Spiderdog, Spiderdog, does whatever Spiderdog does!
September 5, 2014 3:41 PM   Subscribe


 
I thought some of the fake-gore stuff was kind of unnecessarily violencey, but I have to admit I LOLed so hard around 3:30 when the guy got trapped.
posted by threeants at 3:46 PM on September 5, 2014 [5 favorites]


That's kind of mean.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 3:51 PM on September 5, 2014 [7 favorites]


That's pretty funny, but they were really flirting with disaster in putting a net that someone would be struggling and fumbling to get out of right above concrete stairs.
posted by codacorolla at 3:56 PM on September 5, 2014 [3 favorites]


That poor dog. He thinks he's playing with friends... doesn't understand why no one likes him :(
posted by sbutler at 3:57 PM on September 5, 2014 [14 favorites]


so spider
very loneliness
much friend??
wow
posted by threeants at 3:58 PM on September 5, 2014 [35 favorites]


The elevator was definitely the funniest (and least jerky) part, though it probably would have worked just as well without the 'body'. The costume is fantastic, the idea is great but the execution felt like it went too far on the horror/mean side.
posted by TwoWordReview at 4:00 PM on September 5, 2014 [4 favorites]


Funny! Although the thing that always worries me about pranks like these is that who's to say if the "victim" is armed? These guys are Polish, so that's probably not as much of a concern, but I've seen USian jump scare pranks and I always cringe a bit.
posted by brundlefly at 4:04 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


I don't know about this. First of all, pranks are for jerks, period.

But what bugs me the most about this is that, you know, this is basically just "hey, let's sic a dog at strangers!" with dumb costumes. Yeah, the people you're "pranking" are going to run. You sicced a freaking dog on them.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:06 PM on September 5, 2014


This is mean and not cool on a couple of different levels. It's amazing that no one (including the dog!) got hurt.
posted by Kimberly at 4:10 PM on September 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


Oh, right -- I forgot that MetaFilter lacks a sense of humor on Friday nights because all the fun people are out doing stuff instead of sitting at home on the internet. :P
posted by Jacqueline at 4:12 PM on September 5, 2014 [43 favorites]


Sit Shelob, sit. Good dog.
posted by starman at 4:13 PM on September 5, 2014 [30 favorites]


I don't know about this. First of all, pranks are for jerks, period.

Well this is just flatly untrue.

But what bugs me the most about this is that, you know, this is basically just "hey, let's sic a dog at strangers!" with dumb costumes. Yeah, the people you're "pranking" are going to run. You sicced a freaking dog on them.

Um, no, not at all. Telling a dog to attack someone is completely different from a dog chasing people to play, and it's easy tell them apart at a glance. If the dog was growling or barking, nobody'd think it was a spider. This wasn't a hostile dog, this dog was just looking to dog.
posted by kafziel at 4:17 PM on September 5, 2014 [15 favorites]


I can definitely see getting legitimately startled but, yeah, in order to get footage this crosses the line into actually mean. Seriously, people running for their lives? That's beyond prank. Prank is when somebody jumps and throws their hand over their mouth.
posted by dhartung at 4:18 PM on September 5, 2014 [4 favorites]


Oh, right -- I forgot that MetaFilter lacks a sense of humor on Friday nights because all the fun people are out doing stuff instead of sitting at home on the internet. :P

that's not bad for someone whose two most important men in her life are ben and jerry

sheesh
posted by pyramid termite at 4:18 PM on September 5, 2014 [6 favorites]


It's a great costume and the dog really sells it. A prank is inevitable.
posted by Jode at 4:20 PM on September 5, 2014 [5 favorites]


ben and jerry

Haagen Dazs or GTFO.
posted by Jacqueline at 4:25 PM on September 5, 2014 [3 favorites]


I was scared at first that there'd be something like this happening to the dog.

But once I saw that it wouldn't, it was funny as hell.
posted by bashos_frog at 4:25 PM on September 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


Well this is just flatly untrue.

