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Do you remember any pranks from your high school prom?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 29, 2005

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“We had a couple that each dressed up as the opposite sex. We went to Catholic school, so it was pretty taboo.”

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“My friends brought some beer in a suitcase, and, afterward, we literally went to paint the town. We also stole the bell from the neighboring high school and put it on our football field.”

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“Someone led a cow up to the fourth floor of our school. Apparently cows don’t deal well with going down stairs.”

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“We had a food fight with all the hors d’oeuvres.”


lunacydetector 12 years, 7 months ago

for prom? no.

but.....i had a white cane and dark sunglasses, and i would go with a friend of mine to oak park mall, where he would lead me around as if I was blind. however, he would be deliberately cruel, leading me into pillars, telling me the wrong number of steps, and so on. People would get very upset.


lunacydetector 12 years, 7 months ago

actually, the above story about me is a lie.

jonas 12 years, 7 months ago

Nor did I. Let's see, the chance to spend a lot of money, to go to school on a saturday, with a whole lot of people that I didn't like. hmmmm. . . . .

italianprincess 12 years, 7 months ago

I told my son about todays question and he told me that the seniors at his high school just this week ( senior week is next week ) did something very cruel ( I would think ) to their principle. Apparently this man used to be a priest and he fell in love with a nun. According to what my son heard at school is that he left the church to marry this nun, or they had an affair and got kicked out.

Anyway to make a long story short here.......what the seniors did was mean I think. They ( in black paint ) drew pictures of a mans private part on outside windows, and on the sidewalk with the principles name.

Of course they all got caught somehow ( a snitch ) and may not be able to walk down with their class. My son said these are all very popular seniors also.

Hes a junior now and I told him that if he chooses to participate in a senior prank in his senior year he better not do anything so cruel like these seniors did. I also told him if he gets caught and can't walk down at graduation that would highly upset me. Hes a good kid so I'm hoping he will make the right choice.

Have a great day everyone and TGIF!!!!!!!!!!

neopolss 12 years, 7 months ago

I've heard of much crueler than simply drawing a picture to indicate someone is a ....

Anyhoo, no. Let's talk on something else. This topic blows.

acg 12 years, 7 months ago

I can remember the seniors filling the bed of Mr. Parks'(LHS Dean) little truck with cheerios. That was mildly amusing. I didn't grad at LHS but where I did when we were seniors we stole every yard sign/for sale sign we could find and put it on the lawn of the high school. The establishment was none too pleased. My Jr. year, I was in on the senior prank, too. The guys got together and lifted a not very well liked teachers car and put it in a spot that made it impossible for her to move it without crashing into something. Also mildly amusing. Ah to be young and stupid again. :)

Carrie_White 12 years, 7 months ago

Yes, I do remember one particularly sick and disgusting prank that was pulled on me at my prom.

........And I distinctly remember how I got even with all of them sick bastards that were behind it, too!

Fangorn 12 years, 7 months ago

No, we didn't really have any senior pranks happening when I graduated. We'd occasionally go around moving real estate "for sale" signs to different houses and of course there was always toilet papering, but that was about it.

Redneckgal 12 years, 7 months ago

My boyfreind dumped me for some dumpy little sophmore about a month before prom. So I got even and still am 22 years later. I ask his big brother to prom and he went. I wore this Gone With The Wind hoop skirt dress thing and he had on a sky blue tux. My dad took us to prom in his semi. (try climbing out of one of them in a hoop skirt) Any way we had a great time and ended up getting married about 6 months later. We are still married. I was the sister in law from hell for awhile but got over it. Actually we all get along good now and bro-in-law ended up marrying a really nice gal.

ive_got_my_ascot_n_my_dickie 12 years, 7 months ago

Interesting story, Italianprincess. There's a big difference between a senior prank and vandalism; I'm glad the offenders got caught. Same thing happened at my high school almost 20 years ago. A couple of seniors got busted for spray-painting obscenities on the building. After that, their names became synonymous with stupidity. What a sad legacy to leave behind.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

No prom prank. We did have a senior skip day. A real skip day, without the administration's permission, risking the consequences since each teacher had the power to decide whether or not we would be punished in some way for missing their class. I can't help but laugh when I see the "Senior Skip Day" scheduled on today's school calendars. Naive children that we were -- we thought of ourselves as rebellious :)

