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Need A Few Post-Its Around The Office?

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the you-sure-do dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 393

An anonymous reader writes "Like every company, we have an office prankster. So, whenever anything goes wrong -- say, your chair starts making unusual noises or your CD tray starts popping out for no reason, invariably you'll look up and see Dave, our esteemed leader, grinning foolishly at his handywork. So really, Damon shouldn't have been surprised when he came into the office one otherwise-normal Monday morning to find this. Nor should James have been surprised when he showed up early one morning to this birthday surprise. It certainly keeps us on our toes." Ah, the joys of not telecommuting ...

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Site down. Google cache here. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926838)

goatsex diagrams are a kind of musical score for goatsex. a sequence of 'before' and 'after' pictures that allow goatsex designers to record and distribute their designs, and craft goatsex to reproduce the designs for themselves. [pussie.tk]

Each picture is numbered to show the sequence in which they should be read. Sometimes the pictures are arranged in rows so that they can be read in sequence from left to right across the page in the same way that you read a book, but more usually they are arranged in a less formal way in steps, curves or even spirals, so you need to take care to follow the sequence properly.

The 'before' pictures are marked with folding symbols that show you which part of the paper moves during the fold, where it ends up and where the crease will form. The 'after' pictures show you what the paper will look like once the fold has been made.

The secret of reading diagrams is to always look one step ahead. If you know what the result of the fold should be before you start to make it you are much more likely to get it right first time.

Sick trolls (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926852)

The trolls around here are getting worse

You haven't seen anything yet (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927097)

Oh, we'll get much, much worse...

Extollo hfis vestrum validus rex! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927098)

I need a few post it notes around to office. I am your king, bitch.

Hail the GNAA!

XXXXXXXXXXXXX-------------XXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXX-------------XXX
------------------XXX-------------XXX
------------------XXX-------------XXX
------------------XXX-------------XXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX-------------XXX----------
XXX----HFIS---XXX----------
XXX-NOSTRUMXXX----------
XXX-----REX---XXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX------------XXXXXXXXXXXXX

EXTOLLO HFIS NOSTRUM REX
HFIS VALIDUS!
HFIS POTENS!
HFIS INFLAMMATIO!
HFIS VESTRUM REX!

Please try to keep posts on topic. Try to reply to other people's comments instead of starting new threads. Read other people's messages before posting your own to avoid simply duplicating what has already been said. Use a clear subject that describes what your message is about. Offtopic, Inflammatory, Inappropriate, Illegal, or Offensive comments might be moderated. (You can read everything, even moderated posts, by adjusting your threshold on the User Preferences Page) Please try to keep posts on topic. Try to reply to other people's comments instead of starting new threads. Read other people's messages before posting your own to avoid simply duplicating what has already been said. Use a clear subject that describes what your message is about. Offtopic, Inflammatory, Inappropriate, Illegal, or Offensive comments might be moderated. (You can read everything, even moderated posts, by adjusting your threshold on the User Preferences Page)lololol i agree kekekekekeek ^__^

WHAT THE FUCK WITH THOSE MS ADS ?! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926865)

What the hell are those MICROSOFT ads doing in the stories ?! For God's sake, most people on Slashdot think MS sucks in a way or another and the editors seem to agree, and still there are MS "Get The Facts" anti-Linux FUD ads embedded in the submissions ?! This is so very ludicrous...

I thought about registering a couple of weeks ago but now with that rampant nonsense, you can kiss one potential contributor goodbye. I just hope you'll ban Microsoft adverts from Slashdot as soon as possible, as a matter of coherence and honesty.

MDO PARENT UP!!!!!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926980)

Micro$haft is teh suck!!

blerk (1)

Rectal Examination (711652) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926940)

No wonder... (5, Funny)

Da Fokka (94074) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926840)

NOW I see why outsourcing to India is so much cheaper...

