Devilish Pranks I used to play: (I'm not sure if I spilled my guts on this one or not, but the other day I spoke to a friend and co-worker of some years. We reminisced about a few of the "good ones" I used to play on some of the guys. Here's one that made us laugh.)
My town truck was parked in one of the garage bays and I was checking the motor oil and other fluids. I had just looked at my watch before ducking under the hood. One of the guys came in and asked me what time it was. I said to him, "Oh come on! My hands are all oily and I'd have to pull up my sleeve to see my watch." Then I said to him, "Oh never mind my watch." I looked up to the overhead lights and then down to the floor. Then without hesitation I said, "It's 3:18," and started to lean back under the hood as another co-worker walked in. The first one asked him what time it was and looking at his watch answered, "3:19." Dumbfounded, the first one asked me how I could tell the time the way I did - without looking at my watch. (I had him hooked! ) I told him I learned that from when I was in the Boy Scouts. I said you could either look up at the sun or a light, pick out the spot on the ground or floor when the head of your shadow is and then count the number of feet from where you're standing up to that spot. I said to him, "Try it out. It's really pretty easy." By this time, the other drivers who were working on their trucks stopped to watch - trying their hardest not to laugh or smile. The poor man looked up at the ceiling light, looked at where the head of his shadow rested on the floor, then started walking toward it - counting his footsteps (heel to toe) out loud as he walked. Instead of stopping at the point where his shadow's head was originally, he continued to walk until he was up against the partition separating two of the overhead doors. We were all smiling by this time. He turned and told me that this doesn't work. Now he wanted me to show him how it works. I said okay.
As I climbed out from under the hood, I asked him if he would get me a couple rags so I could wipe the oil and dirt from my hands. As he turned to retrieve some clean mechanic's rags, I quickly peeked at my watch. He turned around with the rags and handed them to me. Standing in front of him, I wiped off my hands, looked up at the light, then at the spot on floor where my shadow's head was. I walked up to that spot, carefully gauging the distance so my steps would come out to 6 exactly. (I cheated a little with the heel to toe.) When I reached the spot where my shadow's head was he looked at me with an odd face. Then I told him it was 3:25. In disbelief, he asked one of the other drivers for the time. Checking his watch he told him, "3:25!" Turning back to me he asked how I came up with 3:25 out from 6 steps. I told him you have to multiple the 6 by itself which equals 36. Then multiple that by 9 and you end up with 325 or 3:25 PM. Simple!" He just shook his head and said he'd never be able to figure that out.
As the poor man started to walk away, I asked him why he walked all the way up to the partition. He turned and said, "The head on my shadow kept on moving."
Maybe one night I'll share how I got this very same person with my ability to tell time outdoors - without a watch and without being able to see the sun - just by wetting my finger and sticking it up in the air. Yeah, I was a joker back in my day. And I also have a couple that I played on another poor soul that worked with me.