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How to turn an office into the beach

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Last week Randy played a trick on the office when he was the only one at work. On Monday, when it turned out that Randy was working from home, Nate, Sarah, and myself decided to pay Randy back by turning his office into a beach.

It was meant to be a gift to him as much as it was a prank, since Randy's redecorating was fun at heart, and Randy actually likes the beach very much.

One Monday afternoon and 400 lbs. of sand later, Instructables HQ became equipped with one of the few things that we were missing - the beach.

Please note: many employers may find this behavior objectionable. Duplicate at your own risk. Nate, Sarah, and Noah are in no way responsible if you lose your job. Actually, to amend that statement, Noah will take partial responsibility if you lose your job. Seek retribution at 489 Clementina St. San Francisco, CA 94103.
 
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Step 1: Wait for a co-worker to pull a prank

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We all do strange things when left alone. Last Friday Randy was no exception.

Step 2: Remove all of their belongings and lay down some tarp

Before covering an entire office in sand, it's best to remove all of their valuable possessions and cover the carpet in tarps. This is especially so when the office happens to be occupied by an expert hacker whose valuable possessions could get damaged. This is also a good idea when you rent your office space and your landlord already thinks that you are crazy domestic terrorists running an intern brothel out of your website business front (seriously).
We do this every year at the childcare center where I work. 2000 lbs of sand on the classroom floor . We make a giant sandbox with tarps taped down to the tile and we have at least 2 parent helpers armed with brooms to keep the sand in the "beach". Add a few water play tables, let the kids make lemonade and ice cream, face painters, the works. It's our annual "Beach Day". The kicker is we do it in the middle of January and it all vanishes like magic before noon thanks to 20-30 parent helpers. When the party is over the sand is carted out to our outdoor sandbox on the playground.
kibukun4 years ago
OH my gosh, there's an orange flying saucer in that photo!!!
Oh I love that. Always pictured doing something like that in a sun room or something if I had one. Currently have a bedroom with bunched up beige carpeting that remind me of a sandy beach since it already has those ripples and or sand dunes. All I need is the palm tree.
Derin4 years ago
randy's possessions look...weird (check the link o.o)
foxtrot46975 years ago
"We blew up some balloons and drew faces, fins, hair and nipples on them to make them look more like fish." Classic
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hahaha i had to stop and read that twice to make sure i read it right. haha great stuff
Can I do this to my own bedroom? It's not carpeted, and I have been wanting to have a seprate room for the bed (I'm thinking about a hut in my room) Mabe I can even take out my closet, place my clothing in the hut, and just place a fake palm tree in, and use a hammok for my bed. Yep, I'm doing that. Thanks!
Dreamer8154 years ago
Fan-tastic!
tanmanknex4 years ago
Another prank to do would be if they like it, to take it away.

halo994 years ago
NIce! My brother did this to his office and its HUGE it even has those things you put in the fish tank to make currents and it looks like a real beach!
I would recommend putting a tub of water and towels next to the door so people can wash there feet of and dry..we put a little barrier on the bottom of the door so the sand won't come out...
Derin4 years ago
that robot has an angry look on his face...
Mplinnc5 years ago
Dude it's sweet! I'd be surprised to.
Halopwner855 years ago
now working at the office will be even more of a beach
Creative! You sparked a great idea for me!!!
superlefty5 years ago
This is the coolest thing I have ever seen. EVER.
noahw (author)  superlefty5 years ago
Don't I know you?
It's GorillazMiko.
bumpus5 years ago
Best. Instructable. Evar.
One of them at least. :P

Also, since when do fish have nipples?
Or can the rare boob fish only be found in Sarafan Ocean?
It's the rare and highly sought-after nipple fish. I'm not surprised you haven't seen one.
He's not allowed to look at any until he moves out of the house, which might be...nevar. But he does have a driver's license.
:P
trabeccas5 years ago
I love it!!
fwjs285 years ago
hrmm...seems interesting
cincygeek5 years ago
Great prank! We did this to a co-worker 11-12 yrs. ago for her birthday, sand and all. It turned out well, but since we were a cube-farm, the sand was soon tracked everywhere. Those of us who pulled prank came back that night and cleaned it up, including vacuuming pretty much the whole office so the normal cleaning crew wouldn't hate us. We also learned that covering a 20" monitor with blue cellofane so it looked like an aquarium was ill-advised...
I wonder how my uppers would feel about this. Perhaps the day I leave for a wonderful career in health promotion I'll turn the entire bookstore into a tropical paradise. And then give them guns and warn them about the Others. :D
LOL. I love that show.
SoapyHollow5 years ago
Oh man, that's priceless! Go team!
Lovely and relaxing, a good initiative for a beach home) office.
PKM5 years ago
we threw up a beach sign that was just provocative enough to make Randy feel uncomfortable.
Randy beach - clothing optional
That's extra double funny if you know the British English meaning of "randy" :)

And is that a hovering sombrero I see?

Pretty much everything in that room looks awesome, with the possible exception of the Malibu (can't stand the stuff).
caitlinsdad PKM5 years ago
I would have bet that Randy would have followed the directions on the sign and called their bluff. Things would have got ugly from then on...
Or would it technically be "calling their buff"?
I dunno if they are buff but yes, in the buff.
kelseymh PKM5 years ago
Malibu and pineapple juice, Nectar of the Ghods!
scoochmaroo PKM5 years ago
We do we do! That's why we named it Randy! Well, Randy's also named Randy, so there was that. . .
canida PKM5 years ago
The Malibu has been sitting around for nearly a year; decoration is a far better use for it than drinking it.
D: You haz dirty mind.
=SMART=5 years ago
Hahaha that looks great ! Very funny :p
:'D

Ya'll are hilarious!

Wait, fish have nipples? And hair?? MY BIOLOGY TEACHER LIED?!

Ha, I just today noticed Randy's shiny new badge. I bow to teh master of all. >Bows<
> fish have nipples? . You've never been to a clothing optional beach, have you? heehee