Office pranks are the best pranks.

Prank your coworkers by making all their copies come out with a paperclip placed on them. By replacing the paper try blanks with doctored paper that has paperclips already printed on them, your coworkers could have a mini meltdown looking for a paperclip on the copier tray that just isn't there.

This harmless prank is sure to frustrate your coworkers, and provide you with a few giggles. The best part about this prank is that it can easily be reset, ready to prank the next coworker!

Step 1: Place paperclip

place a paperclip on the glass of the photocopier. Most copiers need something on the bed in order to make a copy, place a piece of office paper over the paperclip.


<p>Too lazy to troll. Something something trees, something something business bottom line, something something counterfeiting. </p><p>Simple, effective, and innocuous prank. Excellent work.</p>
<p>Yeah. Terrifically funny for the co-worker who has to reprint the document - possibly several times if the suggestions to interleave the &quot;prank&quot; sheets are taken aboard. Even more terrifically funny for the co-worker if they are under stress due to a tight deadline and needs the unpranked document <em>now</em>. You may want to consider the reaction if your boss is the victim... Or, indeed, if <em>you </em>are the co-worker described above...</p><p>&quot;Pranks&quot; and &quot;practical jokes&quot; are usually are usually mean, often hurtful or embarrassing and sometimes dangerous. What's more, they are usually not funny to the victim (sic). When I was at school, all this was called bullying. Pranksgiving's &quot;<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Garbage-body-prank/" rel="nofollow">Garbage body prank</a>&quot; is harmless, but this paperclip &quot;prank&quot; certainly fits the bill.</p>
Wow, do you cry during comedy movies? Do you pray for rain on parade days? You are probably the least interesting person anybody knows. Grow up.
<p>Thanks for reading my comments epitts: it's always good to see that our comments are read! It's also good to get feedback on our Instructables (as we've all done with this one) both for and against, although reasoned statements are more valuable than personal attacks. </p><p>Please note Instructable's &quot;We have a be nice comment policy. Please be positive and constructive.&quot; This is at the bottom of every Reply window.</p><p>We look forward to when you've posted the first of your Instructables as you, like the rest of us, will undoubtedly have something you can demonstrate to the rest of us, rather than just trolling.</p><p>Cheers.</p><p>P.S. Nobody cries during comedy movies - what's to cry at? Ah, perhaps you're thinking of the ones where the brainless jock beats up a defenseless person half his size, so that the humour comes at someone's expense? No, I don't cry at those, but I must confess to smiling when the jock gets his comeuppance later in the movie. That's always good. :)</p>
<p>I envy your abilty to retain your cool.</p>
<p>Thanks Matthew! Gotta remember that epitts was just being a troll. With all his interests, it's a pity he hasn't posted any Instructables yet: he'd probably have some good stuff on &quot;Off-the-grid living&quot;.</p>
<p>every prankster has to consider their target/environment. at some workplaces, this could make life harder for people under pressure, at others, the boss might get in on it and have no problem with paperclips on all pages for that day. i have never had a job where this would result in someone getting hurt, embarrassed, or fired.</p><p>IMO the garbage body prank could have much more psychological damage than a paperclip.</p>
<p>I don't get why everyone takes this so seriously. Reprinting documents is NOT a big deal.</p>
<p>It is, if you don't like wasting paper and electricity. After all, trees do get felled to make paper, and fuel does get burned to produce electricity.</p>
<p>Meh, relax. Enjoy a slightly wastfull joke atleast once a year!</p>
<p>I would, if I didn't know how printing documents is handled in corporations. If ten people attend a meeting, every single one gets a printed copy of some tens of pages of reference material for each subject to be discussed. Nobody reads that, and most of it lands in the trash right after the meeting. Some paranoiac enterprises don't even recycle the paper - they burn it, for security reasons. It amounts to tens of thousands of pages printed and discarded a day, in large corporations. The paperclip joke would double that, at least. I hate it.</p><p>I'd rather put tooth paste on door knobs, fake dog poop or fake vomit on hallways, lock doors to toilets, draw traces of fake blood on walls in the cafeteria or in the toilet, switch sugar and salt in the sugar bowl/salt shaker, put some hot chili powder into the coffee machine, put fake corpses full of blood in elevators and so on. Still slightly wasteful, but not that much.</p>
<p>Would it be wrong to do the same trick with a condom?</p><p> Yes I did spend a lot of time in human resources mandated sensitivity traiing.</p>
<p>Would it be wrong to do the same trick with a condom?</p><p> Yes I did spend a lot of time in human resources mandated sensitivity traiing.</p>
<p>Instead of a paper clip, try this.</p><p>Write &quot;HELP I'M TRAPPED IN THE COPIER!&quot;, Write it with a Sharpie and write it backwards. Make copies and intermingle copies with the supply of copy paper. </p>
<p>YES YES YES!</p>
<p>You've set me chuckling!</p>
