This article is from the Shenanigans FAQ, by Michael Moncur altshen@REMOVETHIS-starlingtech.com with numerous contributions by others.
- Physically harmful things, such as putting Nair in a shampoo bottle,
ex-lax in someone's food, or sugar in their gas tank.
- VANDALISM. Putting bubble-bath in a fountain, breaking things,
repainting people's mailboxes or houses. Sometimes funny, but these
are pranks, and usually illegal, and not shenanigans.
- THEFT. Switching price tags (if you actually BUY the things),
stealing books from libraries, etc.
- RUDENESS. Saran-wrapping toilets. Throwing water balloons at
someone who wasn't expecting them. Anything that forces someone to
change their clothes.
Bear in mind that there can not be a solid list of "what is/isn't a
shenanigan", since it varies depending on the victim. For example,
throwing water balloons at businessmen is not a shenanigan, but
throwing them at your brother may be okay; throwing water balloons at
me is okay, but throwing them at Bill Clinton is a Felony in the
One final rule... When in doubt, post it anyway. The worst that can
happen is a silly flamewar, and when a flamewar happens on alt.shenanigans,
it's hard to tell if it's real or fake. Also, notice that every time a
flamewar erupts someone will make the classic "So, was your posting
supposed to be a shenanigan?" post. Watch for it.