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(Some Guy)   Subby has been signing up an urban-dwelling friend for various free agriculture magazine subscriptions (one every six months or so). The friend finds it confusing but hilarious. What long-running anonymous pranks have you carried out?   ( agriculture.penton.com) divider line
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2017-11-08 12:14:31 PM  
I'm most likely the only Bronx resident who reads this headline and goes "There are free agricultural magazine subscriptions?  Well, I'll be sheepdipped! Christmas done come early this year!"
 
2017-11-08 12:16:51 PM  
I'm Banksy.
 
2017-11-08 12:19:04 PM  
My wife and I where nice enough to get free stuff for my brother in law.  Condoms, tampons, and the such.
 
2017-11-08 12:21:52 PM  
I'm not telling.
 
2017-11-08 12:39:44 PM  
I used to prank the entire town I lived in up in Vermont for 30 years.
I am done
 
2017-11-08 12:48:12 PM  
I signed up a lazy co-worker to receive mobility scooter brochures at work.
 
2017-11-08 12:50:59 PM  
A friend and I would sign each other up for free samples or magazines with names like Ben Dover or Heywood Jablowme.  One time, I got a US Navy recruitment video addressed to a goofy name.  Few weeks later, I started getting phone calls from the US Navy recruiting office, which I ignored.  It escalated to a cold-knock on my front door one rainy evening.  A young seaman in uniform asked if "Mike Oxwide" was at home and wanted to talk more about joining the Navy.

<awkward pause/>

I explained the joke to him, stammered out my family's military history, and apologized profusely.  The range of emotions washed over the kid's face from enthusiasm, confusion, tinge of anger, and soul-crushing depression at being the butt of an anonymous practical joke.  There's probably a German word for the last one.  After that one, we stopped pulling those pranks on each other.
 
2017-11-08 12:52:03 PM  
I've been successfully helping my sister avoid the realization that she's a narcissist whose about-to-fail marriage is the result of her own utter lack of empathy, and that the 'evil' things her husband is saying about her are probably only slight exaggerations of the truth.

Go me.
 
2017-11-08 01:14:44 PM  
Years ago when actual paper mail was all the rage, I signed up an asshole co-worker for Bedwetters Anonymous flyers that were delivered to his desk once a month.

He came in at 3PM for his shift, and mail was generally delivered by noon, so I always made a point of rearranging his stack so the flyer was on top, ensuring that everyone who walked by his cube saw it.

After the third month, he requested to be moved to a day shift, just so he could intercept the office mail before anyone saw it.  I know this because years later over beers, our former boss (who no longer worked for said company) spilled his guts about the asshole, who was universally despised, but untouchable because he was some VP's nephew or something.

The asshole biatched and moaned about how his new hours were forcing him to commute during rush hour, and it was really a drag, and he really wanted to go back to his old hours, but made up some flimsy excuse about how he had to be home early for something or other.

He was miserable, and after three more months, moved to a satellite office that was closer to his apartment, even though none of the people that worked there were on our team, or had anything to do with I.T.  They made room for him because of his VP connections.   He went back to his 3PM shift, too.

I made sure his subscription was updated with his new address.

Best $10 I ever spent.
 
2017-11-08 01:25:02 PM  
My employers for the past 30 years are totally fooled into thinking I know what I'm doing.  HA HA.
 
2017-11-08 01:35:30 PM  
I've been giving out naughtyrev's cell to large women for years now.

Not really but he admitted someone was in another thread and I'm claimin' the glory.
 
2017-11-08 01:54:24 PM  

foo monkey: There's probably a German word for the last one.


laf
 
2017-11-08 02:00:03 PM  
This could've made a good CSB Sunday Morning thread.
 
2017-11-08 03:03:11 PM  
When I was doing PC support for a beltway bandit (CBIS) just out of college, we had a PC "expert" who would install unauthorized utilities based on his extensive PC magazine reading, usually screwing up his machine in the process (never his fault, of course).

