Happy April Fool’s Day. And to mark the occasion of my first Story Telling Sunday this year I thought I’d tell you about a jolly little scam we played on a very deserving fellow while I was at University.
Sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.
We were in our first year and the Block Five Boys were full of jokes. I don’t recall all the pranks they played that first year. There were the usual move all the contents of someone’s room out and onto the grass type things, but this one took meticulous planning and an inordinate number of people to pull off. Maybe this one sticks in my mind because I was involved and the mark, Alan, was not just in my Halls of residence but also on my course.
We collected together paper, envelopes and a John Bull printing set and created a pile of letters for all the first year guys on Alan’s block (who were all in on it) and put the lot in the pigeon holes. Now this letter purported to be from the University Medical Centre advising all first years that they had to have a VD check up. He was given an appointment time to co-incide with Taff’s (a fellow instigator) physio therapy appointment, so that the scam could be witnessed. Another twist was the instruction to drink a pint of water an hour before hand, so that he would be able to provide a sample. Some guys were given earlier appointment times to allow elaboration of the horrors and indignities to come and generally build the suspense. One guy even skipped a lecture to add to the realism (although that didn’t take much inducement!)
Anyway the appointed time came and Alan excused himself to leave early from his lecture, having spent the last few minutes with his legs VERY firmly crossed. We all managed to suppress giggles until he had left the room.
I believe Alan met Taff at the Medical Centre and I hope that Taff might be able to visit this post and leave some detail of what transpired in the comments below. He told us afterwards but it was a long time ago and my memory is fading.
We were sitting in the Hall dining room when Alan got back. By this time of course the word had got round and he was greeted by a massive cheer and round of applause as he walked in. All credit to him, he took it in good part and bowed to the crowd. He also managed to get the last laugh, telling us that the Med Centre were taking it very seriously and were going to do a full investigation!
I wonder what he’s doing now. His first job was with Cadbury Schweppes, so next time you bite into Cadbury’s chocolate remember my old classmate Alan and the VD scam!