While there are people out there who just love to blow stuff up, I’m more of the practical joke variety myself. Though I don’t need explosives, I’m more than happy to jury rig something. My father got us some Omaha steaks one Christmas and the dry ice can fuel many a coke-bottle-bomb.
It’s best when you can have this kind of fun with your friends – a group of folks just having a good time. But there’s also a lot to be said when a friend gets to participate unwittingly.
Now, I’m the first to say that if you drink yourself into a state where you don’t know what’s going on around you, that’s your own problem. You could wake up with a wet bed from the old hand-in-warm-water trick. Or get a face full of shaving cream – be sure your friends didn’t load your palms with the stuff before they woke you up. You could wake and find your bed/cot/whatever suspended twelve feet in the air between two trees – and if you were drinking the night before, you likely aren’t on you’re A-game, so you probably didn’t figure that one out until you hit the ground. You could even wake up duct taped to a tree. Worse, you could come around to find any one of these things has happened, and you’re naked, wearing a black-permanent-marker pirate face, and it’s posted on Youtube.
No, don’t blame me for any of those. If you drank so much you don’t remember, then that’s your own fault. In fact, my group of friends knows to stay sober or take what you get.
A good time might have a victim, but it doesn’t have to. Stuffing the coke bottles with dry ice is just fun for everyone involved. And when I was looking at grad schools for the spring term, my tour group at Cal Poly passed a huge gooey mess on the quad. It turns out, some of the students decided to have a pumpkin smashing contest. Only, instead of just dropping the suckers, they dipped them in liquid nitrogen first so they shattered. Pumpkin shards are pretty cool things. And actually pretty dangerous. They scatter far and can be really sharp. So this fall, stay back twenty feet from my house.
The pumpkins unfreeze fast enough that they are only dangerous when they break, but if you left one on someone’s doorstep they’d have a real hard time figuring out how you broke it into those cool looking slivers.
No, I’m not suggesting you do anything really dangerous, but hey, you can really put one over on someone. The next time you have a group over for dinner, the last one in gets the meal you cooked separate. Though it looks the same, it can be full of salt, Cajun spices, jalapeno juice, whatever. Just make sure it looks identical to the other plates, and make sure everyone else knows to complement the meal repeatedly. See how long the sucker will eat the nasty dish before he catches on.
Sure, you can toilet paper your friend’s yard. But why? I grant that it’s tried and true. But you could do so much more. Be creative. Then sleep lightly!
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