Professor 'foiled' by aluminium student prank

275x250.jpg A university professor has returned from holiday to find his research students had 'foiled' him with an elaborate prank -- they'd covered his entire office with foil.

Chemistry Prof Scott Bur couldn't believe his eyes when he opened the door to his office at Gustavus Adolphus in Minnesota and was confronted by the mass of aluminium.

His research students had covered everything, from walls and furniture to books and his computer with the kitchen foil. They'd even gone to the effort of separately wrapping pens on his desk.

Scott says he later found out they'd used 10, 200ft rolls of foil and spent almost an entire week on the stunt. Well you know what they say: "When the cat's away, the mouse will decorate with foil".
275x250.jpg The decorating of his office is something of a yearly tradition and he's previously returned to see it decked out as a pirate ship and with a princess theme.

But he says the students this year outdid themselves. "The attention to detail was truly overwhelming.

"Every book was individually wrapped.  Not only was a box of kleenex wrapped, but an individual tissue was wrapped and put back in the box for effect.  It's like nothing I've ever experienced before."

Asked if he was ever tempted to prank the students back he said: "I pulled my share of pranks when I was younger.  Mostly when I was away at some summer camp or another.  

"But as a professional, I've toned it down. I have been an accessory to other pranks that students have pulled."

Most of the foil is still in place as Scott says he has a couple of important deadlines next week and hasn't had a chance to unwrap everything yet. Once removed he says the foil will be recycled.

Gustavus Adolphus
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