<p>I love practical jokes, and for a practical joke to be funny, it must be both practical AND a joke. If it causes a loss of life, limb, eyesight, property, or marriage, it isn't very practical. This one has inspired me to go to work on Monday and to print about a half dozen paper clip pages and distribute them through the ream and a half of paper that our printer/copier/fax holds in our office. This way, they'll be random and unpredictable. I can only imagine the stream of engineers that would be sent in to observe our printer/copier/fax machine to try to determine what is causing this problem in order to provide a solution. Engineers, awesome guys!!!</p>
<p>really nice prank, good reason to wast some other paper... a thing the world needs right NOW! :-)</p><p>If one only thinks how much paper is wasted in offices worldwide in useless copies possibly never read... how much energy and chemicals are needed to make it a decent white, the energy to actually make it and... finally the energy required to print, the worldwide business around it.... whoa!</p><p>Are there still trees to cut out there?</p>
<p>Wow can anyone remember that it is april 1st and we to have fun and not dump on the day or person,comment in a way where you are superior to all or try to make others feel guilty from your own personal views,grow up a be an adult and act like a kid once in a while you will find it rewarding</p>
<p>Exactly. </p>
<p>I'd just draw a paperclip in the copier's bed with a thin dark marker. The glass is pretty dark, the drawing would be pretty hard to spot, IMO. And it doesn't waste energy and cartridge life.</p>
Even better, put a normal paper clip in the printer somewhere for them to find so the print even more paper clip copies :)
<p>Great! Now we can kill even more trees for no productive reason!</p>
<p>Did you know that it takes 2.6 gallons of fresh water to manufacture one sheet of paper? I don't even drink that much water in one day! I like pranks as much as the next guy, but this to me just seems wasteful of natural resources. Let's start living in the real world, huh?</p>
<p>lighten up. you don't have to do very many of them for it to be fun. also, please cite your source for that statistic. it sounds suspect.</p>
<p>I took my information from this: </p><p><a href="http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/embedded-water/" rel="nofollow">http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environm...</a></p><p>You can easily compare different products to see how much water is used to make them. This interactive provides info for a 500-page notebook. I divided by 500 to get the per-sheet total. </p><p>As for the &quot;lighten up&quot; comment, I would reply - <em><strong>Wake up</strong></em>. Many people are way too far into a mindset where they don't consider the implications of their daily decisions. Sure, it's only a couple of sheets of paper. Or 40 sheets as one poster here suggested. But multiply that by thousands of hooligans and all of a sudden you've made a large (negative) impact on the environment. I love instructables because it's all about reusing and repurposing castoff items. I don't see that wasting natural resources really meshes with the community ideals here. Pardon me for caring. </p>
<p>I know that using paper for pranks is a waste, but pranks are okay to do every once in awhile, and just let it go, because you are going too far with this! At first, you were just reminding people of what a waste it could be, but now you're being rude, and you're starting to say things you probably wouldn't say to these people in real life. Please don't be a bully. Thank you!</p>
<p>I couldn't find a water footprint for paper on that site.</p>
<p>Oh, because the rest of the pranks don't waste anything? Time, paper, wood, plastics? This has got to be one of the least expensive pranks ever. Give it a rest.</p>
<p>The fact that other pranks do waste resources, doesn't make this any better; they are all wasteful. </p>
<p>Like I said above, pranks are not going to disappear, and this is relatively harmless. If you actually care about the earth so darn much, spend more time organizing electronic waste collections and cleanups and less time trolling internet forums.</p>
<p>Who's trolling? I don't really care about the paper. My original comment was in regards to this being a waste of<strong> freshwater</strong>, which is a limited resource that many people use without much thought. This is especially true when it comes to the<a href="http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/embedded-water/" rel="nofollow"> &quot;virtual water&quot;</a> that is used to make the products we consume. </p><p>I mainly wanted to encourage people to be more thoughtful about their environmental footprint. </p><p>You claim that &quot;human nature is constant and unchanging&quot; but I would argue that our patterns of consumption have been shifted toward a culture of disposability only in the last half of the 20th century. Before that time, people valued material goods and durability. </p><p>You (and others) might get some illumination from this video too. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM" rel="nofollow">(The Story of Stuff)</a> Or not - perhaps you're one of those humans who is dead-set on not changing. Either way, don't accuse me of trolling when I'm merely trying to make a positive difference in a world that sorely needs it. Thanks.</p>
<p>I guess that all depends on which costs you're including. It's hard to put a price on a planet. Small actions add up- are you making small positive changes, or are you trashing the planet one baby step at a time? It seems to me that some people here are really getting fired up over what started out as a fairly innocent comment. I was simply encouraging people to think about the greater impact of their decisions when they consider pulling a &quot;harmless&quot; prank. </p>
