College is an exciting time in someone’s life. For many, it’s the first time away from home, for others it represents the beginning of adulthood. College can have as many meanings to as many people who attend it. For all, though, is the sense that it represents a watershed moment in the transition from child to adult. However, that watershed moment isn’t without fun and games of its own.
My own time in college was marked by a clear and constant drive to succeed. That success wasn’t necessarily academic or professional, rather it was a drive to administer some of the best pranks to my friends while avoiding their attempts at pranking me. In the world of pranking creativity may be king but a healthy dose of paranoia is queen.
Pranking one’s friends is an integral part to any college experience. As bout as much as the drinking games we used to play. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it can bring friends closer together. It forms lasting memories people will look back on long after most of college is remembered as little more than a blur in the scheme of one’s life.
Yes, Your Refrigerator Is Broken
One of my favorites from my college days was the time I poured mouthwash behind suite mate’s refrigerator. My suite mate was not particularly mechanically inclined and the mouthwash, since it was blue and on the floor behind his refrigerator, worried up. Helpfully I told him it was the coolant liquid leaking from the refrigerator’s coils. He took everything out of the fridge, unplugged it, and carried it down five flights of stairs to the garbage. Only after he returned did I tell him it was actually mouthwash. He wasn’t in a good mood after he lugged the refrigerator out of the dumpster and back up five flights of stairs. It was hilarious.
Unfortunately, not long after that, he mixed hair remover into my shampoo. The worst part, though, is that my girlfriend at the time used the tainted shampoo before I did.
During my sophomore year I lived in a seven person suite. One of my suite mates, he lived in the single, had a thing for saving every empty can or bottle he could find. His plan was to keep them all neatly stacked in their boxes in the garbage room until the end of the semester when everyone was tight on cash and then use the money from returning them for food and drinks. Great idea.
However, he had a bad habit of leaving his door unlocked and by mid October there was an absurd number of cans and bottles in the garbage room. One weekend while he was away visiting family the other guys I lived with and I went around campus collecting every empty bottle we could find. We even got them from some of the fraternity houses.
We took all these cans and bottles back to our suite and bagged them up in huge contractor garbage bags. We also bagged up all of his saved cans and bottles. By the end we had about seventy of these huge contractor bags stuffed with cans and bottles. They all got stuffed into his room.
When he returned to campus the next Monday, running late for class as usual, he went back to his room to get his books and instead found seventy leaking bags of cans and bottles. It took days to get rid of the smell.
Unwanted Haircut and My Come Up Ins
Which isn’t to say nothing ever happened to me. Remember that girlfriend I mentioned? I was getting ready to go home for Thanksgiving and was all packed up. I was supposed to be leaving the next morning. After I fell asleep that night she got her revenge for the shampoo in the hair fiasco by taking a pair of Oster 76 hair clippers and shaving a strip of hair from front to back out of the middle of my head. This indeed was not a haircut that I wanted but we laughed about it and moved on to the next chapter in our life. That is not to say that was the last time a haircut was given without immediate permission.
All in all college is a wonderful experience. Try to keep it as light hearted and fun as possible. One great way to do that is to prank your friends often but be warned, if you’re not always vigilant someone could prank you.