The Janoskians are a group of five YouTube comedians from Melbourne, Australia renowned for their cringeworthy pranks
members of the public. Formed in 2010, the group now attracts rock-star welcomes
from hordes of screaming fans when it tours across the world and has signed deals with Sony and MTV.
posted by dontjumplarry
on Aug 11, 2013 -
"I called Joe,"
Stewart remembers, "and asked if he wanted to come to spring training with me. I said, 'The Mets have this pitcher they picked up. They got him pitching in secret, under a big tarp. He has a 168 mile an hour fastball and he plays the French horn and went to Harvard and he was raised in Tibet by Buddhist monks and he pitches with one foot bare and one foot in a boot. And guess what? You're going to be him.'" [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Apr 1, 2013 -
Julia Kristeva wrote about the horror of Abjection
, when the body that formally was considered a unified whole is disturbing to see/touch when the parts are separated. Or it can be really funny, as can be seen when this gentleman pranks
(YT) his friends by making a wig of his own hair. via reddit
posted by saucysault
on Jul 6, 2012 -
A GRAVE JOKE ON UNDERTAKERS — Some malicious wag at Providence, R.I. has been playing a grave practical joke on the undertakers there, by summoning them over the telephone to bring freezers, candlesticks and coffin for persons alleged to be dead. In each case the denouement was highly farcical, and the reputed corpses are now hunting in a lively manner for that telephonist.
uncovers the birth of the prank call
. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Nov 6, 2011 -
Belgium's telecoms companies have a reputation for customer care that is only slightly better than the Gestapo's. Because of divisions among the linguistic areas, monopolies and a disinterest in oversight, the phone and internet companies are notorious for outstandingly poor customer service.
Everyone has a tale to tell. In my case, I had a deal with one company and when my neighbour got connected with a rival firm, instead of putting in a new cable, they literally cut through mine and attached him. They then refused to reconnect me, on the grounds that I was not a customer of theirs.
After five weeks of getting nowhere, I had to pay another company to install a new cable.
Recently a Flemish TV show fought back for all of us
. SLYT. A fine and elaborate prank that needs to be watched to the end.
Yes it is a SLYT but for anyone who has ever had to deal with Belgian telecoms or internet companies, this is entirely justified payback.
posted by quarsan
on Jan 21, 2011 -
In August, Google added a feature to Gmail that lets you make phone calls
— for free, if you live in the US or Canada and you're calling someone in the US or Canada. When you make a call, your number shows up as 760-705-8888. Judging by the nine pages of complaints found here
, the service is often being used to prank, harass and scam people. [more inside]
posted by defenestration
on Oct 2, 2010 -
Phone Sex Pranks
— "Below are prank calls I've made- to phone sex girls. Only thing is, I tell them I'm into some "weird" stuff. They're all 100% real and 100% expensive." He's Gil Ozeri of Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. The weird stuff he's into? Clowns, Jewish mother stereotypes, old-timey barbers and Clippy. Yes, Clippy of MS Word infamy. [nsfw, natch]
posted by Kattullus
on May 28, 2007 -
Art of Bleeding:
The first time
Mr. Outerspace died, it was to serve
the greater good of cleaning the Cacophony Society's gutters of useless hangers-on and lazybones. The second time
, it seemed to serve no purpose at all. Some of us are hoping the third time
will be the charm. You might not think you know his art, but you do
. RIP Peter Geiberger, 1979-2006.
posted by Scram
on Sep 22, 2006 -
Payback is a B****
Someone played one too many practical jokes and/or pranks on some IT guys who had too much time on their hands. Impressive results ensue.
posted by FlamingBore
on Aug 8, 2006 -
Yes, it's another Snakes on a Plane promo
but this one is different: it's fucking awesome. Drop in your friends name (hopefully it's semi-normal and they have it in the db), then fill out some info about your friend, then have it place a call to them. Watch friend freak out when Samuel L. Jackson calls them up and knows all sorts of shit about them. Trust me, it totally freaked me out when someone did it to me today.
posted by mathowie
on Aug 2, 2006 -
is a fun little hack. Select from a list of racy services, get presented with a plausable looking receipt, then cut it out and submit it with your next corporate expense report. Hilarity ensues (or you get fired, which is still kind of funny)
posted by mathowie
on Apr 6, 2006 -
Have you ever wondered why we don't harvest milk from pigs? Or why the Amoco Corporation is always leaving all the lights on in their building in such an energy-inefficient fashion? What the hell is the Grimace anyway? What does Ruth Bader Ginsburg think of the legal problem of Siamese twins, when one is retarded and the other commits a felony? What are the qualifications of the buzzer-pressing "judge" on "$100,000 Pyramid"? Can you crash on the Sultan of Brunei's sofa when you're in town? For many years, Guy Petzall attempted to get answers to questions like these. Sometimes he succeeded
posted by Gator
on Apr 1, 2006 -
Must-haves for your coffee table, lavatory reading, or just killing time on the subway: The Nutritional Benefits of Nose Picking
; Perfecting the Art of Fart Projection (NEVER be blamed again!)
; How to Murder a Complete Stranger (and get away with it) [paging scarabic]
. These and other eyebrow-raising books can be yours, assuming you already have a book that you can put these dustjackets on. FlapArt
: The Alternative Book Cover.
posted by Gator
on Mar 17, 2006 -
What makes a prank great
? The Economist (of all places) is looking for the finest prank in history. I'd be happy just to hear your
finest. "For the most impressively elaborate pranks, however, go to a university campus. Take thousands of bright young things with too much time on their hands, itching to achieve, amuse and misbehave, and splendid acts of delinquency will follow."
See also: Shenanigans
posted by spock
on Jan 8, 2006 -