Prank level: expert

I have to admire the way this unfolded:

David Trott wrote about this in Creative Mischief.

Then there was the middle-management type I worked with who was visibly disturbed that maintenance had hung a ceiling fan directly over his desk: he just knew it was going to fall and decapitate him.

How would you exploit this fear?


  1. ETat »

    11 January 2017 · 7:08 am

    Leave on his desk couple of screws, exact copy of the ones on the fan?

  2. fillyjonk »

    11 January 2017 · 7:29 am

    What ETat said. Or maybe make some vague comments about the likelihood of earthquakes in the area, then look up at the fan, and say, “But I’m sure Physical Plant took that into account when it installed that….”

  3. CGHill »

    11 January 2017 · 7:51 am

    Tat: Congratulations, you have won the Internet.

  4. Lynn »

    11 January 2017 · 8:41 am

    Brilliant! Sorry I’m just repeating what Mr. Harrison said but there’s no other word, except, maybe… perfect.

  5. nightfly »

    11 January 2017 · 11:28 am

    If you were skilled enough, you could get longer posts compatible with the fan, and then install a slightly longer one every few days, so the fan would hang lower in the room.

  6. CGHill »

    11 January 2017 · 11:55 am

    I wasn’t that skilled or that foresighted.

  7. fillyjonk »

    11 January 2017 · 12:09 pm

    Meh, the posts thing would require an awful lot of work. It would have to be a co-worker you REALLY wanted to mess with (e.g., to get them to quit) in order to do that.

  8. Hammerbach »

    11 January 2017 · 1:40 pm

    A penny taped to the upper surface of the fan will cause it to imbalance. Start close to the hub, and slowly move it further out…

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  10. Roy »

    11 January 2017 · 4:41 pm

    The penny on the blade trick would work. Unfortunately, it might also imbalance the fan enough to cause it to actually fall on the poor guy.

  11. ETat »

    12 January 2017 · 6:38 pm

    Chaz: oh if only it was that simple!

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