Re:No wonder... (-1, Troll)

torpor (458) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926874)

Riiiight ... coz in Soviet India, Cowpat Post-It stick on You!

Re:No wonder... (4, Funny)

kmonsen (606584) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926967)

Maybe this is a new web site stress test. Post a story on /. with at few pictures and see if it can handle the load.

Quite well is the answer here.

You Bastard (5, Insightful)

ishmaelflood (643277) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927090)

I was going to say that.

I must confess that when I visited my American colleagues I was, to put it mildly, nonplussed by their relaxed attitude to actually doing any f'ing work at all while at the office. They have a nice canteen, great Internet access, big cubicles, we had to book ahead for lunch at the local restaurants... AND /they/ get a bonus for Christma

No wonder we get the contracts. And six weeks off a year.

First Post-It! (5, Funny)

LooseChanj (17865) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926842)

'Nuff said.

Re:First Post-It! (5, Funny)

Steamhead (714353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927002)

I do balieve this man had the first post [3m.com] -it

extollo hfis nostrum validus rex!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927088)

I need a few post it notes around to office. I am your king, bitch.

Hail the GNAA!

XXXXXXXXXXXXX-------------XXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXX-------------XXX
------------------XXX-------------XXX
------------------XXX-------------XXX
------------------XXX-------------XXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX-------------XXX----------
XXX----HFIS---XXX----------
XXX-NOSTRUMXXX----------
XXX-----REX---XXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX------------XXXXXXXXXXXXX

EXTOLLO HFIS NOSTRUM REX
HFIS VALIDUS!
HFIS POTENS!
HFIS INFLAMMATIO!
HFIS VESTRUM REX!

Please try to keep posts on topic. Try to reply to other people's comments instead of starting new threads. Read other people's messages before posting your own to avoid simply duplicating what has already been said. Use a clear subject that describes what your message is about. Offtopic, Inflammatory, Inappropriate, Illegal, or Offensive comments might be moderated. (You can read everything, even moderated posts, by adjusting your threshold on the User Preferences Page) Please try to keep posts on topic. Try to reply to other people's comments instead of starting new threads. Read other people's messages before posting your own to avoid simply duplicating what has already been said. Use a clear subject that describes what your message is about. Offtopic, Inflammatory, Inappropriate, Illegal, or Offensive comments might be moderated. (You can read everything, even moderated posts, by adjusting your threshold on the User Preferences Page)

This is news? (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926843)

Also:
s/handywork/handiwork

Re:This is news? (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927069)

>s/handywork/handiwork

um, no.

Time on your hands (1)

farghen (759198) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926848)

Wow, and your boss doesn't mind all this wasting of time?

Re:Time on your hands (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926868)

"So I came in on the weekend and did some 're-decorating' in his office."

Re:Time on your hands (5, Insightful)

SmittyTheBold (14066) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926872)

1) Wasn't done on work time, at least not creating the messes. The clean-up wasn't so bad for the balloons, evidently. Can't eb so sure about the Post-Its.

2) A good manager sees the value of good clean fun, and knows that it can be a morale booster in moderation. Happy workers == productive workers.

Re:Time on your hands (5, Funny)

lewp (95638) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926900)

I find that the ol' gun to the head makes my employees much more productive than any amount of "fun".

Re:Time on your hands (1)

Da Fokka (94074) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926945)

Plus, it can actually be a lot of fun for the manager, which of course has a vary hard job and low morale as well

Re:Time on your hands (2, Funny)

desplesda (742182) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926901)

And what boss is going to complain about three new cases of post-its?

Re:Time on your hands (1, Funny)

peragrin (659227) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927007)

i always thought that the Patio Set, and gas grill that we can use whenever we want would be enough.
build a long Telephone line, and I can spend 2-3 hours outside for lunch if I get lucky enough.

Re:Time on your hands (1)

Albin42 (773034) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926897)

Now the boss really know who to downsize next time because theese guys doesn't seem to have enough work to do =)

Re:Time on your hands (2, Funny)

DZign (200479) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926904)

Hey they're even asking for ideas so the boss can do something back to them..