<p>I suggest you ground yourself back in reality. Humans will be humans, <br>for human nature is constant and unchanging. Understanding that, people <strong>will</strong> pull pranks, and this is relatively harmless. <br>Paper is a renewable resource, and often used as the standard for quick <br>bio-degradation. This doesn't even use much of it; a TPing with a single <br> roll of toilet paper uses a magnitude more resources. If you're looking <br> for a cause, try something more meaningful.</p>
then use Recycling Papet it saves Water, Energy and Trees don't have to be killed ;) (y)
<p>There is a problem with using recycled paper and printers/photocopiers, it shortens their life.</p><p>When paper is manufactured is has a long fiber and low friability, when paper is recycled the paper is pulverized and breaks those fibers into shorter lengths which causes the friable fibers to release from the surface of the paper and become embedded in the rubber of the pickup rollers as well as between the moving parts which causes them to fail, think of it as &quot;dirt in a bearing&quot;. </p><p>Think of the manufacturing costs and resources used in the manufacture of repair/replacement parts as well as their boxes, instruction sheets, invoices, record keeping related paper to all of those people who have the touch the part in the supply chain.</p><p>In my opinion recycled paper has no place in printers/photocopiers it is better suited for use in other types of printing, packaging, etc..</p><p>However if people insist on using recycled paper you can reduce the damage caused by using 94 and above brightness paper, high brightness paper is coated with a light refracting/enhancing material which does reduce the friability. However it still causes more damage than new paper.</p>
oh interesting things you tell me there. I never heard about that recycling paper is bad for printers... Please tell me where you got that information from... I never had a printer wich died because of fibers from recycled paper. The most printers i know came to the trsh because the Printer Head broke as a result of not using for a long time and high temperatures. Also I wonder why all the environment Organisations like Greenpeace etc. tell us to use recycling paper and also use it for their flyers even if it should kill the printers like you said. The only problem I know about recycled paper is that it isn't as stable as normal paper (because of shorter fibres) and that you cant use recycled paper to pack food because of old printing colors in it.
<p>I am an IT manager and have worked in numerous industries including a large printing company, it might be the industries I work/have worked print at a much higher volume, the places where I have worked that insisted on using recycled paper it wasn't uncommon to clean &quot;at least a handful of paper dust&quot; on a monthly basis from laser printers. The few departments that insisted on using recycled paper had consistent squeaky and noisy printers, pressure roller failures and pickup wheel slippage and jams while the others that did not use recycled paper had a significantly lower failure rates. I use databases to monitor and predict failures of equipment I'm responsible for, so I actually monitor printers (among other systems) here in the United States as well as in multiple countries that provides me hard numbers that what I say is correct. That being said, the green bar printers and dot matrix printers have had no measurable failures related to recycled paper. </p><p>There has been a social push or pressure on companies to have &quot;sustainability programs&quot; which includes a broad range of items everything from avoiding doing business with counties that &quot;violate human rights to how we deal with our trash and inks&quot; hence a lot of costs are ignored so the company can appear &quot;socially responsible&quot;.</p><p>My guess is that if you have a low print volume you may not experience an issue using recycled paper, however if you have a high volume of printing you will experience the downside of recycled paper.</p>
<p>Interesting, linuxxunil, do you think a more frequent cleaning regimen would have any impact on the printer failure rate? Do you know of any high-volume printer manufacturers who are designing printers to better deal with recycled paper?</p>
<p>A more frequent cycle would certainly ad to the effective life of the printer, unfortunately my access window is very narrow at this point. Then you also have to balance the cost of man hours versus just replacing the printer.</p><p>As far as high volume printing manufacturers for laser printing designed for recycled medium? I don't know of any. </p><p>It is confusing to the consumer because now most marketing collateral for printers even recommend using recycled paper. </p>
<p>You can plant new trees - that's why they are a Renewable resource. </p>
oh of course you can plant new trees. I also have a pellet heat at home... But if I buy pellets i care about where the pellets come from and if they plant new trees for the old ones. If you buy Paper normaly the companys don't plamt new trees or even worse the wood comes from the rainforest. It is impossible to replant a Rainforest.
<p>Actually I live in central Wisconsin with several paper plants in the area (and lots of friends that work for said plants). They do replant when they harvest. They do so because they specifically want long fiber species.</p>
<p>And regrowth forests are so much easier to harvest. Many logging companies will plan and plant their &quot;forests&quot; like farmers plant grain crops... it just takes longer to grow a &quot;ripe&quot; crop...</p>

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