He was also a smug asshole. Which made the following fun.

Once while cleaning up his machine (and being reminded that he could do my job with his eyes closed, but his time was too valuable), I made a .WAV file. It was HUGE. It was also nothing but silence. I transferred it to his machine and fixed his other problems.

Once I had his machine fixed I left the office. I returned after he'd left for the day and associated every single action in Windows 3.1 that I could with that monster, silent, sound file.  He wouldn't be able to click on a mouse button without the PC grinding to a halt to play the silent file.

Then I left for vacation.
 
2017-11-08 03:07:22 PM  

GRCooper: When I was doing PC support for a beltway bandit (CBIS) just out of college, we had a PC "expert" who would install unauthorized utilities based on his extensive PC magazine reading, usually screwing up his machine in the process (never his fault, of course).

He was also a smug asshole. Which made the following fun.

Once while cleaning up his machine (and being reminded that he could do my job with his eyes closed, but his time was too valuable), I made a .WAV file. It was HUGE. It was also nothing but silence. I transferred it to his machine and fixed his other problems.

Once I had his machine fixed I left the office. I returned after he'd left for the day and associated every single action in Windows 3.1 that I could with that monster, silent, sound file.  He wouldn't be able to click on a mouse button without the PC grinding to a halt to play the silent file.

Then I left for vacation.


I knew that was you!
 
2017-11-08 03:14:28 PM  
My friend thought it would be hysterical to sign me up for a subscription to some gay-themed magazine (I'm straight).  I went to the magazine's website and changed the delivery address to his father's (who happens to be a minister).

/anonymous prank from the perspective of his father
 
2017-11-08 03:15:32 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: My friend thought it would be hysterical to sign me up for a subscription to some gay-themed magazine (I'm straight).  I went to the magazine's website and changed the delivery address to his father's (who happens to be a minister).

/anonymous prank from the perspective of his father


DHGA?
 
2017-11-08 03:17:22 PM  
Not long-running, but I once put a "Missed Connections" ad in the Chicago Reader from the perspective of a guy who one of my coworkers used to see on the bus/el. She saw this guy like once a week and had a huge crush on him. Apparently, I wasn't subtle enough, because she immediately suspected it was fake, and it only took her a couple days to figure out I was the one who did it.
 
2017-11-08 03:19:19 PM  
They have those baby formula subscription cards at the hospital that are good for at least 1 sizable box of Enfamil showing up at someone's door, not to mention the bazillions of 'new parent' adverts and mailers that start filling the mailbox.  I started signing up my co-workers in a sequence that corresponded to the position of their offices in the hallway and after the third person got theirs, the guy in office #4 asked facilities if he could change offices.
 
2017-11-08 03:20:53 PM  
Some jackass did that to my son years ago, my damn mailbox was filled with magazines for 6 months straight. Now, years later, I still get notices for subscription renewals on a weekly bases.  I have a feeling your friend wont find this amusing for much longer.
 
2017-11-08 03:20:57 PM  
A friend of mine calls me up every daylight savings time at about 1 or 2 in the AM to remind me to change my clocks (Spring ahead / fall back).  This has been going on for almost 20 years now.  It's about the only time we talk, but it's pretty fun and harmless (especially now that most of my clocks are internet regulated and auto-change for me.

I wrote a program that randomly moves the mouse / clicks the mouse / changes clicks to double clicks that I have installed on a few computers.  It has never been detected or flagged as malware or a virus, I just put it under the startup folder of a persons computer if they annoy me and let it do it's thing.
 
2017-11-08 03:22:13 PM  
Also, what you're doing constitutes mail fraud.
 
2017-11-08 03:33:24 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Also, what you're doing constitutes mail fraud.


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2017-11-08 03:35:17 PM  

little big man: They have those baby formula subscription cards at the hospital that are good for at least 1 sizable box of Enfamil showing up at someone's door, not to mention the bazillions of 'new parent' adverts and mailers that start filling the mailbox.  I started signing up my co-workers in a sequence that corresponded to the position of their offices in the hallway and after the third person got theirs, the guy in office #4 asked facilities if he could change offices.