My suggestion: be very creative with superglue.
There's nothing superglue can't solve :-)

Re:Time on your hands (1)

B747SP (179471) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926984)

There's nothing superglue can't solve :-)

So you're telling me superglue is like perl? OK then... fair enuff...!

Re:Time on your hands (5, Insightful)

PlatinumInitiate (768660) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926907)

Bosses who don't allow it usually find themselves with companies that fail. Sure, workers should be productive, but if you as an employer try and make the workplace into something too rigid and constraining, your employees will be demoralized and will not function as well as in a more relaxed enviroment. I know that you might be thinking of a company which is at the other end of the spectrum - where very little work is done, and it's true that that is not a desirable situation. The truth is, though, that the optimum level lies somewhere inbetween.

You have to allow a certain amount of goofing around, you have to arrange company braais (BBQs for you American folks), go-karting, bowling, golf, horse-riding, etc. What you want is for your employees to get along with you and with eachother. If you don't allow that to happen, your employees will either not care about what they are supposed to be doing, or try in vain to do what they are supposed to be doing in an enviroment that they hate. Noone wins.

Now a whole lot of people will say: "But the employer has the power! They can outsource! Your job is not safe! As an employee you have no right to complain!". That's true, to a certain extent. But remember: If an employer was thinking of outsourcing, it probably wouldn't make a difference how well you were or were not performing, the key factor to companies that outsource is saving money and increasing profit margins at all costs. They will learn in time that quality products do make a difference, however, and will be back at square one. I've dealt with outsourcing first hand, and there are pros and cons to it, like with anything. In reality, what most companies will probably end up doing is outsourcing things that make sense to outsource, and bring things that make little sense to outsource back to the physical office. So that "but you'll be outsourced" argument goes out the window.

As for people having no right to complain and being forced to be happy that they have a job at all, this might be true for a lot of people in the current economy, but it still doesn't mean that slave-driving will produce good results. You'll end up with an employee-base that really hates working at the company, and every time you fire someone and get someone new in, the same thing will happen. They will start detesting their working conditions and perhaps even deliberately go on go-slows or worse.

Both employers and employees have to find a balance in the work enviroment. Employees must understand that they can't party at work and goof off for 6 hours a day, and employers must understand that trying to impose draconian rules and policies will not benefit them in the long run.

Re:Time on your hands (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926948)

Wow...eloquent, thoughtful, and well-reasoned response! Exactly why no manager will understand it.

Re:Time on your hands (5, Interesting)

KlaymenDK (713149) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926951)

Some companies actively encourage it.

Where I worked a few years ago, we had something called a 'friday meeting' the 1st friday of every month. A colleague of mine got severely ridiculed because he thought it wise to bring a pen and some paper for his first attendance --- which was about playing hockey in one of the empty studios. On other occasions we've been out go-carting, and even to a grand casino (complete with free pool-side buffet).

Sure this costs the company money, but they do get return value for it.

Indian programmers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926986)

have none of these requirements or costs. I suggest you update your CV as soon as possible.

Re:Time on your hands (4, Informative)

sir_cello (634395) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926999)


No one has mention that there are downsides: if someone is hurt in a workplace practical joke, then the employer is liable. So it's good to have fun, but be sensible and play it safe :-).

The two pranks listed in this article are fine, but you need to be aware of the danger.

Generally, (a) keep the pranks and humour safe and non-dangerous, watch out for anything that could be considered offensive, (b) if it's a large scale prank, make sure you have some "informal" chat with people (say, your supervisor) before hand just to get a verbal indication that it won't cause any problems. Your supervisor may tell you that the global CEO is going to be in the office that day so you might want to try your prank the next day :-).

