Not historically the best time for a new thread, late Saturday night, but here goes- I can always bump it, right?
I work for four dermatologists, two of whom are notorious pranksters. One old and curmudgeonly, we’ll call him B, the other younger and more technologically advanced, we’ll call him C. Here are pranks that they’ve pulled in the past:
The older, grumpier one, B, pulled this one on A, another doctor in the practice, who despises Dr. Andrew Weil and his naturopathic ways, including but not limited to his support of black salve http:// www. quackwatch.org/ 01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Cancer/eschar.html , which is supposed to treat skin cancer but often has devastating effects. Doctor B had a name tag made that identified the wearer as Dr. Andrew Weil, and attached it to Doctor A’s white coat. He wore it all day seeing patients before he realized it.
Doctor C recently pulled this one on Doctor B, and got him good, he did. A couple of weeks ago there was supposedly a call from a producer of an MTV show called, “My Real Life” or something like that, and they were going to be in town filming an episode starring one of his patients, and they wanted to come into the office to film. It may have been a prank call, as our staff called the patient’s mother and she knew nothing about it, and she called MTV who knew nothing about it. At any rate, Doctor B said no, no way was he going to have cameras in his clinic, no.
The other day, there appeared a letter featuring MTV letterhead on Doctor B’s space at the nurse’s station. The writer identified himself as the producer that had called, who expressed his dismay that Dr. B wouldn’t allow his show to come in. However, he was enchanted and intrigued by Dr. B’s curmudgeonly personality, and was going to send legions of cameraphone journalists (aka slackers) to surreptitiously film Dr. B as he goes about his days in the office. It was signed Bob “Stalker” Putz. When I saw it, before Dr. B, I laughed my ass off- it was obviously fake, but very, very funny. When Dr. B read it, though, he got really mad. He exhorted all of us to never let any film crews in, and stormed off to his office in a huff. A while later he discussed it with me, and insisted that the letterhead couldn’t have been done by anyone else- it must be official. He uses a computer, yes, but he still uses AOL, if that gives you any idea of computer prowess. It was a couple hours before Dr. C would break down and tell Dr. B it was a joke, and it was priceless. Dr. B fancies himself a master prankster, and finally, finally, he got his!
Any good pranks at your work?