Being a student can be tough. You’re expected to sit in a classroom all day long, listening to teachers and learning lessons, not all of which are super interesting. Some students are great at this – they absorb everything the teacher tells them, they do all their homework, and they ace their exams. But other students need a different outlet – so they play hilarious pranks on their classmates and teachers.
These students may actually be extremely intelligent, but perhaps the traditional education system doesn’t work so well for them. They don’t like sitting still and following the rules – their minds are more active, coming up with ideas that are truly brilliant but not at all related to the lesson. And they can answer any question – it just might not be the specific answer that their teacher is looking for. These students should not be overlooked; after all, it takes a great deal of brains to come up with some of these jokes, and it can take a significant quantity of skill and bravery to carry them out.
So even though making the class laugh doesn’t necessarily help their grades, these students continue making jokes and playing pranks, taking small risks for the benefit of their classmates. And we’re glad they do, because it makes studying way more fun. We’re not suggesting that everyone should go out and play tricks on their teachers. We’re just saying that we appreciate an occasional harmless joke or prank.
A correct answer
This probably isn’t the answer that the teacher was looking for when the question showed up on the math test.
And judging from the eraser marks, the student did try to come up with a more accepted answer. But math tests can be tough, and in the end, the student gave up and used some quick and very clever thinking to answer the question hilariously. We laughed, and we’re sure the teacher must have smiled, at least for a second.
It’s a zoo in there
Sometimes, hard-working students can feel trapped inside a classroom, like animals in a cage.
And when you look through this caged window at the students hard at work inside, it does kind of look like that’s the case here. So someone thought it would be funny to put a sign on the door pointing it out. It’s true, engineers do spend a lot of time working, drinking energy drinks, and eating cold pizza, and look, there’s even one sitting on a desk!
These are axes
Here’s another student who gave a very creative answer to a math problem.
The directions told the students to label the “axes,” which can either mean more than one “axis” in a graph, or more than one “ax.” We’re not sure if the student truly didn’t know how to answer the question or if they just felt like being funny, but either way, the result is pure genius. And they did draw some very nice axes.
Molecular dress code
Someone spotted this clever drawing on a whiteboard in science class. On the left is the structural formula, or the scientific diagram, of a formaldehyde molecule.
A witty student must have been bored in class, and realized that “formaldehyde” starts with the word “formal,” and then imagined that the diagram looks like the body of a person. So, this class clown used their imagination and drew a “casual-dehyde” next to it, complete with a Hawaiian shirt. Extra points for this ingenious scholar!
Connect the dots
This is a new way to get the teacher to write “100” on your test! We don’t know if it counts, but it sure was an excellent try.
This student made a simple “connect the dots” puzzle on the top of their exam. The teacher played along and, lo and behold, the dots connected to form a 100. No matter how well the student did on the test, we’re impressed that they tricked their teach in such a funny way!
Senior pictures are an opportunity to show off your best side. Many students take these photos seriously, paying a lot of money for a professional photographer, hair stylist, and makeup artist.
But other students use the chance to show off their sense of humor and entertain their classmates. This student did just that, making a shirt with his dog’s face on it for himself, and a shirt with his face on it for his dog. It’s not your traditional senior picture, but it is bound to get attention!
When opportunity knocks, a punny student will take the opportunity and go for it. Usually, if someone says that a person is alarmed, it means that they are frightened or disturbed.
But when the sign here says that the door is alarmed, it means that a buzzer will go off if the door is opened. This student saw the double meaning right away, personifying the door, and creating this hilarious sign. We love the drawing too – the door does look anxious!
Someone at this school printed out a bunch of papers with a life-size smushed face on them, and went around sticking them behind windows.
It looks pretty realistic, and creepy, and if we suddenly turned a corner and saw one of these faces staring at us, we would probably turn and go back in the other direction. We like the idea though, and that face looks just how we all feel after a long day at school.
A new hit TV series
It’s a college graduation tradition to write messages on the top of your cap. It’s a wide empty space on display for all to see, so why not use it?
This student knows the truth about college tuition: many graduates take out loans to pay for school and are in debt for years to come. So, in a play on words, she changed the popular TV show Game of Thrones, to Game of Loans, a game that nearly all college graduates in America are forced to play. Spot on.
Hide and seek champions
Usually, the point of the game hide and seek, is not to be found.
So when a faculty member called the police on a group of students playing hide and seek, and the police failed to find them, we think they may have missed the point entirely. It sounds like the University Police just lost a game of hide and seek! While we don’t condone disorderly conduct, this actually sounds like a lot of fun.
Or is it?
This student wears his “It’s Tuesday” shirt to school every Wednesday in order to thoroughly confuse the rest of the school.
