13 True Stories About Pranks That Went Completely And Horribly Wrong

If a prank goes correctly, it’s absolutely hilarious for almost everyone involved. After a few days it’s probably funny to the person that got pranked as well. On the other side, however, if a prank goes wrong, it’s going to be very bad all around.

A Reddit thread asked users to reveal a prank they’ve attempted that went horribly wrong. Here are some of the best ones.

Fake Skeleton

A friend got in a prank war in nursing school. They decided to put a fake skeleton from their class lab into a girl’s bed while she was out one night. They hung out in the joint bathroom when they heard her come in expecting to hear her scream. She came in but no scream. After a few minutes they went into her room and turned on the light. She was lying in bed stroking the skeleton’s head with a strange look on her face. Turns out she had a nervous breakdown and had to drop out of school a short time later.

The Urinal

In high school I mixed a bunch of food and drinks in a bottle during lunch to make it look like shit and dumped in a urinal in the boy’s bathroom. I told a bunch of people what I did.
10 minutes later my friend took a shit on top of the fake shit.

I was called down to the principal’s office for shitting in a urinal.

The Love Letter

When I was about 15, I wrote a really corny love letter to my middle-aged French teacher in terrible French and signed my friend’s name. The whole thing was ridiculous – it was a direct translation so all the grammar was terrible and it had lines like “I love you more than the desert misses the rain, my sweet.” I snuck the letter into her bag and then at the end of class she grabbed my friend and told him to stay behind.

About 20 minutes of maniacal chuckling later, my friend came up to me with a confused, somewhat traumatized look on his face. It turns out that, without even mentioning the letter to him, the teacher had declared that she also had strong feelings for him. She explained how she couldn’t keep her eyes off him in class, had entertained fantasies about him and had no idea that he felt the same way, but that their relationship could go no further. My friend just stared at her in stunned silence until she eventually ushered him to leave.

The Spider

A friend of mine had a tarantula. A Mexican Brown. We’re all chilling at a diner and he has it with him. He decides to put it on his burger and then calls the waitress over saying that there’s a bug in his food. Well, the waitress was carrying a huge tray of food and when she sees the spider she absolutely loses it and the tray ends up all over the floor. We got banned from the diner.

Sweet’N Low

Back in grade school, dumped a bunch of Sweet’N Low into a teacher’s coffee thermos when they weren’t in the room. Turns out they had an saccharine allergy, and got pretty sick.

Came clean once the manhunt started and got in some trouble, but the teacher was surprisingly good natured about it since I was only 10 or 11 at the time so I didn’t get expelled or anything.

Cell Phone Battery

Was working at a pizza place and it was the long weekend and a girl who worked was up at the lake for the weekend. Me and the guy I was working with decided to call her and give her a bit of a scare by telling her she was suppose to be at work an hour ago. We did that and then her cell died. She drove for two hours to make it to work, and then I had to tell her I was joking.


I met up with some friends at the mall, after a short while we go to the food court for food, obviously. As a joke I pull the chair out from a girl that goes to sit on it and she slips back, hits her head hard on the table and then the chair, and then the floor. She had gotten a small concussion and I had to pretend that it wasn’t my fault.

Don’t Prank Dad

One time I put both of the pizzas in one box and handed my dad the empty box. He told me to quit fucking around and to put it back. I did.

2/10 would not recommend that prank.

Flaky Fish Food

My friend and I were screwing around in high school science class while the teacher was out of the room. I grabbed a big 32 oz cup off my teacher’s desk which I believed to be empty and jokingly hurled it toward my friend like I was going to drench him. Little did I realize the cup was full to the brim of flaky fish food. A blinding cloud of fish food filled the room. Most of it settled on the desk and I frantically swept most of it into the trash before the teacher came back. However, I missed a lot, and because the teacher was notoriously messy, his desk remained covered in a thin layer of fish food for the next 5 years or so until he died. I don’t know if he didn’t see it or simply didn’t care.


A couple of friends posted on my Facebook wall saying stuff like, “RIP you were a great friend” and stuff like that. Anyway people ask what happened and they say it was a tragic accident and what not. I check my feed an hour after this started and my Facebook wall blown up with people saying they’ll miss me and stuff and thats when people started calling my mom. It went downhill from there.

Water Balloons

Some friends and I went to throw water balloons at some girl’s birthday party and I was the get-away driver. After we threw the balloons and soaked a few people we ran back to my car. Some of the guys caught up with us and jumped on my car as I was driving away. I sped up fast enough so they wouldn’t jump off. I was going to let them off at the end of the road, but one of them decided to jump off before I slowed down. I was probably going 25 mph when he jumped off the top of the car. He ended up slapping the back of his head on the asphalt and got a concussion. He was in the hospital for a few days and I went to visit him. He ended up losing his sense of taste and smell and to this day still hasn’t completely got it back. He was always a little bit different after that too. I’m not sure if it was because of a brain injury or he just developed a more laid back carefree approach to life.

Pizza Hut

I used to call my local Pizza Hut all the time asking the employees to freestyle for me for a chance to win $10,000. One day I decided to make the “game” a bit easier for them by giving them my real phone number, and a few days later tried to make a legit pizza order. Turns out, they almost banned me from Pizza Hut and refused my order for all the crank calls.

Taco Bell Sauce

There’s this prank where you take the victim’s fast food cup and attach a ketchup packet at the end of the straw.

I pulled that prank on my brother, except I replaced the ketchup packet with a Taco Bell hot sauce packet.

After nearly throwing up, he threw the cup at me. I dodged it but it spilt on the carpet. He punched me in the ribs and kneed me in the gut. I was left in pain cleaning up the mess.