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Author Topic: May be the funniest prank ever (beware - some may find it horrific)  (Read 941 times)

Offline armychris

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I could not stop laughing at this.

http://www.1003thepeak.com/pages/jackietonyanddonnie.html?article=11469204

MODERATOR EDIT - warning as this is a horror joke on a poor young lady that some may find disturbing. (Including my wife when she watched it over my shoulder, hence this edit)
« Last Edit: July 10, 2013, 01:59:36 PM by SkierBoy »

Offline Adondo

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Re: May be the funniest prank ever
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2013, 11:49:45 AM »
That's pretty good alright. I'm thinking it's now the guy's EX-girlfriend too!  :o

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Re: May be the funniest prank ever
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2013, 11:53:58 AM »
That's pretty good alright. I'm thinking it's now the guy's EX-girlfriend too!  :o

I was thinking the same thing. Or soon to be

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Re: May be the funniest prank ever
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2013, 12:14:15 PM »
I don't understand how anyone can find that funny. Human beings start to develop empathy at around the age of three. To watch someone go through that agony is just horrible. She should sue him for emotional distress - she has the evidence. Seriously, that is not funny. One day, someone will have a seizure or heart attack due to something like this.

I've seen "funny" and that's not it. Not even remotely.

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Re: May be the funniest prank ever
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2013, 12:37:37 PM »
Do that on your best mate as a teenage prank - yes

Do that on your girlfriend or anyone over 21 years old - hell no!!!
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Re: May be the funniest prank ever
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2013, 12:39:47 PM »
Do that on your best mate as a teenage prank - yes

Do that on your girlfriend or anyone over 21 years old - hell no!!!

I agree we done stuff like that in the army as single soldiers I would never do it to my wife but I would to one of my friends. Sorry if I offended anyone

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Re: May be the funniest prank ever (beware - some may find it horrific)
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2013, 01:57:17 PM »
Chris, it didn't bother me too much and I'm young enough it see how this could be considered funny, however I also understand Andy's position so have edited the subject title a bit. And your first post.
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Re: May be the funniest prank ever (beware - some may find it horrific)
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2013, 02:28:26 PM »
Chris, it didn't bother me too much and I'm young enough it see how this could be considered funny, however I also understand Andy's position so have edited the subject title a bit. And your first post.

Thanks for that.

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Re: May be the funniest prank ever
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2013, 07:39:09 PM »
I don't understand how anyone can find that funny. Human beings start to develop empathy at around the age of three. To watch someone go through that agony is just horrible. She should sue him for emotional distress - she has the evidence. Seriously, that is not funny. One day, someone will have a seizure or heart attack due to something like this.

I've seen "funny" and that's not it. Not even remotely.

I'm with you on this.  We can watch this and think it's funny because of her reaction and how it was set up.  But, what she was feeling at the time -terrified- is not funny.

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Re: May be the funniest prank ever (beware - some may find it horrific)
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2013, 11:50:39 PM »
I've thought about this a lot in the last week since posting that. It's clear that some people find  others' terror amusing (sometimes deliriously so) and some don't. At first I didn't see even where the humour came from, but I guess it's the dramatic irony of knowing that the person is in no danger.

I confess that I have myself changed. As a child I loved "Tom and Jerry" but recently I found some episodes on the Internet and hated the violence. I think the difference is that as a child I made little distinction between custard pie embarrassment and being sliced to pieces by a fan blade.  Today, it's everything. I cannot avoid feeling for the victim and even if it's a cartoon, the constant self-reassurance "it's a drawing, it's a drawing" drowns the humour that was there in the storyline.

I can draw similarities to the elevator ghost prank. Here are some references with observations. In this one:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/11/26/this-could-be-the-scariest-cruelest-prank-of-all-time/
the extreme variation in comments is notable. It's either pee-your-pants hilarious, or inhuman. Why do we vary so much?

And by the way, I think the "heart attack / sue" aspects are distractions. Half the world doesn't like the fact that this stuff is found funny by the other half, and we're looking for a good "reason". You can find plenty, as detailed here:
http://jonathanturley.org/2012/11/28/tort-or-joke-elevator-pranks-raises-the-question-of-liability-after-the-laughs/
but let's be honest, that's NOT the real reason - it's an excuse - the real reason is that it's offensive to find it funny because of the schadenfreude. It's tempting to find stories of pranks gone wrong such as this one
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/archive/ghost-prank-fail-controversy-grows-in-indonesia/
in the hope that this will persuade people that "pranks that hurt people emotionally aren't funny" where conventional reason seems likely to fail in the face of that dreaded "hilariously funny" reaction.