wasting Package Hoax for April Fool
The purpose of this Instructable is to describe my April Fool’s prank for my boss this year. My hope is that many of you can benefit from this idea and perhaps expand upon it.
The beauty of this prank is that, if executed properly, the victim will not realize they have been hoaxed for a long while and will be hard pressed to figure who duped them. especially when performed in the faceless environment of an office. Plus, it makes a delightful mess of their work space.
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Step 1: The Plan
This prank does not offer the visceral intensity of say, setting a bucket of water up top a door. It is however, just as immature. Furthermore, this hoax offers the slow burning satisfaction of watching your victim go through their day in complete confusion and allows you the opportunity to bold face lie them into further confusion.
The idea behind the hoax is simple: People love getting packages and would never expect an important looking package to contain nothing. Well, almost nothing.
Above you can see my drawn out plan:
A package absolutely stuffed with styrofoam packing peanuts is made to appear “important” and subsequently placed before your victim for their enjoyment. The box has been selected in such a way that after the victim opens the box, they will be forced to dump the contents into the nearest trashcan toexpedite the recovery of the “precious components”, which of course do not exist. Once they realize that they have missed these precious components, they will be forced to resort to rummaging through the trash like many a transient hobo before them.
After they give up (a few minutes perhaps), the victim may waste additional time by calling the company or sales representative that sent them the package to figure out what exactly is going on. Of course you will have made up said company or sales rep, furthering the confusion.
Meanwhile, you will be plugging away at your workstation like the diligent worker you are, only stopping for the occasional mind chuckle as you picture your colleague hunched over their trash can, elbow deep in styrofoam packing peanuts, sweating like they’re shooting for a 5 o’clock deadline. except that it’s only 10am.
Who do you think the superiors are going to promote for that new opening in management: the dishevelled, smelly, sweating kid who’s workstation is covered in paper bits and styrofoam peanuts? or you, fresh and proper plus, oh look at that. Obviously, any randomly appearing package will be initially met with suspicion effectively hindering the impact of the prank.
One way, I figure, to create importance for your package is to have your victim expect the package using interaction with a contact; a contact that you will invent.
Here I have drafted up a company letter from a sales representative to the victim. Of course everything about this letter is fictitious, as I have made up the company and the sales representative. Notice the mock up of a simple yet effective company letterhead and small details like notes in the footer, which add to theauthenticity. If you are not confident in making up a company, feel free to use an existing company that you know the victim does business with. This option is much more vindictive (see The Prank).
This letter also gives the opportunity to add subtle April Fool’s hints such as:
The company name “APRL” abviously sounds like “April”
The sales rep’s name: Abril Al Awal directly translates to April the First in Arabic.
To further add authenticity, I decided to run the printed out letter a couple times through the office fax machine to make it look as though it was faxed from the (fictitious) company.
Then you just stick it into the victim’s mailbox the night before or at the same time you drop off the package.