Picture of Time-wasting Package Hoax for April Fool's Day
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

Picture of 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 to expedite 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... you finished that assignment on time because you didn't have a stupid empty box to deal with all morning?
That's right, this prank is also the first step to a better you.
That´s what I call a nice office prank!
Mrdewdew2 years ago
Cant wait to do this, putting a bunch of fishing weights hidden inside of it, a bunch of strofoam things, and one paper clip! Thanks!
winterfresh3 years ago
Devious and brilliant! Hope you win!
Beanie103 years ago
This is hilarious! How did your boss take it?
butterbeans (author)  Beanie103 years ago
he spent about 10 minutes with it in his office, then came out and asked the secretary, who obviously had no clue.
she was then instructed to contact the company. too perfect.
2 for 1!
triple_d3 years ago
very funny, glad to have the key to a better me!
oneye3 years ago
love the creativity and complexity of the prank.
puzka3 years ago
Classic! Gets my vote. The only change I would make is to have 'April fool' printed on the back of the waybill or inside the bottom of the box where it will eventually found. But it depends how much you want to annoy the victim €=)
tootsybean3 years ago
Everyone else's pranks are pretty much slap-stick comedy, while this humor is definitely more subtle.

Unfortunately, I don't think too many are going to get your brilliance.
But I do.
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice one!