Friday, May 10, 2013

Office Shenanigans: My Deflated Stress Ball


A few months ago I bought a cheapie stress ball. It started off soft and squishy but has gotten progressively harder to squeeze. People even comment on how stiff it is when they pick it up off my desk. On Tuesday I looked down and noticed it looked crazy. It had shriveled into itself and looked dried and crusty. At first, I thought it was an old plum I had forgotten about, but then I recognized the black circle on the top—it was clearly my stress ball. Freaked, I grabbed a wad of tissues, carefully picked it up and marched over to show my neighbor. "Look what happened to my stress ball! The chemicals completely deformed it!" For emphasis, I knocked it against her desk. "It's as hard as a rock!" I threw it in the trash and rubbed some hand sanitizer over my hands. Who knew what chemicals were in that thing?!

My co-worker Amanda walked over hiding a smile behind her hand...

"I see you found your gift," was all she said before dissolving into giggles. She had just been outside with our co-worker Dianna when they saw a rock bearing a striking resemblance to my stress ball. So, they carefully drew a black circle on the top to mimic my stress ball's markings and made the switch while I was away from my desk. And I wholeheartedly fell for it! Haha. Oh, office shenanigans! They sure got me good.

funny practical joke
You have to admit they look pretty similar, no? (Or not, haha).Now whenever I look at the rock on my desk, I'll see how very clearly it looks like a rock with a black sharpie circle on top and laugh out loud.

Dianna later told me she was worried I'd be mad they tricked me, but I thought it was the most hilarious thing that happened to me all year. How do you feel about practical jokes? What's the best one you've ever pulled or had done to you? 

5 comments:

Rachel said...

That is so funny!

When I worked at the funeral home and we had part time guys helping us drive flower vans, a coworker and I liked to flip the lock on the driver's door so it wouldn't close and turn the wind shield wipers on wide open! The funniest one was when one guy drove all the way across town holding the door so it wouldn't flap open!

Sobrina Tung said...

Hahaha, that's awesome Rachel. Definitely makes the day go by faster :)

katie said...

What kind of notebook/journal are you writing in there?

Sobrina Tung said...

katie, you're so observant! It's a leather notebook cover from work (regular notebooks fit inside). this is what the full thing looks like: http://www.quietlikehorses.com/2012/12/on-my-desk.html

thanks for asking. :)

Manda said...

I'm so honored to be mentioned here, that was so great!

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