Introduction: "I Was Cupped!" - Cupping Prank

This is a classic prank that's easy and annoying as hell.  It was pulled on me a few years ago and I was pissed, but impressed.

In the following steps I will explain how to put together a water-based obstacle that will annoy anyone and everyone and add a few tips for making it really evil.

Step 1: Materials: Cups and Water

I recommend little Dixie cups because I find they make this most annoying, but any plastic cup will do, large or small.  You also need a water source (sink, bucket, bottled water, whatever).  Depending on the size of the area you're going to prank, you may need a lot of cups and a lot of water (i.e. you might have to spend some money).

Step 2: The Prank

Simply stated, fill each cup with water (about half-way is good) and place them close together on the floor of the area you'd like to obstruct.  The closer together, the better.  You should not be able to step between the cups (or at least not easily).  Your prankee should find the set up and look upon it in awe, then quickly switch over to annoyance when they realize they have hundreds of tiny cups of water to dispose of to get to their bedroom/office/bathroom etc.

Step 3: Tips

Though simple, this prank can take a while to set up, so make sure you have the time to pull it off.  If you're caught mid set-up, you'll probably be stuck dumping out the water and disposing of the cups while your prankee glares.  

Friends are helpful and so is a nearby sink.  An assembly line makes this move much faster.

Watch out for doors that open into your prank space and anything else that could knock over the cups.  The goal isn't for your prankee to open their bedroom door and take out two feet of cups.  You'd rather they to try to walk through the cups and THEN knock them over.  Or knock them over while cleaning them up.

Step 4: Tricks

Get creative!  Floors aren't the only surfaces that can be covered, anything that's relatively flat will do.  Cup someone's desk, car, kitchen table/counters, or closet floor.   Remember, the goal is extreme inconvenience!

Make designs or elaborate figures.  Add a prize to the mess (say in the middle of 6 feet of cups) to offset the prank if you want to be nice.

Step 5: Mean Tricks

If you want to be mean (and colorful) fill the cups with colored water or Kool-aid (or dye if you're really bad).  You could also fill the cups with something your prankee wouldn't want to dump down the sink (like good booze).  Of course this would increase the cost of the prank, but it might be worth it.

Prankee have a cat or dog?  Toss an animal into the mix and cups will tip.  

If you can time it, consider punching a pin hole in the bottom of some of the cups.  Leave them be or place a square of paper towel underneath to soak up some of the leakage.  In this prank, nothing says "panic" like leaking cups.

Connect a few cups with a piece of thread (taped to the bottom of the cups).  Your prankee will pick up one cup and empty a handful of them all over the floor.


pcanywii made it! (author)2013-06-14

you say its easy. its NOT!

zeratul_mega_freako_fans made it! (author)2012-10-07

i am going to do this ur awesome *5

the dashing hero made it! (author)2012-01-29

naboo fighter!


sparky131313 made it! (author)2011-09-25

You can also put grasshoppers or crickets under the cups. they are easy to catch and if your victim is afraid of bugs it is absolutely hilarious.

FrozenIce made it! (author)2011-09-17

wow...... ur evil......u deserve 5 stars.....

patridged made it! (author)2010-03-26

Staple the cups together at the top edges for a really evil setup!

ghicks1 made it! (author)ghicks12011-09-11

I've had this style played on me before, and if works great! Besides cleaning up each cup, you are forced to drain each one first!

Tomasauk made it! (author)2011-09-10

Three words:
Milk, Old milk

And set it up at night, while they are asleep, because you probably wont get caught.

lbruketa made it! (author)2011-09-06

i have an idea that could enhance this prank, tho it would take much more time. especialy for larger areas. Tie all the cups together in a web like patter, that way if any1 tries to step between or move them, they all dump their contents

brittain123 made it! (author)2011-07-20

i would just jump them and make little clearings by drinking the cups

Plo Koon made it! (author)2011-06-08

Truly evil. (Ha! Ha!) >=)

Plo Koon made it! (author)2011-06-08

Bathroom would be best, because the victim might try to drink their way through, and if not, the sight of all that water might cause them to have to go more. >=)

00JAMIEJOHNSON00 made it! (author)2010-04-14

if its a vinyl or concrete floor or something similar, use vegitable oil instead of water and watch them slide

Derek Vigil made it! (author)Derek Vigil2011-06-06

Thats awesome!

minioop made it! (author)minioop2010-11-30 thats mean

arpoky made it! (author)arpoky2010-08-11

That's cold...

opticalfx made it! (author)2011-04-05

Being a janitor working at a CC I want to point out that if anyone did this in the dorms I clean several things would ensue;
1: I'd be cleaning it up, not the student the prank was pulled on.
2:I'd would not be cleaning the bathrooms or taking out the trash that day because I'd be to busy trying to get all the crap up and out of the carpet
3:If no one stepped up and claimed it then the entire hall would be charged for the cost of cleaning/damages

All I'm saying is take a moment and think of who would actually have to clean it up.
And don't forget the janitor has control of the toilet paper.

legless made it! (author)2011-03-28

Frankly if this was done in my workplace I'd just go straight to the boss or call him if it impeded my work. If it was done on a concrete or tiled floor and the liquid caused someone to slip and get hurt, it could open up the employer to a lawsuit so someone's head would roll.

If nothing was going to be hurt by it, I would just walk (roll my chair in my case) right over them.