The last time I visited the halls of Lawrence High School I was plunged deep into culture shock! First thought: What would Mr. Stuart say! It fortified my belief that the dead cannot return or remain. If that were possible, H.C. would be in those halls, kicking butt and taking names.

raven 12 years, 7 months ago

We did not have any senior pranks that I remember. It is tradition however for the seniors to draw on everyones windows with shoe polish during the last week of class. However the administration knows about it so it is not much of a prank.

bleeding_flower 12 years, 7 months ago

I never had any school spirit (how could anyone at the pathetic hicktown I lived in) but the preppy stuck up seniors always stole this one teachers podium. My senior year though he got them back. He actually put an alarm system on it. It let the whole school know that they were trying to take it. It was damn hilarious. They looked like deer stuck in a headlight.

remember_username 12 years, 7 months ago

Nothing to add, I don't really remember my high school days. I'm surprised consumer1 can remember his. God, I miss the sixties...or at least I think I do.

betti81 12 years, 7 months ago

hey bleeding_flower, I believe we grew up in the same "hicktown", only one place where it is so "cool" to steal a podium and take pictures of it with beer cans and it is "like the best prank ever man". My senior year we didn't pull any pranks because we just wanted to get the hell out of there. But, while decorating for prom my junior year two of our top athletes were busted, one for drinking and one for smoking (they weren't alone though, three other people got suspended with them that day). My junior prom was great, senior year was not as much fun though.

p.s. bleeding_flower, I was most likely one of these "preppy stuck up seniors" you spoke about ;)

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

Can I ask a question? Well, no matter, I will ask it anyway. How do you people feel about the proposal by the Bush gov. for a new Social Security system? And also how do you feel about the present system? If this will open a can of worms, ignore it.

questionme 12 years, 7 months ago

We set a goat loose in the highschool. Of course we shaved '99 on it's side and let it run wild. We would also go in the parking lot and take off people's front license plates and move them to other cars. Other than that, we were pretty tame.

squishypoet 12 years, 7 months ago

Hm... there were no pranks at prom, but there were a lot of really drunk people. Girls being carried down all those stairs at Abe & Jakes by their football player boyfriends because they were too drunk to navigate them in high heels... not to mention the half dozen or so people who walked around all night with huge dark sunglasses to disguise the fact that they were roaring drunk... they sort of ruined the effect by babbling incoherently to anyone who came near, though. Oh yeah, this was last year.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

ms_canada: If posters object we can move to the end of yesterday's line.

I am approaching the proposals as I would a jigsaw puzzle. Right now so many pieces are either missing or uncertain. The option to control a small portion of ones account has been in place for our senators and representatives for some time. Can't help but wonder why they think it is a good idea for themselves but not for the huddling masses. I plan to gather pieces, see if they fit, and form my opinion later.

It seems as if too many people are trying to use the current system as a total retirement package. I thought the original intent of Social Security was to supplement pensions, savings, etc. Could be wrong, have been before.

How does our system differ from yours?

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

At the risk of repeating myself, (this was talked about a month or so back) I will try to briefly explain our system. Every person in Canada, upon reaching 65 yrs. whether you have worked a day in your life or not receives Old Age Security. My currant amount is close to $600/month. Now, in addition to OAS, those who work contribute, as does their employer, to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) in which you have the option to draw from when you reach age 6o. You can defer, but only to age 70. Then you have to draw. The amount you receive depends on your working salary and how much you contributed. In addition to OAS for seniors who have never worked, they may apply for a supplement monthly payment. I can mention some other benefits that seniors enjoy. In addition to the coverage of health care, which all people enjoy, Blue Cross Insur. may be purchased. The benefit for seniors is that those premiums are paid for by gov. Now if this sounds a bit utopian to you all, you will have to be apprised of the fact that we do probably pay a fair bit more in taxes than you folks. I believe that is the case. But, you know what, it seems to suit us just fine.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

That has consistently been the opinion of the Canadian Snow Birds I know from the Rio Grande Valley.

You are right regarding the taxes. However, all things considered, you may have less out of the pocket to achieve better results.

