I define a prank as a harmless human interaction that leaves no permanent physical residue and gets people thinking and interacting.Â Hopefully laughing.
A couple of years ago, when I first moved into my building, I noticed no one speaks to each other in the elevator.Â I do.Â Â Â Once I sparked a conversation, folks would start talking to each other.Â Â Sometimes I even committed elevator anarchy and stood the wrong way.Â It was fun.
Over time, I realized I was missing something.Â What exactly IS happening up there?Â Why is it that 98.3% of humans watch the numbers in the elevator?Â They lift their chins up and are SO engrossed in those little illuminated digits?Â (41.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot.)
I love technology.Â I do. Â I just didn’t get it?Â So, I went to my neighborhood office suppy store and purchased magnetic printable paper. Â I printed little signs that said
“Why are you looking up here?Â Talk to the person next to you!”
I went in each elevator in my building and JUMPED up to magnetically stick them to the numbers above the door.Â I rode the elevators all morning.Â It was hysterical.Â People really laughed and looked at each other.Â Â Conversation.Â Human connection.Â I wonder if people started dating, got married and had babies all because of my little prank?Â Â (I have seen way to many romance movies)
The signs didn’t last long.Â I got in trouble for it.Â (I am still unsure how they knew I was the perp. )
It is harmless.Â The signs come down really easy.Â They are just magnets.Â They cause people to interact. Â If anyone out there wants the template – just contact me.
I have said, The Human Relationship is the True Currency for a long time.Â What this world needs now is a little bit more pointless friendly human interaction.
If you don’t like chatting the morning – do not get in the elevator with a short gal with red hair at 221 Main Street.