Some pranks I have experienced that don't work well: (a) giving people supposedly "funny" birthday presents (a vibrator), taken the wrong way and employee was really quite offended, (b) publishing prank photographs on internet newsgroup that also included a couple of shots that a person considered offensive. I don't think there were any legal issues in these cases, but it quickly turned from fun into a problem.

The Daily Stress Reducer (2, Funny)

87C751 (205250) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927081)

Around my office, we have a tradition as well. At 12:00:05, the MOHAA server comes up and we spend our lunch hour chomping sandwiches between rocket attacks. Great fun, and the looks on the faces of the unaware are priceless. "Going out for lunch? No, thanks. I'm going to kill some co-workers."

Jawesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926855)

We need more fun things to do at the office. :)

hey slashdotters (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926858)

Senetor Chuck Hegel says it may be time to fire up the draft! [yahoo.com]

Of course they probably won't do until after you reelect Bush, it would be political suicide before the election.

But after November the coast is clear and we can fire up the draft!

I mean you supported the war didn't you?! Well now you can REALLY show your support! By going to Iraq and fighting! Isn't that great! It's like a dream come true now all the hawks that wanted this war so bad will actually get to go fight it!

Oh ya, and they will be coming for the unemployed people first so get ready! Who knows after you risk life and limb rebuilding Iraq your corporation that you work for will outsource your job to Iraq! Sweet! Free trade rocks!

Yay, free markets! Yay, War!!!

Re:hey slashdotters (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926911)

I just love how the Senators are marketing it as a move towards "equality." The middle class and lower class are serving, so a draft would get upper class to serve too. Yea, as if that makes it all okay. We all know Senators and rich executive's children won't be serving.

Peanuts are better!!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926863)

http://www.do-not-sleep.com/images/priceless.jpg

Re:Peanuts are better!!! (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926935)

for those who want a link (my conscious tells me to click post anonymously) priceless [do-not-sleep.com]

Re:Peanuts are better!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926969)

Thank you Mr. Coward. I have just been way to busy downloading p0rn to learn how to post a live URL.

Re:Peanuts are better!!! (1)

Ann Elk (668880) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926996)

Let me guess -- there's a computer buried in there somewhere, and you're stress-testing it's ability to withstand static discharge?

actually (1)

PhuckH34D (743521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926866)

wel actually, I kinda like it...

The boss.... (5, Funny)

api_syurga (443557) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926869)

Boss : Uhh Dave, what was the quotation from India
again..?

Dave: ....uhh I got it on a postit somewhere..

Boss : ........

The Third and Final Prank (5, Funny)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926880)

Yup, Bill*, the network guy, is sure going to be surprised when he comes in this morning and finds that he's been thoroughly slashdotted! Post-It notes, balloons, HTTP GET....

*Simulated employee name

Re:The Third and Final Prank (5, Funny)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926966)

I take it back, after an initial hiccup, the site seems to have stepped up to the plate!

Is there a big red button in the server room, labeled "BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF SLASHDOT" or something?

Re:The Third and Final Prank (2, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927079)

Actually we have one of those big knife switches. Right next to the Jacob's ladder that regulates the power in the room.

Re:The Third and Final Prank (1)

Phexro (9814) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927045)

I've always wanted a 104 Connection reset by peer for my birthday!

Post-its everywhere (4, Funny)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926881)

Now try finding the one he stuck under his desk that has his admin password on.

Re:Post-its everywhere (4, Funny)

bender_is_great (718328) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926941)

Uhhh.....shouldn't it be under the desk where he left it??

People have tooo much time on their hands.. (5, Interesting)

theirishman (749404) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926882)

I use to work for HP and they were no fun.. :( and any messing and you were out.. - well I live in the EU so it not that easy to fire me. :) but my employer before HP saw that sort of messing good fun as long as the work was done and noboady or anything was dammaged... I think its realy important to have a good laught in work it helps keep the stress levels way down... is that why I am starting my own business.. ?