Thanks for the info, sorry I did not read previous posts, I will try to do that.

bleeding_flower 12 years, 7 months ago

betti81: I am from Oskaloosa, Kansas. I didn't mean to offend you about the preppy stuck up seniors thing. I have forgotten and forgiven about most things from high school, but sometimes old habits die hard.

donsalsbury 12 years, 7 months ago

Sadly, some my fellow classmates at LHS were of the dumb criminal variety. A couple members of my class implemented the plan that will forever be known to me as "The Bus Plug Incident". On the Sunday night before senior week started, they went out to the school bus barn near 31st and Haskell, and stole the plugs from the oil pans of every bus in the fleet. Students riding the buses the next morning were, shall we say, quite late to school. Aside from costing the school district aggravation and time, and the bus company a fleet's worth of oil and plugs, the EPA purportedly got involved due to the buses' upstream proximity to the Wetlands. Then these 'geniouses' hid the plugs all around the school library. From what I heard from one of these guys, this was to be only the first of many pranks that week. Actually, it was pretty much the last. The culprits ended up getting caught (I think they boast about it), and senior week was nearly cancelled that year. I thankfully didn't participate in that prank or the ill-advised and (to me) meanspirited 'decoration' of the school. I did get to enjoy senior skip day. The underclassmen were all mad at the seniors for potentially ruining senior week for them in years to come. As for my 'prank' on prom--well, I broke up with my girlfriend a week after that bad enough?

donsalsbury 12 years, 7 months ago

The best senior prank story I've ever heard was told by my father, who was apparantly an underclassman at LHS when the seniors did the following. They went to somebody's farm in the country and stole the outer shell of an old wooden outhouse, complete with crescent moon window. Since the bottom was open, they hoisted the construction over the 'chesty lion' mascot bronze statue in front of the school. My dad said the best part (and what really made the administrators mad) was that when you opened the door to the outhouse, there was the 'chesty lion' whose mouth was normally wide open and roaring--except in his mouth was a big roll of toilet paper!

The postscript to this story is my dad telling how the school ordered the outhouse be dismantled by hand--they didn't think of just lifting it back off of the statue...

Fangorn 12 years, 7 months ago

[If you want to follow the suggested subject of Social Security, keep reading. To stick with the "senior pranks" theme, please skip this post.]

Ask people if they want to reform Social Security, and a solid majority says no. Ask people who they trust more to plan for their retirement, themselves or the government, and they overwhelmingly choose themselves. Once America starts to figure out that this is the same question, nothing Sens. Reid or Kennedy can do will stop reform.

I despise our current system. It is theft, pure and simple. An eighth of my pay is taken to pay for someone else's retirement. And I have no right (according to our government) to the fruits of my own labor. If Congress votes to change the retirement age or the benefits formula, as they have in the past, my return will dwindle further still.

If you die young, it's even worse. My dad died two years ago at age 55, well before retirement. Mom can draw his SS benefits when she retires but would forfeit all of her own SS taxes she's paid throughout her life. Or if she remarries, she can draw her own SS but everything Dad paid over a lifetime of labor is flushed down the toilet. Some type of personal account will allow the funds to be owned by the individual who earned them (italic or bold fonts don't work in this forum and all caps seems too much like shouting, so let me repeat: owned. . .by. . .the. . .individual). You would own it, not the government. You would control it. You could pass it on to your spouse, your children, whomever you choose. If Dad had had access to this type of system, his years of labor would benefit my mom now. As it is, all his hard work has been sucked into the black hole that this program has become.

The proposed reform program would be voluntary. You can choose the current ponzi scheme and hope you survive long enough to see some of your earnings come back to you. I'll choose to own my account, thank you.

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby wrote an informative article on this subject, for those you are interested:

ms_canada 12 years, 7 months ago

F. that is truely a horror story! And as you say robbery. I hope for you all that the proposed system can get the kinks ironed out and that everyone will benefit.

acg 12 years, 7 months ago

bleedingflower, are you talking about Mr. Schmidt's podium?

donsalsbury 12 years, 7 months ago

For my take on social security, I won't waste space here, but I'll provide yet another link to a previous post on my blog:

Three months later, I reread my post, and admittedly it's naively precocious, at least a little bit. Oh well, I hope someone enjoys it, or at least feels like they can comment in the manner of a constructive dialogue.