It's non-consensual sadism committed by sociopathic narcissists.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:26 PM on September 5, 2014 [9 favorites]


MetaFilter: just looking to dog
posted by brundlefly at 4:27 PM on September 5, 2014 [13 favorites]


MetaFilter: It's non-consensual sadism committed by sociopathic narcissists.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:34 PM on September 5, 2014 [27 favorites]


Sys Rq: "Well this is just flatly untrue.

It's non-consensual sadism committed by sociopathic narcissists.
"

So I'm a sociopathic narcissist for taking a picture of my junk with my buddies cell phone and setting it as his wallpaper when he, foolishly, leaves it unattended at the bar? Thanks for the diagnosis, I'll get right on setting up some counselling sessions, sure hope I don't need to be committed.
posted by calamari kid at 4:37 PM on September 5, 2014 [7 favorites]


This is hilarious. And I'm terrified of spiders, I'd be their prime target demographic.
posted by fshgrl at 4:38 PM on September 5, 2014 [4 favorites]


Sys Rq: "It's non-consensual sadism committed by sociopathic narcissists."

You leave Ed McMahon alone!
posted by brundlefly at 4:39 PM on September 5, 2014


As someone who's been know to be hyper-vigilant in the settings used in these videos, I'm not sure what my reaction would be... :-(

That poor dog is gonna get stabbed or shot when its the owner that will have it coming.
posted by The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg at 4:40 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


This wasn't funny because it was mean (although the prank aspect had its funny moments) as much as it was funny because it was a dog doing dog things, but with a spider costume on. I mean, that's basically a spider there acting like a dog, but it seems menacing and becomes misconstrued when it comes with a couple of extra legs. It's like the dissonance of those two realities -- the simultaneous cuteness and potential scariness of it -- makes it humorous.
posted by SpacemanStix at 4:44 PM on September 5, 2014 [9 favorites]


Wait are people reacting to this as if it's not completely staged? Come on folks...
posted by trackofalljades at 4:47 PM on September 5, 2014 [14 favorites]


Wait are people reacting to this as if it's not completely staged? Come on folks...

Fair point.
posted by The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg at 4:50 PM on September 5, 2014


So I'm a sociopathic narcissist for taking a picture of my junk with my buddies cell phone and setting it as his wallpaper

Link?

I confess at laughing really hard when I saw this, but I also wondered if the guy getting trapped in the web was staged.

And the dogs I know don't run immediately to strangers -- they run a bit, oh look bit of wall with dog smell, OMG now I have to pee, ok done, where's my person?

That is a badass dog costume and I expect to see it come Halloween.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:53 PM on September 5, 2014 [4 favorites]


...it was a dog doing dog things, but with a spider costume on.

My husband and I nearly pissed ourselves laughing at spiderdog licking the guy's ears in the elevator.
posted by Jacqueline at 4:55 PM on September 5, 2014 [9 favorites]


Haagen Dazs

Haagen Dazs is Danish for "made in New Jersey" -- joke I heard about 30 years ago.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:55 PM on September 5, 2014


For some reason this one doesn't do it for me, while the Japanese one with the velociraptor, which is pretty much the same gag (perhaps executed better), makes me laugh every time.
posted by thewumpusisdead at 4:57 PM on September 5, 2014 [7 favorites]


I thought it was going to be Maymo the Lemon Beagle and his robot spider.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 5:24 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


that's not bad for someone whose two most important men in her life are ben and jerry

My first thought was that she was a lesbian

My second thought was that maybe she was in an open relationship

And that is a really well-behaved dog.
posted by halifix at 5:28 PM on September 5, 2014


OK, I laughed until I peed but that's because I just got a new puppy who would do that costume proud and I haven't been getting much sleep and my sense of what is appropriate humor is shot...
posted by dness2 at 5:28 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


OMG, I laughed my hard my ribs hurt. That is the best thing ever.
posted by fuse theorem at 5:41 PM on September 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


Oh, right -- I forgot that MetaFilter lacks a sense of humor on Friday nights because all the fun people are out doing stuff instead of sitting at home on the internet. :P