Re:People have tooo much time on their hands.. (1)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927084)

Nah. You are starting you own business because despite the risks it is a safer bet than working for any major corporation in the world.

And that's not to say working for yourself is a safe bet at all.

payback (4, Funny)

Leffe (686621) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926885)

He was a great sport about it and is currently planning his pay back... :)

Seems like he chose /.ing the server :) The admin won't like this ;)

Darn (2, Funny)

locknloll (638243) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926886)

...obviously the ./ crowd has killed another site. Just when I found the "Free scripts for your web site" section. Boo!

Re:Darn (1)

akaiONE (467100) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926905)


Isn't that kind of the whole point with posting urls at slashdot?

I remember someone like that (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926887)

We attached bungee ropes to his swivel chair, and arranged it so that when he sat down, he'd go whizzing across the floor.

It was really funny when he went through the window, landed, and went whizzing down the road.

Re:I remember someone like that (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926953)

Yeah, and while you were watching out I bungied from the ceiling and whizzed in your coffee!

another prank (0, Redundant)

PhuckH34D (743521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926891)

they pulled another prank [interactivetools.com]

This the next joke? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926893)

A massive bandwidth bill and website offline for a while :)

Payback Part 2 (4, Funny)

andrewa (18630) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926898)

Wonder if he's also planning payback for having his email inbox full of spam after having it posted on the website?

Another David Brent (2, Insightful)

CleverNickedName (644160) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926908)

Am I a humourless drone, or is this guy just a twat?

Building morale is one thing, annoying others for your own entertainment is another.

Re:Another David Brent (5, Insightful)

simon_aus (649753) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926944)

I vote yes.

For a colleagues farewell I once had all 6 external auditors blowing balloons to fill his office to the roof. We then over-decorated the entire floor. Sure we was embarrassed (marginally) but the entire staff had a great time and the target was flattered we went to the effort.

Unfortunately I had to work all weekend to meet board schedules!

Repeat after me, harmless office pranks build teams! - They also build relationships

Re:Another David Brent (1)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927095)

Repeat after me, harmless office pranks build teams! - They also build relationships

Slashdot Personals:

The 5 things I can't live without: my whoopie cushion, my finger buzzer, my seltzer bottle, my copy of "Practical Jokes ON Dummies", and my pile of fake barf.

Bruce Almighty (5, Interesting)

tantalus (466821) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926912)

Those post-its remind me of a scene from the movie "Bruce Almighty" about an hour into the film. Bruce decides to 'hear' all the prayers in post-it note form and the result puts James and Damon to shame. It's interesting how striking a common office/household item can be when displayed in large quantities like that.

Hehehe (5, Informative)

Steamhead (714353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926914)

That is awesome, got to love your friends eh :) Reminds me of that friend that covered his friend's apartment in tinfoil.

Um yeah here is a mirror if the wrath of /. gets to them.
http://catsdorule.torpedobird.com/slash/dam ons_off ice/
http://catsdorule.torpedobird.com/slash/jame s_offi ce/

They will put the new PostIts to good use ... (1)

gregduffy (766013) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926917)

... when they start having to use them to pass along their website instead of HTTP.

Cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926918)

They didn't even write notes on them...

Re:Cheap (2, Funny)

Polkyb (732262) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926958)

Yeah... They could have at least gone down to accounts and stamped 'Received' on them all

Reminds me of a suprise 40th Birthday party we had for a friend of mine... He was suprised, because it was held in October and his birthday wasn't until March... He was more suprised because he was only 34...

:-)

Dnonald Duck (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926922)

Is this as funny as Donald Duck's SCREAMING SQUIRMING ORGASM that he is having as he stares at D4ISY DUCK pr0n right now??? OMG agwfawf waf

Refreshing change. (5, Insightful)

boris_the_hacker (125310) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926927)

Sometimes you drink something because you are thirsty. It doesn't matter what it is, but every now and then you will drink something and it'll taste just right, and you will feel good.

