Here's one from way back which I hope you will enjoy.
As a young lad (yes I'm
English) I was always amused by our office "War of the Roses", which like its precedent
was fought between protagonists from the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire. In this
case two Section Leaders. The guy from Yorkshire was always playing tricks on his opponent,
who used to fly into spectacular tantrums.
On this particular ocasion, the Lancastrian
had just taken delivery of about £30,000 of special development computer. The other
guy ran a length of plastic tubing (ok, wide bore heat-shrink sleeving for the technophobes)
from the back of this computer to the adjacent office. When the unsuspecting fall guy
turned on his pride and joy, the (by now hysterical) prankster lit up a cigarette and
blew smoke down the tube.
On seeing smoke the Lancastrian screamed, hit the power
breaker, smashed the nearest fire alarm and set off a fire extinguisher. All over the
computer. Unfortunately, the nearest extinguisher ejected a horrible sticky powder.
Meanwhile in the next office, laughter turned to panic and, after hurriedly winding
in the tube, the yorkshire gentleman proceeded rapidly to the exit.
£15,000 to refurbish.
Lancastrian: Praise from management for putting out a potentially
huge fire at great personal risk.
Yorkshireman: Relief he got away with it.
rest of the office: a Priceless anecdote!