We know that it can be difficult to keep track of what day it is, so we understand why this might mix up some of the students (and teachers). At least when they find out that it’s actually Wednesday they’ll realize they’re one day closer to the weekend than they thought they were when they first saw the shirt!
When teachers do locker checks, they’re usually looking for something that students aren’t allowed to bring to school that they may have hidden in their locker.
They usually just find papers and books, though. But no teacher is ever prepared to open a locker and find a scene like this one: a dinosaur tea party, complete with a working chandelier. It’s quite an impressive set-up, and definitely took a great deal of work by one artistic student.
But that IS my real ID!
This student secretly changed his name on school picture day, and nobody noticed.
Then, the names used on the pictures were printed onto ID cards, and apparently nobody bothered to double check the details while they were being printed. That’s how he ended up with an official school ID that says his name is “Jaffar Fromaladdin.” He’ll get a lot of funny looks when he uses this ID card! It’s pure brilliance, but we do wonder how he decided on this name in particular.
A calculated risk
It’s not usually the best idea to take a risk when answering questions on an exam. But for this student, it seems to have worked out pretty well.
The instructions told students to provide an example of risk, and by refusing to answer the question, and simply writing “no,” this student did just that, demonstrating risk and fulfilling the instructions exactly. Judging from the checkmark, the teacher gave the answer full marks, leading us to conclude that it was worth the risk.
He fits the bill
Students sure seem to like puns – especially when they break the rules. When a notice tells you to “post no bills,” it is usually referring to flyers.
But this brazen student took it in another direction, instead posting pictures of people named Bill. They’ve got Bill Cosby, Bill Gates, Bill Murray, and (our personal favorite) Bill Nye the Science Guy. We know that this is not a new trick by any means, but it certainly made us smile. Nicely played.
Look carefully: one of the students at this school brought in a pineapple shirt on picture day and proceeded to pass it around to as many young men as were willing, making the yearbook oh so much better.
It does look completely and hilariously ridiculous and we wonder if the photographer noticed anything was off. Decades to come, kids will be browsing through their dad’s old yearbooks and will be surprised to see just how cool Dad truly was back in the day.
You can’t choose your name, and this professor ended up with a pretty unfortunate one to post on a door sign.
If you add just two letters to the end of Dr. Hedgeh’s name, you get the name of a cute, prickly animal. It’s so obvious and so funny that it seems people weren’t able to hold themselves back from changing the name on the door. Dr. Hedgeh should probably just get used to it because it doesn’t seem like it is going to stop any time soon.
This student graduated from an online college, but he still wanted a graduation photo.
So he went out and bought himself a cap and gown, and when his diploma arrived in the mail, he asked the mailman to pose with him as he gave him his certificate. The mailman kindly agreed, and he ended up with this endearing and comical photo. Do you think there’s a chance his parents will frame it and hang it on the wall in their living room?
When students are bored in class, they’ll do anything to try to entertain themselves.
So when these students found a hole in the floor of their classroom and noticed that they could see down to the students below, they wanted to communicate. They used what they had on hand, namely a long piece of yarn and Cheetos, and lowered their offering through the hole to the young woman sitting below. This is wonderfully absurd – we wonder what happened when she finally noticed!
Honesty is key
This student got an extra credit point for answering a question truthfully, although perhaps not exactly the way the teacher had intended.
We don’t know what the “program in question 5” is, but from the sound of it, it’s complicated. So instead of struggling to answer the question and explaining the program, the student went ahead and answered the extra credit question in their own way. Then the teacher, proving that not all teachers are out to make their students cry, went along with it.
There’s a tradition among high school students that at the end of their senior year they play one final prank on the faculty, staff, and other students at their high school.
So the administration should not have been too surprised to walk in one day to find something not quite right. Some of the students had broken into the office and covered every surface with sticky notes. They did a really thorough job, covering the desk, the window, the bookshelf, and even the printer.
Graphing calculators can be very useful tools, not just for math class but also for keeping students entertained at all times.
We’ve all written out messages on our TI-84, and even spent some quality time playing games and shooting down spaceships. But this student took it a step further and plotted out a perfect portrait of their professor. We didn’t know graphing calculators could do that! We also see a potential future career path for this talented student.
When you’re a busy student, class can be an invaluable time to catch up on some much needed rest, but it can be pretty embarrassing when your teacher catches you napping.
So one clever student came up with a great idea. He made a mask to put over his eyelids that looks just like open eyes. This way, he can sleep as much as he wants in class and his teacher will never notice. We just hope he doesn’t miss any important information.
Who wants pancakes?
High school ends after four years, but the yearbook lasts forever.
For this very reason, many high school seniors spend days agonizing over what quote they should choose to go under their picture, representing them for all eternity. Mason Goodman chose something very original and very useful for his senior quote – a pancake recipe. In the future, when his former classmates are flipping through their yearbook, they’ll come to his picture and be able to make a delicious breakfast.
