Have you ever played a trick on Grandma?

@James72 (26829)
Australia
December 5, 2008 3:44am CST
Or any other older member of the family for that matter..... Last night I added some Skype credits to my account and decided to call my Auntie and Grandmother in the UK. I saw both of them in London around 3 months ago, but I haven't spoken to my Nanna on the telephone in well over a year. She is in her early 80's now. When I called her, at first I pretended to be a telemarketer! I was asking if this was (Her full name) on the phone etc and she was getting quite wary! lol. I of course quickly pointed out it was me and we ended up having a nice conversation for about ten minutes. (Well I HAD to point out it was me quickly as she was about to hang up on me and even after telling her it was actually me, she took some convincing! lol). So have you ever play a harmless prank around on Grandma or any other older family member just for fun? I just couldn't help myself really! Hahahaha.
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8 responses
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
5 Dec 08
That's sweet, pure fun! Again makes a difference in life! My grandma was a terrific smart lady. She was beyond and above all the usual superstitions even in her hay days. We were and still are very proud of her. My cousin brothers and her grand son-in-laws used to have fun talking to her, poking her, teasing her and cuddling this fair, spirited thing called OUR DIDA. One day, my cousin brother rang from US and asked her to talk to his girl friend. He wanted to tease her for he thought she would be upset over his decision to marry a foreigner. Dida, surprisingly told him that she couldn't talk to a FIRANGI since she didn't speak English! When his girl friend, now wife, who was an Indian, came on phone to apologies, she said in blatant Bengali dialect that she couldn't marry her man and if she had to , she could but over her body!! The girl bursted out laughing and their pranks fell heavy on them.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
Hahahaha. Grandma turns the tides! Grandma, game.... Set..... And match! lol. It is great to see that she did become your cousin's wife as there will always be this story to share as apart of the tale of how they got together and married. My Grandma is pretty sharp for her age too and has a wicked sense of humour at times. I have very little interaction with her, but you can bring up any subject really and she is perfectly fine to talk about it. She also has no issues in telling you very bluntly to blow it out your own butt if you overstep the mark! Thanks for the response mimpi and you are lucky to have such a fun family around you.
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@riyasam (16567)
• India
5 Dec 08
well,i did do a prank on my aunt.my parents are orthodox in their views about anything and everything,my aunt is double orthodox.one day,i did call her mobile and asked for her son,i am glad she didnot have an heart attack.she was like who are you,where are you from,what do you want,etc etc.she was so panic-stricken that she didnt even recognise my voice(i had tried to camoflage it) nor my phone number all my grandparents are not alive except for my paternal grandma,she is 95 and not keeping good health.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
Not you too riya???? You should be damn well ashamed of yourself! "Double orthodox" sounds a tad scary actually! Given how conservative she appears to be, I am not surprised that you caused her such distress with your phone call! My Grandma is the only Grandparent I have left as well unfortunately and she is in her 80's. Your paternal Grandmother has lived an amazing number of years herself! I hope her health can stabilize for her as much as possible too. Thanks for the response.
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@riyasam (16567)
• India
5 Dec 08
Not you too riya???? You should be damn well ashamed of yourself.what is that supposed to mean??????????
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
Picking on elderly relatives like this is just not acceptable riya. God help you when your own kids decide to do the same!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
5 Dec 08
Grandma, didn't ground you ?. Remove you from her will ? Come to think of it i have tried and nearly pulled it off on my Aunt. I did not know she had a caller id device attached to her phone. She played along for a couple of minutes and then surprised me back. Made me feel quite stupid actually. I'm going to have a go one of these of days on an old Uncle who was known for his pranks . Let's see what happens.
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
5 Dec 08
Well since Grandma knows and expects these pranks from you, keept it Happening James. The more the merrier and a hefty allowance you shall have. I'll share the uncle version of this, but this uncle is quite eccentric at the same time too. May just pull out the plug, smash the phone and parcel it to me. I remember playing a prank with a close friend on his Grandfather when we were kids. He was a retired cop who carried his service pistol and cycled around. He had absolutely no sense of humour and when we did play a prank he actually unholstered hos pistol and waived it in the air while being all red in the face.Tell you, we nearly peed in our pants.
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• United States
5 Dec 08
I have been sitting here trying to remember any pranks I might have pulled on elderly members of my family. I honestly cannot remember doing anything like that. However, Hubby and his cousin used to sit at the table with their Grandmother and just mouth words. Grandmother would think something was wrong with her hearing aid, take it out and adjust it, put it back in. The guys would then just say a word here and there, out loud. Again, she would adjust the hearing aid. She would finally turn it all the way up, the guys would start talking in a normal tone, which was way too loud for Grandmother and her hearing aid. Then, they would ask her if she was ok, because she would yank the hearing aid out, turn it down, and frown. She would tell them that she thought she needed new batteries, or something because she was having trouble with the thing. They would just look at each other and laugh. They never did tell her that they were playing a trick on her.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
Hahahaha. I have always wanted to do this actually! Talk really, really quietly or just poretend to talk and then when they turned the hearing aid up, start to yell! Probably not too good for their heart though! So you mean to say Bo that even your own kids have never hidden the doodler's beads or something like that? I would have expected more from your junior bohemians! Thanks for the response and maybe it's time to up the ante in the prank department again?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! P-R-E-T-E-N-D!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
Beads have always frightened me too Bo. They're all round and solid and have these little holes in them and stuff. This may explain the Grandkids fear as I am surely not alone in my own attotude towards 'em. What I have never understood about April Fools Day is how ANYONE gets away with any pranks at all to be honest. It's APRIL FOOLS DAY for God's sake?? Do you not EXPECT someone to try to take the mickey on this day?? But people get taken every year regardless! I reckon the government should have a go at an April Fool's prank! Another War of the Worlds special or somethin'.
