31 of the Best Office Pranks & Practical Jokes to Pull on Your Work Buddies

January 26, 2016
Aaron Polmeer

By [email protected] (Lindsay Kolowich)

Thanks to the TV show The Office, many of us have heard of the classic “stapler in Jell-O” trick. But what other, less conventional pranks are out there to add some color to an otherwise average day at the office?

We asked our friends and combed the internet for more examples of some of the funniest office pranks, and pulled together this list to serve as inspiration for your own work pranks. Every company has a story or two about that funny office prank of yore. Whether you’re doing some early April Fool’s Day research or just feeling a little tricksy, it’s time to get a prank of your own in the books. Here are some ideas.

And if you want to make up for the time you spent pranking your co-workers …

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31 Funny Office Prank Ideas to Pull on Your Co-Workers

1) Nothing like caramel onions to perk you up.


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2) This is what nightmares are made of.


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3) Fish food (hopefully) included.


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4) Just hope nobody actually called 9-1-1 …


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5) Tighten the zip-tie, throw it … and run for your life.


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6) The perfect use for those sticky notes piling up in the back of your drawer.


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7) They should never have told you their phone password.


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8) Welp, that’s one way to loosen up before a meeting.


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9) At least it’s not glitter.


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10) For trolls, by trolls.


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11) One for the international office.


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12) For Hasselhoff lovers. (Or Hasselhoff haters.)


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13) You said you needed a vacation?


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14) That’s it. You’re suspended.


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15) Hey everyone, there’s cake up for grabs in the kitchen!


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16) Just a little condiment art. Sound effects: optional.


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17) Their boss’ face. EVERYWHERE.


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18) How to make an office disappear.

19) Simple, yet brilliant.


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20) Time to learn to touch type.

21) I’m not even mad, I’m just impressed.


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22) This could actually make your cat-loving co-worker’s day.


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23) “For the man who never has enough time.”


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24) … Or the woman who never has enough time.


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25) Just doing your part for the environment, ya know?



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26) Ingredients: blizzard, shovel, and several hours to kill.


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27) For the prankster with NO SOUL.


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28) Just the adrenaline rush you needed.


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29) Warning: could scare the bejeezus out of you, too.


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30) When in doubt, just wrap stuff.


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31) And finally, for those of you who still aren’t over the whole Jell-O thing …

What are your favorite office pranks? Share with us in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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