This year's April Fools Day prank executed by the LPL graduate students was twofold: first, convert our own atrium into a 1970's discotheque with solar system disco balls, and second, annex the Astronomy Department. For our own department we filled the director's office with balloons, put up posters of him as Austin Powers, covered the Kuiper photo with John Travolta, covered over the atrium with black plastic sheeting for mood effects, and strung the disco solar system from the next floor balcony. For Steward (the astro department), we put an "LPL Annex" sign outside the building, covered over many interior signs with LPL Annex signs, appointed Bob Brown in charge and put up his picture over the old Steward directors, and sent a strategic faked email from the Dean announcing the administrative shift.
Photos are below. Our department appreciated Disco Planet, but the annexation of Steward went far better than anyone could possibly have hoped for. Undergrads were wondering whether they had to switch their majors, and supposedly the head of Steward got a call from Science magazine (email) enquiring into the administrative shift. It doesn't get any better than that.
The ballooning of Drake's office. It's amazing how long static electricity allows balloons to stick to things . . .
Paul with his British Creation. Mike Drake looked surprisingly good stuck over Mike Myers' head, even with Liz Hurley next to him. Mike is, of course, smiling happily.
This is a test-lifting to mark the eventual locations of planets relative to the Sun in their lifted configuration.
The old director's office was moved to the Men's room, but tragically the cleaning crew took this sign away before the morning.
Much to our dismay, duct tape does not stick to dusty concrete, and we unfortunately had to abandon this plan.