This is one of those drinks, well story, that puts a smile on your face.

With all the cr*p that goes on in the world, it is great to see that there are people who get the job done but also have a good laugh doing so. People are too serious. It's good to have practical jokes and people that appreciate them for there good clean simply fun :)

Good choice on story.

Re:Refreshing change. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926989)

Are you gunning for Insightful with this? Seriously, dude...this is lame. You're trying to get that hazy, far-off look with a tear in the corner of your eye...FACE IT, the story is about somebody sticking post-it notes on stuff! Nothing more, nothing less. It doesn't need anyone trying to make it into some kind of sentimental vignette.

Re:Refreshing change. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927089)

Well, are you the bitter man, or what?

Re:Refreshing change. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927096)

Well I personally thought that the original post was a point well made.

Society is getting to be a seriously depressing place to be of late - the news is ALWAYS bad, more death in Iraq, more crooked corporations, and more people trying to sue each other for their own stupidity.

A bit of light hearted fun like this makes for a welcome change once in a while.

New business plan? (5, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926934)

Update: Sunday, March 21nd, 2004

We shared our story with 3M, the makers of post-its, and they must have got a kick out of it because they sent us 3 cases of post-its "for future decorating".


Aha! The missing step revealed:

1. Decorate office with products from Corporation X
2. Take pictures of said decorations
3. ??? = Send story and pictures to Corporation X
4. Profit! (as Corporation X sends you free product)

I suspect in a few months we'll hear a new story. Damon gets revenge on Dave by stapling a yoga mattress to every surface of his office. They share the story and ACME Yoga Mattress Co. responds by sending three trucks filled with yoga mattresses. Dave quits his job, sells all of them, and becomes the newest dot-calm millionaire. (Oh, you knew the punchline would be bad!)

Re:New business plan? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927000)

...and don't forget to submit it to slashdot.

It's easier than that. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927058)

If you write a company a letter, particularly a semi-deranged letter (see any book by Don Novello) they'll send you something.

Then there was the story of the guy who bought a bag of M&M's and squished them together eating the ones that broke, and sent the last one back to Mars (I think) as it was the champion and to be used in M&M breeding or something random.

If you actually generate a kind of good publicity for a company that sells a high margine product, like oh soft drinks or post-its, they'll likely go a little farther.

Go to Utah, throw a party near Brigham Young involving sharpies, post-it flags, white trash paper-clip necklaces, red 100% fuzzy cotton "Swingline" boyshorts(?), grain alcohol and quality control for the hot young mormon girl bodies, and put that crap on the web, Wild On, or Bthere tv, you'll be able to start an office supply chain.

The more I think about that the better that idea sounds.

Re:New business plan? (1)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927107)

suspect in a few months we'll hear a new story. Damon gets revenge on Dave by stapling a yoga mattress to every surface of his office. They share the story and ACME Yoga Mattress Co. responds by sending three trucks filled with yoga mattresses. Dave quits his job, sells all of them, and becomes the newest dot-calm millionaire. (Oh, you knew the punchline would be bad!)

Do you think that would work with high-end electronics?

google caches (3, Informative)

beoch (678420) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926938)

PostIts [google.com] and Balloons [google.com]

Friends wrap Chris Kirk's apartment in foil (5, Funny)

alanxyzzy (666696) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926960)

Everything in his apartment [theolympian.com] is wrapped in alumium foil, except for a copy of Penn and Teller's book "Cruel tricks for Dear Friends".

Something ... (1)

cs02rm0 (654673) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926961)

... like this [plus.com] might be worthwhile for that office!

A great tradition continues. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926963)

Ah, the office prank. Best one I ever saw is still the glitter trap.

Example: joke subject sits at a desk, pulls out a drawer. A string runs from the back of the drawer, up the wall, into the false ceiling, over to a spot directly over the subject's head, where it triggers the trap: a mousetrap whose action snaps a card away from its position covering a funnel, releasing a handful of glitter, which flows down the funnel, through its spout, through a hole in the ceiling acoustic tile, onto the subject.