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@SViswan (12065)
• India
14 Dec 08
I'm not the prank playing kind (rather boring!) and I wouldn't dare do it to my paternal grandmother who was a woman with an iron will. Since she couldn't run after me, she would remember all my little mistakes and pinch we when she got the opportunity (sometimes days after the incident when I would unknowingly go near her).
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Dec 08
Heya Sandhya! Nice to see you back. Having a Grandmother that CAN'T run after me would have been a good incentive when I was a child! lol. Neither of my Grandmother's were/are too serious either so I guess that also helps. If an iron will was the flavour of the day then things may be different I think! Thanks for the response.
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@SViswan (12065)
• India
14 Dec 08
You sure are lucky you didn't have my grandmother......but a lot of her training held me in good stead when as I grew older. She's still around and does gve me a verbal spanking once in a while when she gets me on the phone (for old times' sake..lol).
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Dec 08
Hahahaha. At least she's a traditionalist then Sandhya!
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@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
5 Dec 08
Hahahahahaha. I have not played any prank lately that I could remember. Well! My mother's mummy, 'Naani' as we call her, is a strict disciplinarian and any of the grandkids dare even so much as jump or laugh loudly. Leave alone the prank part. The less in her sight,the better. Phew!! Sweating already,at the mere thought. Its a different story with my father's mother,'Daadi'. She is a mild person, but a non-demonstrator. Her favourite past time is sleeping. This is an incident when I was very little. At that time she was about 70. I remember one afternoon when she was sleeping and my mom was feeding my newly born sister in the other bedroom. I was hungry and too young to reach the shelf for snacks. I tried waking her up and she wouldn't. So I climbed the bed and jumped hard and continuous.It was great fun seeing her bounce in her sleep. lol. eventually she woke up and to my pleasant surprise didn't get angry at all. She then gave me what I wanted. I feel embarrassed now whenever I recall.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
Heya Daffodil! Thankfully neither of my Grandmother's exhibit any disciplinarian behaviour. I only have the one left now unfortunately, but she is so down to earth it's amazing! So you used your dear old Daadi as a trampoline then? It's great that she was patient enough to just take it with a grain of salt in the end and help you get your snacks! lol. Thanks for sharing this story.
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• United States
6 Dec 08
my grandmother is 84 this year..and pretty spry for her age! she is also the type of person that when you are having a conversation with her and in the middle of a sentence you yell BOO! she will scream..and then of course whack you one lol! ok this was absolutely hilarious to me of course...in the back yard, we had a toad that was vacationing. we'd see him once or twice a week, but he'd never let me catch him. (yeah i try to catch everything, neat bugs, toads, snakes, spiders lol) after having always told grandma (who lives with me) that i ALMOST got him that time, over and over again..one day i FINALLY did catch him! and brought him to the back door for my 13yr old to see and pet, she told grandma that id caught him as she came out back. well of course the toad peed on me..after being petted and looking annoyed for a couple of minutes i put him back in his little cubbyhole and went inside and thoroughly washed my hands with hotwater and lots of soap..well cause toad pee is pretty gross lol! i did NOT dry my hands..instead i left them dripping wet and went into gradmas room and told her "i got him but he peed on me" and then i SHOOK ALL THE WATER OFF MY HANDS, while standing right in front of her!! LMAO! she got sprayed and immediatly started yelling and jumped up to whack me one..but i ran of course..cant let grams get too close or she will hold on and that enables her to land more whacks LOL! man she was mad! i was laughing so hard i very nearly peed my own pants..and went back in telling her how it was only water that i DID wash my hands! and then i ran again. it took her probably 2 hours before she came out and was laughing and telling me that i better never do that again! but she was laughing so that was good! being so proud of my accomplishment.i told many family members about it..it is apparently unanimous that it was a "MEAN THING TO DO TO GRANDMA..but it is funny..dont tell her i said that!" aaah..hehe, man that was great! quite proud of that one!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
6 Dec 08
My Grandmother is around the same age Cinder and she is mentally as sharp as a tack! I have experience of toad pee myself actually! There are many of them in my home state of Australia and they spray fluid all over you when you grab them. It's really disgusting, so no wonder she freaked out! Your Grandmother definitely sounds like a good sport and you must have a heck of a lot of fun with her. At least the older she gets, the easier it is to escape the whacks too. lol. You can't ask for more than that! Thanks for the response and for sharing your story.
@mayhem23 (185)
• Canada
5 Dec 08
Yes, I have. I once went to her place for halloween when I was younger and decided to scare her with my costume. She thought I was a robber so I ran into the house and pretended to steal stuff. She was about to call the cops when I told her it was only me.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
5 Dec 08
Hahahahaha. Gotta love Grandma's! lol. You must have done a great job with your costume if you managed to convince her this well! What I do wanna know though mayhem, is whether you were able to get any of the good stuff into your pockets before telling her who you really were? Thanks for the response.