By the time young adults head off to college, you might think that they would have grown up.
This picture, however, proves that this is clearly not the case. College students tend to find every opportunity possible to play games and goof off. Some students in this dormitory scattered the furniture through the hallway and hung a sign reading, “The ground is lava.” It looks like a lot of fun to try to get to the other side without touching the ground. Do you think you could make it?
When students go off to college, they suddenly find themselves living in a dorm with many other young adults.
Belongings and items of clothing get mixed up, lost, and then found again, and it can be quite a challenge to keep track of what’s yours. One student found a sock in their dorm that didn’t belong to them, and so came up with a solution to find its owner. They hung this hilarious sign, mimicking a lost pet sign, and then just waited for someone to claim the missing sock.
Sometimes, students are allowed to bring notes to help them out during an exam.
When this is the case, teachers will often limit the number of pages allowed for notes, so students have to think carefully about what they need to know. One clever student, however, came up with a way around this rule. They wrote on the same page in two different colors, and brought along colored pieces of plastic, so they could bring double the amount of notes. We hope it helped!
This prank brought one school a whole hour of musical entertainment.
In 2014, a bunch of seniors at Santa Barbara High School in southern California hired a mariachi band to follow their principal around for an hour. The four-piece band trailed him from the moment he walked into his office in the morning, getting funny looks and smiles in the hallways and classrooms. He didn’t seem to be too upset about it, and the spectacle definitely made the day better for many students.
It’s a foul
Planting trees is usually seen as a kind deed because it helps the environment and makes the space where the tree was planted more beautiful.
But when you plant a tree in the middle of a baseball field, it would be an understatement to say that the tree is in the way. Some pranksters decided to do just that at their high school, and planted a young tree right between the pitching mound and home plate. We’re calling foul.
These antibacterial gels are great for fighting germs and staying sanitary, and as some silly students pointed out, they’re also great for finding all of the cuts and scratches that you might have on your hands.
This handwritten label says it all – this stuff stings when you accidentally rub it all over your dry hands and papercuts. Even if you weren’t aware that you had any small wounds on your hands, you’ll surely know about every single one after you use this.
Eye catching resume
There are some classes you can take to help prepare you for finding a job once you graduate from school.
In these classes, you often have to write a sample cover letter and resume to practice. This student had to do just that – they were supposed to write a cover letter and resume embodying a Marvel character. We think they did a truly excellent job illustrating everyone’s favorite talking tree, Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, and would give this student an A+.
Many students think long and hard about what to wear on picture day.
They want to be dressed in their very best when the photographer snaps their photo, because it will be seen by everyone in the yearbook. This student went for a truly unique and original look in this day and age – chainmail. He pulled on his chainmail hood and gave his winning smile, and ended up with a truly memorable photograph. At least he doesn’t have to worry about anyone wearing the same outfit!
Years ago, when it cost just 20 cents to mail a letter, one student was assigned an art project.
He carefully drew a postage stamp, pasted it to a letter, and mailed the letter to himself. Surprisingly, the letter was delivered, and the student received an A. This story not only reveals an ingenious student’s prank, but it also shows that the post office doesn’t check the stamps on letters very conscientiously. Would that same thing work today? We don’t know and wouldn’t try it with any important mail.
College is expensive, everyone knows that. And when you pay so very much money to attend an elite university, you expect to get some benefits.
Apparently, one student at this school thought so too. With the huge sum of money they were paying for tuition, they expected to at least get some better toilet paper. In addition to a degree, the student was calling for two-ply toilet paper as well. They do make a good point – one-ply toilet paper is the worst. We’re with you, mystery bathroom student.
Some students in this class decided it would be funny to collect a bunch of plastic bottles and build their teacher a little cage around their desk.
We’re not sure why the students thought to do such a thing, but the teacher loved the structure. It’s like a special fort just for the teacher, separating them from the rest of the class. We would like to hire these students to build us one of these around our desk!
Why even come to class if you are literally just going to lie down on the floor and take a nap?
We’re guessing attendance counts in this lecture, so coming to class just to sleep is better than not showing up at all. It doesn’t look particularly comfortable or restful, but we understand that it can be hard to get enough sleep in college and this might be the best opportunity there is to finally get some rest. We just hope the professor doesn’t notice.
Here is yet another very clever senior prank.
After looking at the sign above the entrance to their high school for four years, some seniors realized that their school’s name contained an “L,” an “O,” and an “L,” although not beside each other. So they removed the rest of the letters, changing the name of their school to LOL School, a very fitting name for a place for this generation of youngsters to get an education.
High school sports
If children are the future, then these children are the future ESPN sportscasters.