It was wonderful to watch: a muffled snapping noise, a quiet "chuff", and the slow, glittery descent of a cloud of brightly colored dust, to settle over the head and shoulders of a club member who by now has assumed an expression of appreciative resignation.

Re:A great tradition continues. (1, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927004)

I tried a variation of that, called the "nitric acid trap" at my last job. And I do mean, my -last- job. Sigh. When will I learn. Some people have no sense of humor.

The pranks on dave! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926971)

His websites about to be slashdotted! muahaha...

Did Something Similar once (2, Funny)

Hasie (316698) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926976)

When I left a job, a friend of mine found a pack of Post-Its in my office and started labelling things. In the end there was one on the door, the chair, the telephone, the roof - even one of the Post-Its was labelled "Post-It!" When we had done my office we went to the secretary's office and started there. We even labelled the contents of her drawers! When I heard from her a while later she thanked us for helping her find her things! The best bit was that there was still a Post-It on the wall that she hadn't found yet! Aaaah, the joys of a piece of paper with glue on one side!

Re:Did Something Similar once (2, Funny)

badzilla (50355) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927008)

We even labelled the contents of her drawers!

Of course you are aware of the dictionary meaning [reference.com] of the word "drawers" ?

Re:Did Something Similar once (1, Funny)

msim (220489) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927053)

We did a similar thing to a bloke in my office a month or so ago. The guy is *ALWAYS* on the phone to the plumber, roof tiler, carpenter, paver layer, etc..

So on a nightshift we put about fifty+ post it notes on his desk with "the $WHOEVER called", "he called again" "Are you EVER gonna call this guy back?".

I came in a bit late to see his reaction, but by all accounts mission successful. :-)

Enough. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8926977)

With the economy in its present state this is no time to continue to wallow in the dot.com era "water pistols, free cocacola and nerf guns" ethos. A happy team may well be a more productive team. Just pay them properly and treat them fairly.

What this is actually about is the out-moded belief the computer programmers are in some way "special", that they have stresses and needs different from any other profession. This is simply not true. Back in the dot.com era you had to actually beg people to come and work for you. This is no longer the case, they will literally beg for a job these days. So theres no need to pander to their infantile "I'm a special clever genius" behaviour anymore.

The REAL storyline: (5, Funny)

Big Nothing (229456) | more than 10 years ago | (#8926987)

The REAL storyline goes something like this:

Boss: Hey, Dave, what's the capacity of our website software?
Dave: What do you mean?
Boss: Well, a client asked me how much traffic load it can handle.
Dave: I dunnow, we never REALLY stress-tested the thing. Want me to find out?
Boss: Yes, please do!
Dave: OK, I'll need 400 post-it note pads, 650 balloons and a digital camera.
Boss: Huh?

Re:The REAL storyline: (3, Informative)

lennart78 (515598) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927018)

They seem to manage allright though. Approx. 45 minutes after the story got posted, and they're still up. That's some nifty advertising :)

ye llow ? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927003)

...first thing damon said that morning when he arrived to the office

Call me Cynical (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927010)

I'm a natural cynic and the deliberate nod to 3M at the end of the article makes me think this is a viral marketing campaign.

On the other hand, I've mentioned 3M twice in this short reply so perhaps *I'm* the viral marketer.

Re:Call me Cynical (1)

tigress (48157) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927057)

Quick! Everyone! Stop thinking about 3M!

Sweet Revenge (3, Funny)

N8F8 (4562) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927024)

I hada guy next to me playing small tricks on me all the time. One day I got him back by turning over everyhing on his desk - from computer and monitor to all his files.

Another time is was unintentional. I emailed him one of those stupid little flash games where you shoot up your desktop with a noisy uzi. Right in the middle of shredding his desktop, in walks the VP of the company. At the time we were seated with our backs to the entrance so it took my friend a minute that the room had gone pretty much silent. What really added to this was the fact that he was the most paranoid about using his computer only for company business - and the one time he decides to screw off....

