessna 172 managed to make a Fool of himself all on his on:

    On the "Tie Down Ramp" at Opa Locka the Tie Down receptacles for the Wing Tie Downs were recessed below the pavement. The Tie Downs for the tail consisted of a cast CONCRETE "half-sphere" with an Eye Bolt coming out of it. I never picked one up, but I imagine they probably weighed 40 or 50 pounds each. These concrete half spheres were painted yellow for visibility.

    Anyway, one Sunday afternoon this idiot pilot untied the Tie Downs for his wings and got in his 172 and fired it up.

    He taxied out to the active DRAGGING THE TAIL CONCRETE SEMI-HEMISPHERE BEHIND HIS AIRCRAFT!!!

    He actually Took Off, dragging the semi-hemisphere up into the air behind his Cessna!!! He made one quick circuit of the pattern before landing again. When the concrete semi-hemisphere hit the runway, it pretty well shattered.

    MORAL TO THIS STORY: Always do a complete "Walk Around Inspection" before cranking up the engine of your airplane to go flying.

    P.S. Also, it wouldn't hurt to untie all the Tie Downs!!!
     

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