raven 12 years, 7 months ago

Fangorn: Many people use the current social security system not simply the retired. For instance, people are allowed survivors benefits if the spouse who passes has paid enough in throughout their life. For instance, my father died at age 26 as you said, well before retirement. This left my Mother raising her children alone. She was however, entitled to the survivors benefits which brought in some of the income she was no longer recieving from my father. My parents even at the time when they were married did not have enough money to save. As a matter of fact they had just enough to get by. I believe that is called living "paycheck to paycheck". Just an example of how our current system truley does work.

staff04 12 years, 7 months ago

Not for prom, but somewhere in between prom and graduation, one of my classmates actually stole a set of keys from an administrator, so we would frequently visit the school (this was before the days of alarms and metal detectors) late at night. One night, we went to this little gas station out on the interstate that had one of those giant (like 40 ft diameter) inflatable Turtle Wax promotional turtles, but rather than take it down every night, they would just turn off the fan so it would deflate while the store was closed. It literally took every inch of a full size van to cart the thing off, but we took it to the school and keyed in in the middle of the night. We set it up in the cafeteria, turned on the fan, and left. Kids from my high school still talk about it like its some kind of folklore.

bleeding_flower 12 years, 7 months ago

acg: yes that is the one that I am talking about. However I did over dramatize that a little bit. The whole school didn't hear it, but it was still funny.

betti81 12 years, 7 months ago

bleeding_flower: no offense taken. we all did stupid things in high school. I do believe I am at least a couple of years older than you though, so hopefully I wasn't really one of those you speak of. interesting to see though, that acg also knows the tales of schimdt's podium. acg: when did you graduate?

Hong_Kong_Phooey 12 years, 7 months ago

No, we didn't have a senior prom prank. Though my friends and I had our own fun during the years. We would go up to the local hockey rink(which was outside) in the winter and throw an extra puck or two on the ice when games were going on. That usually caused an extra game or two to break out and the game had to be stopped, etc. There were other's but due to the statute of limitations I will not speak of them here... :-)

remember_username 12 years, 7 months ago

Another SS comment, I've already addressed pranks - so don't peek if you're not interested.

Fangorn - I would like to be in control of my own money - in principle. But the way I see it I'm contributing to the living of those who have come before me. Many of who depend on my paying into SS so they can eat. When it is your turn you'll be paying for me, and I will appreciate that. (I'm assuming you're younger than I am - probably better looking too, all you knights are). Now you can argue that privatizing SS will accomplish the same thing. Maybe, maybe not. I can't get a straight answer out of so many conflicting stories.

But consider this. Nobody is getting rich working in the current SS administration, yet you can be sure that some Banker/Broker corporation types are going to get richer off of your money if the government turns it over to them. You might see some benefit but somebody else is going to see a lot more and I don't trust their motives.

Everybody agrees something must be done for SS and I'm all for fixing things that are broken, but I feel it is fair to pay for the previous generation and believe I should be "assisted" in the same way when it is my time.

bleeding_flower 12 years, 7 months ago

My friends and I didn't pull a senior prank, but we loved to do things that would make people talk about us. For instance me and one friend had fake kissing down to an art. It actually looked like we were making out. Everyone thought we were lesbians. Not that we are cared at the time. Looking back at it though, it was really the stupidest thing to ever do. However we did propositioned by some interesting people and made alot of friends with it.

acg 12 years, 7 months ago

This is going to show my age. :( I graduated in 1991. Many many moons ago, it seems.

italianprincess 12 years, 7 months ago

Don't feel to old , I graduated in 1982.

Now that seems like more moons then ever. LOL

bleeding_flower 12 years, 7 months ago

I graduated in 1999. I would've been in 4th grade when you graduated. But the real age it shows is for Mr. Schmidt's age. He is still teaching at the school.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

Fangorn: The system is truly flawed in more ways than one. Someone who is handicapped before their 22nd birthday can draw Social Security from a deceased parent's account -- unless they marry. Upon marriage they lose that benefit. They are still disabled, still unable to work, and their spouse must be able to assume full financial responsibility. A family member was disabled in college, they had little or no time to build an account with Social Security. The small check would have been the only way they could contribute financially to the marriage and/or family. This change came about in the 80's. It has been devastating to many people. They are often faced with a moral dilemma regarding marriage. This ruling just intensifies the disabled person's concern that they not be a burden to people they love.

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