Re:Sweet Revenge (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927075)

what was wrong with seruous assault?

that tends to stop these `pranksters` in their tracks....

Re:Sweet Revenge (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927085)

I see the `preview` Button has been changed to a `post with wrong spelling` button, Taco you prankster!!!!!!

Newspapers (3, Funny)

Stephen (20676) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927028)

That reminds me of something that happened when I was at college. I got back one day to find that some other maths students had filled my room with screwed up balls of newspaper. And I mean filled. I couldn't even open the door more than a crack. It took a couple of hours and lots of black bags to clear that one up.

And free advertising on Slashdot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927035)

Sales will be up for a few days thanks to this cool advertising, 3M will also get some sales too.
And it's free!

Careful -- This one might land you in court ... (4, Funny)

Mostly a lurker (634878) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927046)

... if you choose the wrong victim!

Back in the mid 1980s, I was working for a division of a large multinational. Some of the employees had quite a creative sense of humour (including, fortunately as will soon become apparent, the department manager).

At the time, there was a lot of hiring going on. On the manager's birthday, he was conducting job interviews most of the morning. His last applicant of the morning was a plant! You need to understand that, while blessed with a good sense of humour, he was happily married and quite conservative. The "applicant" was an attractive 24 year old redhead, very well endowed, and as sexually dressed as was consistent with a possible job applicant. The interview started normally, but gradually the young lady started making more and more pointed hints that she really wanted the job and would be willing to be very grateful if hired. Eventually, she was draping herself all over our leader who was desperately trying to ease her out of his office and looking as if he was about to suffer a coronary. [We had arranged to catch everything on video tape for checking out later.] When he finally managed to get the young lady across his office and open the door, the whole department was outside ready to wish him Happy Birthday. That was his first intimation that it was a setup!

A similar experience... (4, Funny)

Phezult (729465) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927052)

I work in a camera store as the manager. Including me, there are six people who work at that location.

We received about one hundred Russ brand stuffed bears, to be sold "as a deal" with film processing. As you can imagine, it didn't really take off, and in April I still have 70 odd bears lying around my store.

We had been playing games with each other involving the bears but for several months it was fairly quiet.

Until I took several days off following Easter.

I walked in on Thursday to start my week, and upon opening the door to the back room, discovered a curtain of bears in my way. The two girls at work used kite string to bind the bears about the neck and waist to suspend them, and tied all of their paws together so that they all faced the door. There was a sign in the center that said "Supplies!" (Referencing UHF)

On the white board on the door, there was this note:
"
24 Russ bears: $599.76
Kite String: $4.99
The look on your face right now: Priceless (We hope)
******* Camera, it's everywhere you want to be.
"

Somedays my job isn't so bad...

...come on! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927074)

It should be a crime to put a link on your site to another website when you know for *sure* that the flow of traffic from your site to their's will disable their servers or connection.

BSOD screensaver (5, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 10 years ago | (#8927076)

Back in 98, I installed a screensaver on a few file servers (NT 4.0). What was nifty about it was that it showed the total RAM count and was performing a filecheck that actually read the files (RAID activity can be heard) and flagged them as corrupted. Of course, the files were perfectly fine in reality.

Oh man...did I catch hell from my manager when he dropped his coffee mug and ran into the server room and pulled the plug on the RAID. Though I laughed really hard...he obviously didnt.

From that point on, we had to restore the file server because the system wasn't shutdown properly. Fuck...he only needed to move the mouse or press a key to kick the screen saver off.

so much for free advertizing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8927077)

if you are going to get your companies web site on the front page of /. for some free advertizing, you sould probably make sure you're server can handle the load. Especially if you are an internet services company. By the time the site is stable again, the story will be off the front page and noone will care anymore.
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