I can't believe you're implying I'm a non-fun person so soon after favouriting my grammar answer. And I liked the video.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 5:47 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


It's a reference to the last time people pooped all over one of my Friday night SLYT FPPs.
posted by Jacqueline at 5:49 PM on September 5, 2014


If comedy is about juxtaposition, then for someone who adores dachshunds and is terrified of spiders this is unavoidably hilarious.
posted by No Robots at 5:50 PM on September 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


Is that why this one has a dog?
posted by halifix at 5:52 PM on September 5, 2014


Oh, and since I lack any awareness of how rude my posts can be, I'm jesting. Thanks for posting this Jacqueline~
posted by halifix at 5:55 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


At 0:51, the guy who was 'surprised' by Spiderdog seems to be walking away in quite a leisurely manner.
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 5:59 PM on September 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


I feel sorry for the dog, too! I can't even really watch this but through the lattice of my fingers. I accidentally saw part of it on the news yesterday and must say if I encountered this prank spider in real life I'd probably die on the spot. I am SO afraid of spiders - even big pretend dog ones.
posted by marimeko at 6:01 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm seriously disappointed in the lack of an upsidedown head on the dog's back, making it into amazing "The Thing" cosplay.
posted by skycrashesdown at 6:07 PM on September 5, 2014 [5 favorites]


Mrs A. and I just howled at this. Stick around for the end credits. "Who's a happy Spiderdog? You are!"
posted by arcticseal at 6:08 PM on September 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


That poor dog. He thinks he's playing with friends... doesn't understand why no one likes him :(

Nah, humans would feel that way, but running away and making high-pitched sounds is like BEST GAME EVER to many dogs because it totally awakens their prey drive. OH BOY, RAPIDLY RETREATING OBJECT, woof!
posted by FelliniBlank at 6:20 PM on September 5, 2014 [3 favorites]


Definitely pushing the envelope. I wouldn't do that here, in the US - someone might get shot. Also, it's hard to know what might happen if someone is running for their life; all caution gets thrown out the window, raising the possibility of a "secondary prank" effect that everyone regrets.

That said: it was clever, and I was amused. Don't try this at home!
posted by Vibrissae at 6:46 PM on September 5, 2014


I was operating under the assumption that this was staged, at least in the sense of "come do this thing I'm making, I won't tell you what it is but I will buy you a beer afterwards. Just act normal. Trust me."

It's just too unsafe for the dog, otherwise.

If I could get my dogs into costumes like this, and they didn't act like they'd spent their lives locked in a dark room every time I take them in public, I would totally dress them up as spiderdogs for halloween.
posted by Lyn Never at 6:51 PM on September 5, 2014 [3 favorites]


Oh, right -- I forgot that MetaFilter lacks a sense of humor on Friday nights because all the fun people are out doing stuff instead of sitting at home on the internet. :P

Shouldn't you be cataloging Game of Thrones theories?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:06 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


That dog is in the the joke.
posted by metagnathous at 7:12 PM on September 5, 2014


I saw a pic of the dog on Facebook but haven't watched the video. now I'm glad didn't. the dog looks precious and I hate the idea of him/her terrifying people without knowing why. miniature dachshunds are so sweet. I don't like the idea of putting them in the middle of a practical joke.
posted by jayder at 7:18 PM on September 5, 2014




My family laughed so hard. That dog, knowingly or not, made folks happy. Those people, knowingly or not, made us roll in the floor laughing. I hope their pacemakers didn't stutter, really I do, but all-in-all a great performance and capture by all parties involved, willingly or not.

Now I'm going to bed, alcohol soothe me along, I beg.
posted by RolandOfEld at 8:30 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


i'd easily watch a whole vid of the dog just running around in daylight in the doofy costume
posted by ghostbikes at 9:10 PM on September 5, 2014 [6 favorites]


Pets are so destructive.
posted by Pudhoho at 10:09 PM on September 5, 2014


That dog is so awesome - you can totally read the doggy body language even under that insanely scary costume.

