April Fools Mouse Prank

Introduction: April Fools Mouse Prank

About: WHY SO SERIOUS?

Ever wanted to piss off a teacher, parent, or anyone else who is computer illiterate. Well now you can!!

By the way this is not only my first instructable but my entry into the April fools Contest.

Step 1: What to Do

Most modern day mice are use a laser to detect movement. All you have to do is take a sticky note or piece of tape, and then cover the laser. It's that simple

If the mouse is an old school ball mouse, turn it upside down, and the ball will drop to the inside of the mouse. Then just cover the hole with a piece of tape.

Make sure to right down April Fools on the tape or whatever!

Step 2: The Reaction

People will freak when their mouse mysteriously doesn't work! It's amazing, I did this to a bunch of my teachers last year, and they flipped out trying to find an unplugged cord or something thats wrong with the computer. Some will think that their computer is even frozen.

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    26 Comments

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    wesleyzhang40201
    wesleyzhang40201

    3 months ago

    doesnt work anymore on modern mice today. now its all optical

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    platniumdr
    platniumdr

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This isn't nearly devious enough. Everyone expects tape or something similiar on the bottom. But to really drive someone insane you:
    1) place a clear piece of tape over the sensor opening
    2) trim it with a razor so it looks completely organic
    3) poke the tape with a needle once
    This causes enough laser light to reflect so that the mouse moves, but it's incredibly jerky and unusable. They'll be cussing, unplugging, replacing batteries, restarting, etc etc, and every time they look at the bottom of the mouse they can't tell it's been tampered with. I've done this numerous times with outstanding success :D. Enjoy!

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    Sparkyrob
    Sparkyrob

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I just tried it. Aparently that does not work om my new logitech mouse, the laser sees right through it.

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    acabrera7
    acabrera7

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    ur mouse is probably one of those Performance Laser ones. platiumdr was probably talking about the  ones with the light. not the ones that uses no light

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    VirtualBoxer
    VirtualBoxer

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, laser mice do use visible light. You can sometimes see a tiny red light. The reason you made that mistake is the same reason that many companies call it Invisible Optic.

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    VirtualBoxer
    VirtualBoxer

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Not for me, although I used magic tape instead. My LED mouse completely bypasses it, but it gives an effect for my laser mouse.

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    qmounts
    qmounts

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    this is the better way, i did this to two of my teachers on april fools day and they both turned the mouse over and noticed it :(
    but also i looped a peice of tape so it was sticky all around and put it on the hearing end of his phone and when he picked up his phone with another tacher on the line he said what the f*** under his breath :DD!!!!

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    grundisimo
    grundisimo

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Or, if you're super dedicated you could steal their mouse and unsolder the Data connections from the inside. Keep the power connection so the laser still turns on though.

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    VirtualBoxer
    VirtualBoxer

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I don't know about that. Most LED mice don't turn the LED on unless they have an actual connection with the PC (except for wireless ones). You'd have to install a microcontroller set up to sync with the mouse so it lights up.

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    junkhacker
    junkhacker

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    it's actually much easier then that. If you put a strip of paper in the mouse's usb plug so that it covers the middle two pins, most mice will light up but not do anything. I've done that before.

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    ElvenChild
    ElvenChild

    10 years ago on Introduction

    you cant do this to a laptop or an apple magic trackpad

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    adi angelo
    adi angelo

    10 years ago on Step 2

    boring old school trick.............5 years ago......nothing new here!!!

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    acabrera7
    acabrera7

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    read the comments! there's a bit of variation to this instructable!

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    survivorwolf
    survivorwolf

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Another great Prank is take a wireless usb mouse and plug it into the victims computer and when ever they try to use their mouse use yours to interfere click random things open or close thing down or if you do it to a teacher that uses power point to teach advance the slide show randomly

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    Mr911S
    Mr911S

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I have a wireless mouse so need to turn it over to turn on so that trick would not work on me and I doubt that you could put clear tape or any thing over the lens with out being noticed.

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    graphak
    graphak

    10 years ago on Introduction

    my coworker did this to me and I looked twice at the bottom, not noticing the tape and only looking to see that the laser was on. nice one.

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    chamster
    chamster

    10 years ago on Step 2

    I SO have to play this on my little bros! they'll freak out!

     this is a good one! I don't like pranks that are destructive, and the best ones are when they prank themselves. well done!