Decades-old Donut Prank

Two former Junior High teachers have been giving each other the same donut as a gift for 37 years. From

In 1971, Mrs. Ross, longtime language arts teacher at the junior high, brought a doughnut to school to enjoy on her break in the teacher’s lounge. She and Mr. Nelson already enjoyed teasing each other, but on this day, Mr. Nelson took things to another level.
He hid Mrs. Ross’s doughnut. And then the doughnut disappeared. Did he eat it?
“I hid the doughnut but I did not eat the doughnut,” swears Mr. Nelson. “Someone else may have eaten it, but I did not.”
Be that as it may, the doughnut disappeared, and he was correctly identified as the thief. Mrs. Ross then bought another doughnut, glazed, and gave it to Mr. Nelson so that he would no longer have to resort to doughnut thievery.
“I thought he should have a doughnut of his own,” she says. “I think I bought it at a dime store.”
That is where things stood until Mrs. Ross’s next birthday, or maybe it was Christmas, they can’t remember which — this was 37 years ago after all, so we will give them a break. Mr. Nelson put the doughnut in a box, gift wrapped it and gave it to Mrs. Ross.
It has been passed back and forth ever since...
This tradition eventually became legendary at the Chatham school. Mr. Nelson sometimes directed one or two of his students to go down the hall to Mrs. Ross’s room with the gift box, hoping she wouldn’t realize who it was from until it was too late. The doughnut sometimes turned up in either teacher’s school mailbox.

Mr. Nelson currently has the donut in his freezer. He's plotting when and how to give it to Mrs. Ross, who is now 93 years old and living in a retirement community.

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Posted on Sun May 11, 2008


Ahh, teachers lead such exciting lives...
Posted by Henri James  on  Mon May 12, 2008  at  12:21 AM
I think it's cute.
Posted by petitechatte  on  Mon May 12, 2008  at  12:06 PM
Yeah, it is kind of sweet!
Posted by Madmouse  in  Edinburgh  on  Mon May 12, 2008  at  03:59 PM
I have the same thing here with a friend at work - We've had the same chocolate frog going back and forth in the internal mail now for about two years - Sure, it's nowhere near as long as the dognut thing has been going on, but it's funny coming up with new ways of getting it delivered without her knowing that it's the chocolate frog (including having it delivered via a courier to the front desk and making her sign for it)...
Good waste of the company budget lol
Posted by Puck  on  Mon May 12, 2008  at  07:57 PM
I have given salami to a lot of my friends, but I don't ask to be repayed in kind, but I do ask that they pay it forward, and give others the salami. It's a tough tradition to continue sometimes, but I do my best to keep it up. Want a bite?
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue May 13, 2008  at  12:37 PM
My brother and I had a thing like that going on for about a year. We kept pasting a sticker that we nicknamed "Karsh" in books, notebooks, IDs, etc. The point was to make it appear in the oddest places for the other person! Eventually, Karsh ran out of stickiness, and we had to rely on glue, and then disappeared. Or maybe it's somewhere waiting to be found...
Posted by MrCraywire  on  Wed May 14, 2008  at  09:18 AM
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