Eighteen-year-old Magnus Løvland hatched his glittering plan after a group of girls bound him from head to toe in masking tape last autumn. They then carried him to the boys’ halls of residence at the Christian boarding school in Lyngdal, southern Norway, where they left him lying helpless on the floor, newspaper Fedrelandsvennen reports.
Although Løvland admitted he was grudgingly impressed by the girls’ prank, he quickly decided he needed to teach them a lesson.
Last weekend, with the girls away, Løvland got hold of their key, enlisted the help of two friends, and set to work. He derived his inspiration from a TV show he watched recently about a school for astronauts, where one of the rooms was covered in aluminium foil.
The financial cost of the enterprise soon exceeded his expectations, with the 60 rolls of foil setting him back 1,200 kroner ($200). But he absorbed the cost and papered on, convinced that the look on the girls’ faces when they opened the door would be priceless.
And he wasn’t disappointed. In fact, prank victims Trine Josdal (17) and Hildegunn Gyland (16) were so amazed by their schoolmate’s handiwork that they still hadn’t removed the tinfoil from their room by Wednesday.
“We got a shock when we entered the room,” Josdal told local newspaper Agder.
“Everything, and I mean everything, was covered and papered with silver foil. Everything from toothbrushes to light switches, chairs, desks and beds.”
As news of the dazzling silver chamber spread through the school, fellow students soon began dropping by to see it with their own eyes.
“There has been a veritable exodus to our room. But we’ll have to get it in order again soon. We’ve spent the last few nights in a neighbouring room,” Josdal said.
While the girls had a sense of humour about the unwanted redecoration, they have already vowed to plot sweet revenge, and Løvland conceded he was worried.
“They’ll have to go some way to top this. But these are some devious girls, so I don’t feel totally safe,” he told Fedrelandsvennen.