When my wife and I applied for a marriage license in Durham, NC back in 1997, we had no idea the city was going to sell our information to every single marriage-related business in the eastern US.   It took us years before we stopped getting mailings, and we actually had to change our phone number so we'd get through a dinner hour without the phone ringing off the hook.

/the new number turned out to be the recent number for some chick who was an extremely bad credit risk, who had creditors and HER MOTHER calling at all hours of the day or night, none of whom believed we had nothing to do with "Denise".
//we had to get the phone company to try again and this time give us a number that had actually been out of circulation for more than ten minutes
///this was on top of our electricity accidentally having been shut off while we were on our honeymoon thanks to the power company getting our address confused with the disconnect order for another apartment in our complex
 
2017-11-08 03:35:57 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Also, what you're doing constitutes mail fraud.


Magazines that don't charge for subscriptions are generally *happy* to have subscribers, as they make their money selling ads.
 
2017-11-08 03:50:13 PM  
It will all become clear upon my demise.
 
2017-11-08 03:58:43 PM  
There used to be books of "1001 Things You Can Get for FREE"-type things that were invitations for kids to write away for brochures on the history of rubber, or 101 Desserts with Corn or that kind of thing.  Canada Tourism was very friendly, and sent really top-notch travel info despite there being three requests from the same last name at the same address within 2 weeks.  SCORE!!
 
2017-11-08 04:42:35 PM  

Diogenes: My employers for the past 30 years are totally fooled into thinking I know what I'm doing.  HA HA.


same

I signed my boss up for a magazine "Watch"
I thought it was for high-end watches,

It was for fancy people, what they wore, drove, lived in.
 
2017-11-08 05:17:33 PM  

kimwim: Diogenes: My employers for the past 30 years are totally fooled into thinking I know what I'm doing.  HA HA.

same

I signed my boss up for a magazine "Watch"
I thought it was for high-end watches,

It was for fancy people, what they wore, drove, lived in.


Sign him up for "Watchtower".
 
2017-11-08 06:02:09 PM  

bearded clamorer: I signed up a lazy co-worker to receive mobility scooter brochures at work.


That's amusing
 
2017-11-08 06:08:57 PM  

Trainspotr: Not long-running, but I once put a "Missed Connections" ad in the Chicago Reader from the perspective of a guy who one of my coworkers used to see on the bus/el. She saw this guy like once a week and had a huge crush on him. Apparently, I wasn't subtle enough, because she immediately suspected it was fake, and it only took her a couple days to figure out I was the one who did it.


That's mean..
Oh well . Did you finally tell her you had a crush on her?
 
2017-11-08 06:11:03 PM  
This joke was only Anonymous once. My family is all Chicago White Sox fans. Our parents went out of town for a week and before they left they filled the entire house with Cubs schedules. They were falling out of the medicine cabinet they were crammed into the drawers and cabinets and there was even some in the dishwasher.

We of course knew who it was so we save them all for the next year. When they went on your next vacation we packed their entire suitcase with them before they left. A few days later we got a package from Hawaii that had a note just signed "love, Don Zimmer".

This of course was back in the late eighties, early nineties. Then when my dad walked me down the aisle to deliver me to my soon-to-be husband, my husband put a Cubs schedule in my dad's hand.

I did say it was never really Anonymous. Just funny and long-running. About 25 years worth.
 
2017-11-08 06:23:30 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Also, what you're doing constitutes mail fraud.


username does NOT check out .
 
2017-11-08 07:45:10 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Also, what you're doing constitutes mail fraud.


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2017-11-08 07:54:21 PM  
And I used to have Depends samples sent to my rich snooty brother in law.
 
2017-11-08 08:34:48 PM  
A friend of mine was once leaving a really bad roommate situation behind and had a good idea for some creative revenge.  She sewed shrimp into the fabric of the curtains.

