In the end, it seemed it HAD to involve a sales guy. Yes, there were fantastic pranks played on co-ops, on and new hires, on secretaries and purchasing agents, but in the end, nothing makes us laugh more than the misfortunes of a sales guy.
So, on this, April Fool's Day, we crown Bob Stevens the winner of the inaugural contest with his entry: Engineering Practical Jokes How to shut the sales guy up . Bob wins prizes including a whoopee cushion, perfect for throne as champion.
You cast your vote for 10 finalists, and Bob was the runaway No. 1. Here are the finalists and vote totals:
How to shut the sales guy up (Bob Stevens)
What happens when the lights go out (Harold Rabbie) 12 votes
The unresponsive monitor (Dave Bassett) 11 votes
Say Cheese! (Change pants later) (Erik Margan) 9 votes
Practical jokes, video edition (Lee Ritchey)
Irish eyes weren’t smiling (David Ashton) 7 votes
What a relief (Chris de Courcy-Bower) 5 votes
Not just blowing smoke (Ken Neltnor) 5 votes
Stupid printer tricks (Thomas Hildebrandt) 4 votes
Practical jokes, video edition (Tiffany Frankovich) 1 vote
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