Geeky Pranks = Much Love
Okay, so maybe you didn’t get a chance to put shaving cream in someone’s shoes or fill your co-worker’s cubicle with packing peanuts. Don’t worry, my April Fools pranks didn’t work out the best either.
I wrote two sticky notes for family to see in the morning; the first one they were supposed to see was: “So sorry about the garage door!” and then after they rushed out to look at the horrendous damage (hopefully) they would find on their way back a note that read: “April Fools!”
Well, it turns out said family found the “April Fools” sticky before the main prank note, totally foiling my evil plans. So.. I guess sometimes it’s best just to leave things to the professionals. Like him:
Okay, maybe Cookie Monster had nothing to do with April Fools Day, but I did find the article in TIME magazine hilarious and have transcribed it here for you:
In 1970, unsuspecting MIT students working on a computer in one of the dorms had their work interrupted by the word “cookie” flashing across the screen. Unless the user responded right away, the flashing would speed up: “Cookie, cookie, give me a cookie.” After a few minutes, presumably as the student was panicking that his or her work would be lost forever, the peculiar program (patterned not after the character from Sesame Street, which was barely on air at the time, but after a cartoon “cookie bear” featured in a ubiquitous cereal commercial of the late 1960s) would flash the message, “I didn’t want a cookie anyway,” and disappear. Prior to that point, the only way to stop the onslaught was to type “cookie,” at which point the computer would flash “thank you” and desist. Some computer experts speculate that MIT’s “Cookie Monster” program, created by a few students during a school vacation, was the world’s first computer virus.
Whether or not it was in fact the worlds first computer virus is really unimportant when compared to how completely harmless and mature it is overall. (Unlike the worrisome Conficker.C virus *shudders*)
Speaking of mature, I did manage a successful prank in high school. One day, my friends and I found one of those giant rings of keys that you know can only belong to the janitor of the school and we thought wouldn’t it be nice if we went into school real early and filled all the classrooms and hallways with desks and chairs, barricading the students outside of the school? We have some pictures of how it all went down, check it out here.
Anyhow, one of my good friends was brought to the principal’s office as a suspect and he took the fall for what was actually a 7 plus person job. Stay tuned for next year and I’ll tell you how we got a gigantic trampoline into the courtyard.. ;D Until then you can spend time amusing yourself and others with a random and rude wakeup call from Microsoft Sam.