Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Prank Edition....

In honor of April Fool's Day, this edition of "Is it just me" is dedicated to pranks!!!  

Personally I love watching a good prank, heck, I would love to "get" people in some great pranks.  HOWEVER, I can dish it, but I can't take it, therefore I keep all pranks to myself in hopes that no one else does it to little old moi. 
I had some fun looking up pranks in history.  There were two that stood out where the April Fool's prank took the country by storm.  They are the "Taco Liberty Bell" and The "Left Handed Whopper."

"Taco Liberty Bell" - April 1st, 1996. A full-page ad was published in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post and 3 other major newspapers celebrating the sale of the historic Liberty Bell. To help alleviate the mounting U.S national debt, Taco Bell "bought" the Liberty Bell and would be renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. It would be moved to the Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, CA where it would be made available for public viewing.  Thousands of shocked citizens inundated Taco Bell and the National Park Service with phone calls.  It was then revealed that Taco Bell played a Nation wide April Fools' prank resulting in 1.1 million dollars in increased sales over the next 2 days for their restaurants.  LOVE IT

The "Left Handed Whopper" - In 1998: Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans.  According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, "many others requested their own 'right handed' version. (I'm sorry but how stupid did you have to be to fall for that one)

If you're daring and like to pull some pranks on your own this Friday, here are a couple of simple pranks you can do to annoy your co-workers:

The Wrath of Rotation - A simple but quick prank that puts the screen rotation hotkeys to use.  Get to a co-worker’s desk, and hit Ctrl-Alt-up or down to rotate their monitor orientation. To add a little extra flair, also go into the Control Panel, then set their mouse to left-handed. They’ll spend time with their head tilted sideways trying to figure out what the hell is going on.

Disappearing Desktop (I really want to try this one)  Get to a computer, minimize all the windows, and hit the Print Screen key. Paste the captured image into any graphic editing program — even Microsoft Paint will do — then save the file and set it as the desktop background. Then, hide the actual icons on the desktop — put them in a folder somewhere — and your victim will try endlessly to click the nonexistent icons, which are actually just part of the background image. For another variation, leave one program open when you capture the screen and watch as the person tries to click on it, type in it, and close it to no avail.

Mousing Around - So simple, yet effective. If your co-worker has an optical mouse, just put a couple layers of scotch tape over the laser. They'll spend some time trying to figure out why their mouse won't work!

There are plenty more where those came from, check out this site:

If you'd rather enjoy pranks from afar, here are some of my favorites caught on tape, I hope you enjoy!

1. - A fantastic website.  Great videos, funny commentary etc.  What really skyrocketed this site was the now famous "Prank Wars" between Amir & Streeter.  Their prank war has been going on for years and escalating each time.  Definitely take some time and check out all their videos in their entirety on their website.  One of the most recent pranks seen below, is definitely at the top of my list of favorite pranks ever.  Enjoy....

2. You've been "Rick Rolled!"  Don't ask me why, but I find Rickrolling to be both ridiculous and hilarious.  Basically all it entails is the unsuspecting victim goes to click on a link expecting one thing and instead are lead to a music video of Rick Astley's "Never gonna give you up" video!  Sounds stupid right?  Yet this phenomenon of "rickrolling" has taken the internet by storm spawning many rickrolled videos and mashups of the music video and other content.  Check out this hilarious mash-up of the famous Bill O'Reilly flip out mixed with a little Astley.....

3. The z100 Phone Taps!  Predominantly in the tri-state area (now syndicated in other states), Elvis Duran and the Morning Show phone taps are by far some of my most favorite things to listen to ever.  I wish I had the cojones to pull one over on some people I know, but sadly...I don't.  Here's a great one below, as well as a link to plenty more phone taps you can catch on z100!

Now with every good prank, there are bad ones. Here are a few of my favorite pranks gone wrong!!

1. The basketball shot heard around the world.  The setup?  Bascially they tried to copy the famous Amir/Streeter basketball halftime prank.  They told a professor at this college that he would win 2 tickets to the NCAA championship game.  They informed the crowd he would be doing a half-court, blindfolded shot and to cheer as if he made it so to fool him into thinking he won.  Well, they didn't expect this...(jackasses)

2. The "slap" heard around the world. Also another entry from the famous prank war. The set up? How does a marriage proposal at Yankee Stadium, in front of everyone sound? Romantic right? Not when you don't know you're the one doing the proposing! Streeter was attending a yankee game with his then girlfriend (yes they are no longer together) when his "friend" Amir decides to set up a marriage proposal on the jumbotron using Streeter's name proposing to his girlfriend who is there with him. See how it all panned out...

3. Last but not least, an oldie but a goodie. What happens when you try and scare a high school teenager for Halloween? Lesson learned my friend...

I hope you've enjoyed this blog entry as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it!  Have fun this April Fool's day, be safe, and remember, ALWAYS record your pranks!  You never know who'll be watching!  Or maybe it will be just me...


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