These ambitious youngsters set up their very own ESPN SportsCenter gamecast right from their high school gymnasium to announce their school’s basketball game. They went all out with suits and ties, headsets, and the ESPN sign, and they look pretty professional to us. It’s a great idea and is sure to make them very popular with the other students, in addition to being great practice for the future.
Is there a Jar Jar here?
Somehow, one student managed to have their name registered with Portland Community College as The Great Jar Jar Binks.
Clearly, nobody checked the names and addresses before this letter was mailed out, because it got past the office staff and into the mailbox. If that letter really is on its way to Jar Jar Binks, however, it has quite a long way to go, since according to Star Wars Episode I, Jar Jar Binks lives on the planet Naboo.
No matter how low the likelihood of a grizzly bear attack on this college campus is, it’s always good to celebrate your victories, and going so long without a grizzly bear attack is definitely a positive thing.
For anyone who’s keeping track, 34,310 days is actually 94 years, so we can pretty safely say that there likely hasn’t ever been a grizzly bear attack on campus since the college was founded. Still, we’re not denying that it is an impressive number.
A teacher asked their class to write short stories, and one of the students handed in this gem.
When you’re in school, you often have writing tasks that can be pretty challenging, and short stories are tough because you’re expected to tell an entire tale in just a few words. While all of their classmates were working hard, this student came up with clever way around the prompt. The story may be based on an earlier work by a different author, but it’s a pretty solid piece of writing.
Sean is the best
The editor of a college newspaper has a lot of power. As long as there’s nobody looking over their shoulder, they can print whatever they want in the paper.
This student, Sean, was in this position at his school, and he used his power to hide things in the newspaper. Here’s an example of one of his proudest moments – he got this choice sentence past all of the checks and it wound up in the hands of many students. You are the best, Sean.
The big day
Graduating from college is a big accomplishment, and every student wants the opportunity to don a cap and gown and walk proudly across the stage to receive their diploma, making their parents proud.
That’s exactly what this guy wanted, even though he did not actually graduate. Instead, he bought a cap and gown for $38, showed up at the graduation ceremony for a school he did not attend, and walked with the rest of the graduates. Anything to make his mom proud!
Math tests are hard
A calculus professor came to his office one morning to find this posted on his door.
One of his students was clearly dismayed by the last math test they had taken, and wanted a way to express their frustration. The student makes a good point, too. Sometimes, math tests have these problems with so many seemingly unrelated facts and you have no idea how to use them to find the answer to the question. We’ve never seen one quite this crazy, though.
Here’s another great senior prank. The senior class at this high school painted parking spots in their school’s parking lot.
This clever young woman painted a parking spot to read, “If you’re reading this I’m late.” She makes a good point – if someone can read the words on the pavement, it means that there is no car there, and so the person who was supposed to be parked there is clearly tardy. It’s a very well done painting, too.
When you go to college, you meet all sorts of different people from all different backgrounds.
At this college, there was a student who walked around all the time with a staff. When he was asked why he did this, he answered, “Seen any trolls around here lately? Didn’t think so.” This guy is claiming that his actions rid the campus of trolls. Now, we don’t think there is much of a serious danger when it comes to trolls on campus, but we’re no experts.
High price to pay
We’ve mentioned before how expensive college is, and how hard it can be to pay for an education.
This young jokester decided to poke fun at herself, painting her graduation cap to highlight the high cost of college. She made three boxes to check, and filled in two of them: “45k” and “a leg.” Since she has only one leg, she is joking around that she paid for college with the other one. We sure hope colleges aren’t accepting body parts as part of tuition these days!
Graffiti is fairly common in university bathrooms, but it often consists of insults and nonsense.
This time, however, someone with a good sense of humor took a marker to the family bathroom at their school. They wrote “Place sacrifice here,” on the changing table in the restroom, and drew two lines indicating the size of a baby. It’s a funny and harmless joke, and it’s bound to make more than one stressed-out parent smile as they change their child’s diaper.
Rick-rolling is a prank that people play on each other in which they make people unwittingly click on a link that takes them to the music video of Rick Astley’s famous song, Never Gonna Give You Up.
A sixth grader took rick-rolling to the next level with this funny note. Their teacher caught them passing notes, snatched the paper, and opened it up to see what was going on. And so, the teacher was rick-rolled by their student, right in the middle of the classroom.
Dinosaurs in the parking lot
One day, a student failed a test and was pretty bummed out about it. He went up to his teacher and told them that he was going to have a dinosaur crush the teacher’s car because they had given him a poor grade.
The teacher didn’t think too much of it and just continued on with their business. The next day, however, the teacher found this on their windshield. The teacher thought it was pretty funny, but it wasn’t enough to fix the student’s grade.