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Pranks

TV Poltergeist

TV Poltergeist
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Feeling evil? This pocket-sized device will wreak havoc with your friends’ TV, randomly turning it off without human intervention. Just make sure you let ’em know the truth before they call tech support.

Olivia Munn Punks Intern

Olivia Munn Punks Intern

Asylum intern Kyle Moffatt was insanely excited when he heard that Olivia Munn was dropping by for a photo shoot at their building. Asylum’s editors ask Munn to mess with Kyle, and she agreed.

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Fun with Costco

Fun with Costco

If you’ve ever shopped at Costco, you’re familiar with those non-descript price tags on the shelves. Rob Cockerham coordinated a prank to swap them out with some slightly more entertaining ones.

Video: Math Class Shadow

Video: Math Class Shadow

Matthew Weathers of Biola University plays a harmless but funny April Fools’ prank on his math class by making it look like his shadow was messing with him and his computer.

Subversive Street Signs

Subversive Street Signs

Vandalism is bad, kids, but we can’t help but chuckle at TrustoCorp’s Subversive Street Signs; none of them endanger the public welfare while maximizing (and befuddling) public mindshare.

Little Billy’s Letters (Book)

Little Billy’s Letters (Book)
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It’s a bit hazy ethically, but Little Billy’s Letters is indeed a prank-de-force; praised by master hoaxer Alan Abel, fictional Little BIlly gets real replies from presidents, celebrities, and more.

Bristol Lightsaber Flashmob

Bristol Lightsaber Flashmob

100 Star Wars fans is a tiny Comic-Con at best, but this Bristol Lightsaber Flashmob makes up for it with sheer Force of will; it took place 2/13/2010 at a shopping mall in England.

Carried in New York City

Carried in New York City

Chicago may be the city of Big Shoulders, but New York is the city of Strong Backs: Comedian Mark Malkoff gets carried 9.4 miles up Manhattan Island by complete strangers.

Video: Real Good Chairs

Video: Real Good Chairs

Part good-natured prank, part social experiment, Blu Dot Studio randomly leaves 25 of their chairs on Manhattan streets, tracks who “curb-mines” them, and then interviews them.

Operation Yule Storm

Operation Yule Storm

Watch as Operation Yule Storm takes place on 12/12 at 1212 hours in San Francisco; it tasked the 12th Nutracker Regiment with escorting Santa, Jesus, and other North Pole VIPs.

Prank: Handbell Strikeforce

Prank: Handbell Strikeforce

It may sound like the latest Steven Seagal flick, but the Guerilla Handbell Strikeforce has purely peaceful aims: it’s a 13-member choir that randomly helps Salvation Army bell ringers.

Funny: Where’s Rob

Funny: Where’s Rob

You can always count on the kindness of Knicks fans: Where’s Rob features Agent Lathan getting lost at a basketball game as a growing number of spectators try to guide him home.

Funny: The Farting Turkey

Funny: The Farting Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving, readers! Prankster Jack Vale takes to the streets with a flatulent fowl that’s been stuffed too early in The Farting Turkey; sounds are courtesy of The Pooter.

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Funny: I Love Lunch

Funny: I Love Lunch

Improv Everywhere continues its food pranks with I Love Lunch (watch Grocery Store Musical and Food Court Musical); it’s set in the Trump Tower atrium with a cameo by TTS’ Ann Curry.

Grocery Store Musical

Grocery Store Musical

Improv Everywhere’s Grocery Store Musical is a produce production you’ll go bananas over: a follow-up to Food Court Musical, it involved six actors and numerous hidden cameras.

Video: Hand From Above

Video: Hand From Above

A boon to Monty Python fans everywhere, Hand of Above is an art project in Liverpool which superimposes a giant hand over live crowd videos on a billboard: squish, poke, fling!

Subway Yearbook Photos

Subway Yearbook Photos

Improv Everywhere hits NYC again, but this time with pants: Subway Yearbook Photos is definitely one of their subtler, gentler pranks as they pose as official photographers for MTA.

Yes Men Fix The World

Yes Men Fix The World

Premiering in select locations starting 10/7, Yes Men Fix The World is our kind of movie: the Yes Men are pranksters that inject honesty into political and business spin machines.

Funny: Hit and Run Hula

Funny: Hit and Run Hula

Flash mobs can be annoying, but nobody can turn down Hawaiian music: staged by a San Francisco hula school, the Hit and Run Hula troupe does exactly that at an Apple Store.

Video: Ikea-Guillotine

Video: Ikea-Guillotine

From cost-cutting to head-cutting: pranksters reinterpret Ikea’s reputation for efficiency with SOKKOMB, an easy-to-assemble guillotine made out of solid pine with a stainless steel blade.

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MP3 Experiment Six

MP3 Experiment Six

Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiment Six takes over New York’s Roosevelt Island with 2,000 folks listening to the same MP3 at the same time and following its goofy instructions.

Hammer Pants Dance

Hammer Pants Dance

Break out the balloon pants: this flash mob stunt for A&E’s Hammertime has a horde of dancers invading a Los Angeles clothing store and doing “U Can’t Touch This”; why, MC, why?!

Book: Causing A Scene

Book: Causing A Scene
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Improv Everywhere’s pranks are pretty well-known, so we’re happy to hear they now have a book out: Causing a Scene is a behind-the-scenes look at their pranks over the past 8 years.

Video: $2 Deluxe Hugs

Video: $2 Deluxe Hugs

Greg Benson of Mediocre Films muscles his way in on a Free Hugs guy’s racket with his own $2 Deluxe Hugs; our favorite part is at 3:14: “So what can I get for, like, a 20?”

Real Life Pac Man

Real Life Pac Man

French prankster Rémi Gaillard (remember his Real Life Mario Kart) is back again with Real Life Pac Man; it’s disturbingly asinine a-la MTV’s Jackass, but we couldn’t help laughing anyway.

The T-Mobile Dance

The T-Mobile Dance

Sure, it’s a rip-off of Improv Everywhere’s pranks, but this Saatchi & Saatchi conceived ad for T-Mobile is top-notch stuff; it was filmed with 350 dancers in London’s Liverpool Street Station.

Video: No Pants 2009

Video: No Pants 2009

Improv Everywhere’s annual No Pants subway ride went off without a hitch (or britches) on January 10, with over 2,500 pantless riders in 22 cities around the world. Mmm, legs…

Video: Welcome Back

Video: Welcome Back

Best known for their No Pants and Best Buy pranks, Improv Everywhere’s Welcome Back is a bit more tame but still quite funny: watch as they welcome random strangers at an airport.

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