Normal people perform pranks with simple objects, like whoopie cushions. Scientists in a lab? They've got access to more serious equipment, such as a pneumatic cannon. This poor guy.
Yes, the white coats at SeQuant set this ridiculous thing up and sent a coworker flying. Part of me thinks this is a hoax, as it's a pretty brutal launch, but a much bigger part of me wants to believe it's real. So: it's real. Yet another reason to avoid nerds!