From Sunday Miscellany Live at Christmas, listen to Ross O'Carroll Kelly creator Paul Howard's story of an epic schoolboy prank...

We walked the length and breadth of Ballybrack, dragging my mother's red, tartan shopping trolley behind us, knocking on doors, asking people to donate food items for the grocery stall.

At the end of the night, we went back to my house and emptied our bounty onto the kitchen table. It was mostly tins. Heinz spaghetti spirals. Yellow pack tomato soup. Bachelor's processed peas. Tesco’s own-brand prunes in their own juice. Del Monte mixed fruit cocktail...

As we sat at the table, doing an inventory of the tins, I suddenly had an idea. How funny would it be if we swapped around all the labels? If we took the label off the pineapple rings and stuck it on the cock-a-leekie soup? If we took the label off the peach slices in their own juice and stuck it on the salmon chunks in brine? If we took the label off the Scotch broth and stuck it on the pear halves?

Very funny, we decided...

Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays 9.10 - 10am - listen back here.

Photo: Ailbhe O'Donnell