As for me, I once had a retail job where we often had to look things up on Google ("I think the title had 'love' in it?  The cover was definitely blue!").  On my last day, I reset the account so our default language choice was Swedish Chef.  I'm sure it didn't take them long to fix it, but I'm also sure it took them at least ten minutes or so, considering this was before the smartphone era and all the computers in the store were tied to that account, so the only instructions to change it back that they could access in the store were in Swedish Chef-ese.

Bork, bork, bork, motherfarkers.
 
2017-11-08 08:55:16 PM  
I'd take recordings of comedy bits - mostly Howard Stern radio skits or cuts off comedy albums - and leave them on a coworker's voice mail.  He suspected it was me, because I was the kind of guy that would do it.  But I  pleaded that the phone system tells you what extension the call is from, and this was from an outside caller.  I'd just get an outgoing line and direct-dial his phone.  I never admitted it, and we worked together for almost 10 years.  He appreciated the laughs.
 
2017-11-08 09:00:22 PM  

K.B.O. Winston: A friend of mine was once leaving a really bad roommate situation behind and had a good idea for some creative revenge.  She sewed shrimp into the fabric of the curtains.


https://www.snopes.com/love/revenge/s​h​rimpcurtains.asp
 
2017-11-08 09:42:52 PM  

kimwim: K.B.O. Winston: A friend of mine was once leaving a really bad roommate situation behind and had a good idea for some creative revenge.  She sewed shrimp into the fabric of the curtains.

https://www.snopes.com/love/revenge/s h rimpcurtains.asp


If I see her again, I'll tell her to let Snopes know if it worked.
 
2017-11-08 10:46:56 PM  

Billy Liar: kimwim: Diogenes: My employers for the past 30 years are totally fooled into thinking I know what I'm doing.  HA HA.

same

I signed my boss up for a magazine "Watch"
I thought it was for high-end watches,

It was for fancy people, what they wore, drove, lived in.

Sign him up for "Watchtower".


Then "Tower".
 
2017-11-09 01:20:41 AM  
My brothers best friend Shawn was always a jerk so this is how I got him.

This was back in the day when pagers were a thing. Shawn got some lame job (I think it was in sales) that required him to have a pager and his work gave him one (he was crazy excited. Thought it made him a big deal). So one day when I know Shawn was working I had a brilliant idea! I grabed the phone book (I told you this was back in the day) flipped to the government pages and found the local F.B.I. offices numbers page and chose one of the numbers near the bottom of the list and paged it to Shawn and I keep sending it every half hour or so for a few hours.

A few days later I get the story.

Shawn calls the number and it's just some agents office number and the guy just picks up with a "hello" or "can I help you" but doesn't identify himself as an FBI agent. Shawn would be all "This is Shawn I received a page" and Mr agent would be "no, not from me" then "sorry wrong number". Apparently this went on for a while (because I kept sending Shawn the same number). Finally the last time Shawn calls Shawn is aggravated and being a jerk ( like Shawn is want to do) and Mr. Agent says angrily "Look kid, this is agent whomever with the FBI, stop farking around!!". Shawn freaks and hangs up. The agent had caller ID (this is before us civilians could have that) and promptly calls Shawn back yelling at him, explaining all the laws Shawn is breaking, prison time involved and just generally putting the fear of God into Shawn.

My brother cried laughing when I found out it was me. Shawn was fighting mad when he found out.

Every few months for as long as Shawn had that job I would send him another interesting phone number.
 
2017-11-09 01:24:42 AM  
On other sites, I parrot the same lame anti-Apple propaganda I see here, and I get paid when losers buy incendiary garbage from Samsung.
 
2017-11-09 02:19:45 PM  
My dad spent 3 months pouring a gallon of gas in the tank of a whiney neighbors new car at least once a week and listening to him brag about the great fuel milage he was getting. Then he stopped. Dad worked for the Ford dealer, the guy had a Chevy....
 
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