"Hey! Hi! What are you doing? Hey! You're funny. Hey! Where are you going? Hey! I am coming too! Hey! Yeah, let's all run super fast! Hey! Hi there!"
posted by helmutdog at 11:11 PM on September 5, 2014 [5 favorites]


Telling a dog to attack someone is completely different from a dog chasing people to play, and it's easy tell them apart at a glance.

You meant "easy for me to tell them apart at a glance" right?
posted by wam at 11:42 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]




I'm just relieved nobody kicked the dog.
posted by panglos at 1:40 AM on September 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


OK, I laughed until I peed

I laughed until I peed, but that's just because I was watching it on my phone as I walked to the bathroom.
posted by univac at 2:35 AM on September 6, 2014 [2 favorites]


Jesus christ no. This would freak me the fuck out in a bad way.
posted by Drexen at 4:51 AM on September 6, 2014


It was hilarious. On the other hand, if done to me, it would be absolutely terrifying. So I laugh at the misfortune of others. Does it make me bad, or just human?
posted by hat_eater at 6:06 AM on September 6, 2014


If they really wanted to punch up they should have had a spider pretending to be a dog.
posted by srboisvert at 7:27 AM on September 6, 2014


Count me in with the people with no sense of humour about "pranks" like this. You are genuinely scaring, and quite possibly traumatising people with this sort of behaviour. We'll see how hard the merry pranksters laugh when, as is inevitable, someone dies of a heart attack during one of these japes, or perhaps one of the victims pulls a gun and shoots the perpetrator. I don't think it at all unreasonable to regard this sort of thing as assault.

It really is interesting how members of the same site that seems very fond of putting "trigger warnings" ahead of mere words that might upset people, seems to think that physically terrifying strangers (who may have all sorts of unknown phobias and health issues) is just total big yuks.
posted by Decani at 8:21 AM on September 6, 2014 [4 favorites]


If a friend group or family group or other community includes pranks as a part of its culture and the members assent to that as part of its value system, that's one thing. If that's what was happening here, fine, or if it was staged. But yeah, it's a violation of the social contract to do this sort of thing to unsuspecting strangers -- although I think the social mores about that are really shifting in recent decades, and I'm probably in the minority on that now.

Back when I dated, I dated a guy or two who thought it was acceptable and good fun to jump out from behind a door and scare me or creep up behind me and cover my eyes, and it might have been in their previous relationships, but I disabused them of the notion that this would play in Fellini Peoria. It's one thing to decide to sit down to watch a "scare you out of your chair" movie or if it's something people agree they enjoy doing to each other; then you're in on the joke.

The spiderdog is adorable and hilarious, though. If a housemate wanted to surprise me by having me come home to find my dogs dressed up as the Von Trapp family or a bunch of dinosaurs or something, thumbs up!
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:40 AM on September 6, 2014


I presumed this was staged to a lesser or greater degree. Doing it to totally unsuspecting people would probably have led to some bad result at some point. (Plus, I find it enormously hard to believe that a normal person's reaction to dangling, bloody limbs would be to calmly step back and find the best angle from which to take a picture.)
posted by kittens for breakfast at 2:08 PM on September 6, 2014


IMO, the thing that makes pranks like this and the velociraptor prank funny and not-mean is that there are no dog-sized spiders and velociraptors in (modern-day) real life. So anyone who runs from one in terror is being ridiculous and will themselves realize later how silly and gullible their reaction was.

Whereas, if the "prank" were to have an axe murderer chase people, that would be a totally different thing and very very not cool.
posted by Jacqueline at 12:32 PM on September 7, 2014


Plus, I find it enormously hard to believe that a normal person's reaction to dangling, bloody limbs would be to calmly step back and find the best angle from which to take a picture.

It was pretty obvious even from the low-quality video that the limbs were fake. We're not talking Hannibal-level special effects, here. Plus, real bloody limbs would smell like blood and decay and thus if there was no smell then you'd know they were fake.

So yeah, I could totally see someone stepping back to take a picture of props to post to social media and ask if anyone knew what was up with them.
posted by Jacqueline at 12:36 PM on September 7, 2014


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