CyclonicNinja made it! (author)2011-03-24

if you know your Victim will have to cross the sea of cups within a few minutes of finishing. add glue or some liquid latex (latex gets stuck in fabric big time!) in some cups and add a tripwire so they will fall down.

kooldoode made it! (author)2011-03-14

hahaha i think this one works better with mouse traps, lolz less mess but still the same concept.

jake4a4 made it! (author)2011-02-20

Here are some things that help if you're an evil pranker.

-Fill the cups up almost completely instead of halfway. This will make cleaning it up tougher.

-Use fishing line to make a tripwire. When they're cleaning, they will trip and spill some, while landing on the rest of the cups.

-Put a drop of something clear and disgusting into each cup. When cleaning it, they may take a sip of the water (instinct) and be grossed out. Some good ideas are: Lime juice, Castor oil, etc.

-Fill the cups with something that stinks.

-Use duct tape to make a giant floor of cups. Make 2x1 cups, put 2 together, make 2x2 cups, put 2 together, make 4x2 cups, put 2 together, make 4x4, put 2 together, etc. untill you have a giant unit of cups which you can fill up with a bottle/pitcher.

-Think up yo own!

zours101 made it! (author)2011-02-11

cup the street!!

livi611 made it! (author)2011-01-15

i might just keep pouring the water into the cups(since they would only be half full) until i had a path. i could drink some too, but there would be too much of it.

FruitbytheFace made it! (author)2011-01-01

I would just kick them all down, make a big mess, then tell them that they put the cups there, so they can clean it up.

airsoftdominator999 made it! (author)2010-12-13

do it with elmers glue. MWAHAHAHAHA!!!

macmundi made it! (author)2010-09-11

Its not funny for whoever's gonna clean it up.

Thejellybellyguy made it! (author)Thejellybellyguy2010-12-10

yah it is

deliverer777 made it! (author)2010-11-28

I totally would have spider-crawled the walls. Go all ninja warrior on that hallway.

awesomeME2 made it! (author)2010-11-23


the_burrito_master made it! (author)2010-09-26

i like the idea of tying strings to a some of them that would be so frustrating.

patriots8888 made it! (author)2010-08-17


Hrafnafloki made it! (author)2010-08-08

you can also tie a string to the cups and hang tape them to the roof

Doctor Freeman made it! (author)2010-07-21

i wouldent care walk walk walk walk hey maid ill pay you 5 dollars to clean this up

sillyzombie666 made it! (author)2010-03-19

remember if your stupid enough to use dye or any thing that can stain odds are you will need to replace the entire carpet, rug, wood floor or the grout of the tiles

hazode made it! (author)hazode2010-03-25

Only if you're caught ;)

Trilby made it! (author)Trilby2010-03-25

 Damn straight

guineapigmaster138 made it! (author)guineapigmaster1382010-07-05

fo shizzle my nizzle !

yankee217 made it! (author)2010-07-04

try playing beer pong with this!

mo shuga fo yo pancakes made it! (author)2010-06-30

im going to do this in the bathrooms at my summer camp, and the mess hall if i can get in

ducktape.mac made it! (author)2010-06-19

why did you even comment about this if you knew that you didn't have anything nice to say and that you can get suspended from

Bert99 made it! (author)2010-06-01

if you fill the cups with something that will stain then they will get in trouble with their boss for staining the carpet.

KatLitter made it! (author)2010-05-25

its even better when you take string and loop it around the top of each cup, so if you trip the line it knocks a huge portion of the cups over.

nickpalmer789 made it! (author)2010-05-06


backscan made it! (author)2010-04-13

the second I read the part about taping strings to the bottom of them I had an idea. If you have the time to set it up you should tie the strings to the arms of set mouse traps. Set off 1 and you should get a good chain reaction going lol

redhedinsanity made it! (author)2010-04-13

It's "puerile," by the way.

burwuro made it! (author)2010-03-18

 What i have heard for a good idea would be to use string and pins and tie the cuts to the string and put it all around the room, (iv seen it where the cups are per curiously placed above shoes) So as they try to traverse the room, the water will either spill on them or their possessions. Quite an evil prank indeed.

Kaiven made it! (author)Kaiven2010-03-18

I was thinking that cutting the string ends the problem...
But you could carefully balance cups with the help of the string so that if they cut the string the cup(s) fall :D

ilpug made it! (author)ilpug2010-04-11

if this prank gets played on you, you can reverse it by painstakingly placing all the cups behind you and you can work you way through the mass of cups, and not leave the steup damaged, so more people can get caught. or in low light, you could make the mass of cups small enough for the target to jump, but put a nearly invisible string (fishing line?) on the place where they would land that would spill all the cups anyway... or put them on stairs. or if someone passes out at a party, drag them to the middle of the room and marroon them in a sea of cups...

ilpug made it! (author)2010-04-11

no. the more people hate on pranks, the better. pranks would have no effectiveness without opinionated people like you and me to play them on... keep up the good work!

ilpug made it! (author)2010-04-11

take a kiddy pool and fill it with water. place in a hallway or room. then at night, when the person shambles out of bed to have a pee, they will trip over the edge of the pool in the dark and land in the water, which will completely wake them up and piss them off to no if they REALLY have to pee, and all that water, them might just go before they reach the bathroom. the half-awake or sleep-walking mind can do many things. Also, if the person turns on the light and sees the pool instead of stumbling into it, they will still wake up fully and have to deal with it. good idea maybe in a place with alot of people and a shared bathroom, like a barracks, dorm,hostel,summer camp, etc. wait in the darkness near the pool, and when you hear a victem fall in, go fish them out, explain yourself, and have them wait in the dark with you to hear the next victem fall in. see how many you can get.

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