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Refrigerator Handle Switch Prank - Make a Fool Out of Your Coworkers!

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Ahh yes, the saga of the Squid Labs downstairs refrigerator...

It all started one day when someone decided that the refrigerator door should swing open from the right instead of the left. It was a reasonable enough assumption, the door would often get in the way as it was and opening towards the wall is far more practical than opening towards the middle of the already small kitchenette. So that person changed the hinges. It's a strait forward switch, the over-under refrigerator/freezer combo is meant to be modular in that way. It's got hinge bolts for both sides and everything.

The best part is when that person neglects to move the handle to the right side. It's like running a marathon until the last 100 yards and deciding "Eh, I made it this far....good enough." Or like a lot of French films. Why even try?

Anyways, at roughly the same time the person leaves the job unfinished with a technically working refrigerator but non-intuitive handle placement a comic shows up right smack in the middle of the fridge door. You've seen it before; the Far-Side comic where the "gifted" kid is pushing all his weight into the door that says "pull."

How ironic, right? All these scientists and engineers pulling with all their might on the fridge door that has the handle on the same side as the hinges. This shennanigans lasted for about a month. Apparently you get tricked enough times by the same stupid door you tend to get motivated.

The handle was switched to its rightful side of the door and everything was merry for about a month. Until today...

 
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ewilhelm6 years ago
Derin ewilhelm6 years ago
well everything does(does not mean to offend anybody)
makershaker053 months ago

haha

Wroger-Wroger4 months ago

Hallarious.......

Christ that is funny......

The surreal spatial dissonance...

Needs a "Push to open" sign.....

LOL

jimdkc3 years ago
Reverse hinges = good prank...

Cross-hinges = GENIUS!
I don't know if it's still considered genius if it's an accident. People wouldn't have considered Einstein a genius if he came up the theory of relativity by accident.
notwally2 years ago
I'm 51 years old and have been pranking and boobytrapping things for 46 of those years. 20 years in the military, plus some college. I held my own with some of the best and brightest pranksters in the world and have never seen this one.

Kudos! This is AWESOME!
Rishnai6 years ago
You have no idea ho hard I am laughing.
same here bud.
dave683 years ago
So, let's see - After about 5 (five) minutes my wife SHOULD get really frusterated... If I DON'T tell her, she'll shoot me, and if I DO tell her, she shoot me twice... Oh, well, it'll be worth it!! Dog house for me... Hilarious! man, and my friends, can't wait... :D
So how did that go???????? I thought about that too.... :D
She got a chuckle out of it...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndfWI6OHiMk
BtheBike dave683 years ago
good one dave68. hidden cam is a nice touch.
old_code dave683 years ago
Ah, the wife conundrum; know it well.

I think my treat would be a sound knee-capping, and then a swift kick in the family jewels.

But it would be worth trying this on co-workers, instead of family.
Maxaxle3 years ago
*evil laugh*
griddle3 years ago
I did this 25 years ago when we moved and needed to reverse the hinges to fit our new kitchen.We still have friends that could'nt open the door and laugh about it.
flamekiller3 years ago
Isn't it ironic that someone who works for a company that describes itself as a "do tank" admits to being too lazy to finish even 1/3 of a fridge prank job? :p
BtheBike3 years ago
Great White collar prank .
Any blue collar gig will have a tipped over refrig or a separated handle.
Not to mention ,the union rep with lawyer on tow =/
p.ingenhoff3 years ago
lol...super ;-)
i totally have that calendar!
CrazyB, great profile pic!!
CheeseMcGee3 years ago
Love this idea... just switched up the office fridge and setup a hidden camera - woohoo!
dave683 years ago
*EDIT Button missing*
I have a Moffat, so you just have to switch the hinges around, bc the holes are on the other side just for that purpose. No need for me to move the handles. And, the hinges are so small, they'll never notice, unless my astute kid points it out...
RoKuS5 years ago
I've been meaning to swap out my fridge doors for months now. I gotta do this and *not* swap the handles. Outa throw my daughter for a bit of a loop!!
Hey, and that calendar? Dang, but December 30, 2007 was my 50th birthday!!! awwwww......
royalestel7 years ago
Hah! You guys are funny with a capital Q!
What does q have to do with anything?
dont you get it? Q has nothing to do with it thats why its funny
reeding deansep6 years ago
exactly
ck016 years ago
That's great! Now I need to do figure out how to do this to the walk-in coolerwalk-in cooler at the restaurant where I work!
F1X0R6 years ago
James Randi has a similar thing on his front door
KD7WHQ6 years ago
To reverse doors, you start with the top hinge. To reassemble, you start with the bottom.. Just has to do with the way fridge doors go together ;) Two years in the appliance biz, so.. Otherwise, evil ;) I like it ;)
pyro86 years ago
this prank is awesome!!! that's all i have to say.
W8del46 years ago
great prank! im going to have to try this!
nature2236 years ago
the only problem arises... which way did they route the coolent pipes on assembly? maybe drilling new holes for the hinge will hit the pipes.. that is very funny though..
most refrigerators these days give you the ability to easily switch the doors to open one way or the other. also the coolant pips are on the back...
i wanna do this so bad but i know my parents will never let me also its past april fools
do it to your friend
lawizeg6 years ago
hahaa I got a laugh outta this. Nice one.
ScienceWiz6 years ago
That is totally horrible, I like it, very Devious... MWAAHAAAhaahaaa
Lindie7 years ago
Very funny!
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