April Fools’ day is around the corner and that means you should expect to be pranked. Likewise, you should also try and get a successful prank under your belt this year provided it’s harmless and will only cause someone mild annoyance or slight discomfort. As far as harmless office pranks go, you can always tape some paper to the bottom of an optical mouse but if you’re looking for a slightly more ambitious yet still harmless prank, we highly recommend this CD/DVD drive prank that has been around for ages.
Before we show you how to pull this prank we’d like to advise you to pull it at your own risk. Should the target of this prank decide to fling their screen across the room in frustration, we won’t be responsible.
In order to pull this prank you must have access to the other person’s computer for five minutes with no witnesses around. Prep the prank on your own system. Open Notepad and paste the following text in it. Save the file with any name and the VBS extension. Copy this file to a somewhat obscure location on the other person’s computer and you’re all done.
Set oWMP = CreateObject("WMPlayer.OCX.7") Set colCDROMs = oWMP.cdromCollection wscript.sleep 600000 do if colCDROMs.Count >= 1 then For i = 0 to colCDROMs.Count - 1 colCDROMs.Item(i).Eject Next For i = 0 to colCDROMs.Count - 1 colCDROMs.Item(i).Eject Next End If wscript.sleep 120000 loop
Every two minutes, their CD/DVD drive will pop open. If you want to make it a bit more obvious to the other person that they are being messed with, you can include a pop-up message to appear which, when dismissed, will open the drive. To do so, enter the following on the very first line;
MsgBox("Happy April Fools' Day!")
The prank continues as long as the other person doesn’t figure out it’s the script. If the target of your prank is someone who knows about scripting, this isn’t going to get you much of a laugh. At the most you’ll get an eye-roll in which case try the paper on the bottom of the mouse trick.
On a final note, if you do decide to prank your friends on April Fools’ day, please make sure the prank is funny as opposed to humiliating, traumatizing, or physically harmful.