Miniature Giraffes

I don’t know why I found this so funny, but two of my coworkers recently played a running prank on a third wherein Pranksters 1 & 2 routinely and elaborately commiserated over the difficulties of owning a miniature pet giraffe.


Sample conversation:

Coworker 1: “On, man, I’ve spent a fortune ordering eucalyptus leaves this winter.”

Coworker 2 (in dry British accent, which makes this that much more hilarious to me): “Yes, the prices are really up since the drought in Australia.”

Coworker 3, listening in amazement: “Wow! Where do you get eucalyptus leaves?”

Coworker 1: “You order them off the internet. But the giraffes also like ferns.”

Coworker 2: “Frankly, I don’t think that’s the worst part of owning a miniature giraffe. They’re just so noisy, especially at night.”

Coworker 3, still amazed: “What kind of sounds do they make?”

Coworker 2: (Makes elaborate series of yodeling noises).

Me: (Crying in tears behind my OR mask).

Coworker 3 was so astonished by the tales of miniature giraffe ownership that she told several other people about it, at which point Coworker 4 had to step in advise 1 & 2 to come clean with Number 3 that there are, in fact, no such things as miniature pet giraffes. 

Here’s where I think the story originated. Note the April 1 publication, which is quite fitting.

This also perpetuated the myth:



April Fools’ Pranks

While I’m definitely not into April Fools’ Day trickery, I got a kick out of these collections of pranks (here, here and here).

These food-related ones are pretty funny:

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As a kid, I was on the receiving end of something similar to this:


Except instead of mashed potatoes subbing for vanilla ice cream, my dad crafted a sundae out of two scoops of chocolate ice cream and one big meatball, then smothered the whole thing in hot fudge and whipped cream.

Four years ago at work, I also walked into my office looking something like this:


There were more than four hundred balloons and they were everywhere. I’m still laughing to think about it.

Happy Fooling!