Whether you're sharing your college dorm with fellow students, or you're doing the roommate thing well into adulthood à la Will & Grace, there is always time for funny roommate pranks. You may think your roommate needs to lighten up. Perhaps you're close friends and just want to make them laugh. Or maybe they aren't much of a friend at all, and you'd like to initiate a little harmless passive-aggression; heck, a prank might even bring you closer together. Whatever your reason for wanting to pull an innocent but still wickedly fun prank, there's one out there with your name on it.
And you're in good company, too. Pranks and practical jokes have a surprisingly long and interesting history. The first documented one dates all the way back to the 15th century, when a monk concealed a beetle in a hollowed-out apple and frightened his monk-friends. Yup, that's the distinguished lineage you can join.
To get started, take a gander at this list of the best pranks for roommates.
Wrap Their Bed In Plastic WrapVideo: YouTube
Another classic that will never die. Go to your local dollar store and fill your cart with discount plastic wrap. When your roommate is out of the house, wrap their entire bed in layer after layer of plastic film. It will be a bit time consuming, but it will be worth it. Your roommate won't know whether to laugh or throttle you.Is this funny?
Leave A Monster Cut-Out In The ShowerPhoto: Jay Malone / flickr
Imagine waking up bleary-eyed, stumbling to the shower, and coming face to face with a monster. This is the scenario your roommate could find themselves in with very little effort on your part. Peruse the variety of life-size cardboard cut-outs currently on the market, and find the one most likely to cause your roommate to scream like a B-horror-movie queen. Then, prop it up in the shower, and wait for the magic to happen.Is this funny?
Paper Their Room With Images Of Their Most Loathed Celebrity
Everyone has that one celebrity who drives them up the wall. If you know which celeb really sticks in your roommate's craw, track down some good photos of that person and copy off a whole sheaf of images. Then proceed to paper your roomie's room with their most loathed celebrity, and watch their head explode when they make the gruesome discovery.Is this funny?
Pull The "Orange Juice" PrankVideo: YouTube
Another nasty food prank, but, again, an excellent gag - and gag could actually be taken literally in this case. Next time the orange juice runs out, replace it with mac-and-cheese water. Wait... what? Essentially, what you're doing is taking the powdered cheese from the mac-and-cheese kit, putting it in a pitcher, and filling the pitcher with water. Give it a good stir, and place it in the fridge. Your roommate is in for the shock of their life the next time they pour themselves an OJ.Is this funny?