This isn't a joke... IS A MIRACLE!!!
September 17, 2013 7:41 AM   Subscribe

 
How did I know before I looked at the video that there would be New Zealanders involved?

Wait, I worked in a hostel for a decade. It all becomes clear now.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:47 AM on September 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


How do I get my friends to pull this on me?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 7:47 AM on September 17, 2013 [6 favorites]


At the six minute mark he starts taking his clothes off. I assumed he was going to hop into the bath. Apparently he was putting on his overalls to go find out the source of the issue.

Apparently I have gravely misjudged New Zealanders.
posted by MuffinMan at 7:52 AM on September 17, 2013 [21 favorites]


The 10th Regiment of Foot: "How do I get my friends to pull this on me?"

I know, right?
posted by Mister_A at 7:54 AM on September 17, 2013


I wonder how long it will take to get the beer taste out of the water....

Yep. I'm getting old.
posted by Debaser626 at 7:54 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is pretty great, his friends must really love him to go to such lengths. Fortunately for Russ and his wife they didn't choose this day to come home and immediately start having sex. I wish direct camera feeds of Russ's reactions had been used instead of oblique camera shots of the monitor. Also, it could use subtitles. I could understand only about half of what was said.
posted by Daddy-O at 7:57 AM on September 17, 2013


I wonder how long it will take to get the beer taste out of the water....

As long as it takes to run clean water through the pipes. So, once you've hooked the water back up, about thirty seconds.

I don't mean to stereotype New Zealanders, but it's typical that their idea of a major prank on a friend is to do something that amuses and delights him.
posted by distorte at 7:58 AM on September 17, 2013 [49 favorites]


no place if perfect, but by and large the world would be a better place if it was just New Zealand
posted by edgeways at 8:15 AM on September 17, 2013 [13 favorites]


So, it's a beer ad or something?
posted by Annika Cicada at 8:15 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


After a successful and audacious prank, nothing refreshes like a tall frothy glass of a massive ant infestation.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 8:16 AM on September 17, 2013 [11 favorites]


This is how you get drunk ants!
posted by The Whelk at 8:17 AM on September 17, 2013 [22 favorites]


This, this is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. /wipes away tears. A miracle, indeed, and shrine should be erected. A shrine to the best friends ever. Beer fountain would be good.

they didn't beerplumb the loo. Am I the only one who heads there 1st thing on arriving home? all you people with the practical comments need to get some faith. in the healing, healthful properties of beer and friendship.
posted by theora55 at 8:18 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


This isn't a joke... IS A MIRACLE!!!

Or an episode of The Twilight Zone.

It's all miraculous until the first load of laundry in a beer-filled washing machine, then it's a long downward spiral as he loses his friends, family, and job because everyone incorrectly presumes his pungent laundry means he has a drinking problem. To no avail, he tries to tell people that it's just something wrong with his plumbing, but they just tell him to stop playing the blame game and get help...
posted by RonButNotStupid at 8:19 AM on September 17, 2013 [5 favorites]


I figuring smelling like beer all the time would be an asset, not a problem in NZ?
posted by The Whelk at 8:20 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Cold Lurkey: After a successful and audacious prank, nothing refreshes like a tall frothy glass of a massive ant infestation.

I like this comment not because it is resentful or feels like a "told-you-so" comment, but because I like the image of a New Zealander in overalls drinking a frothy pint of ants, then wiping his upper lip and sighing in contentment.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:20 AM on September 17, 2013 [9 favorites]


Or an episode of The Twilight Zone.

So somewhere towards the end he shatters the last pint glass in the universe?
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 8:22 AM on September 17, 2013 [5 favorites]


MetaFilter: Is Not Joke, Is Miracle.
posted by Mister_A at 8:22 AM on September 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


I don't mean to stereotype New Zealanders, but it's typical that their idea of a major prank on a friend is to do something that amuses and delights him.

Indeed -- that is what I was alluding to above: I have met inveterate pranksters from NZ, and there seems to be no mean-spiritedness anywhere in them. A Kiwi guy I met in a hostel in Tel Aviv once was telling me about a university tradition where the first week of the school year is reserved for elaborate pranks. He told me that over the course of a year he had quietly collected traffic cones from construction sites by night, in tiny increments (the construction crew would arrive in the morning not noticing their thirty cones had dwindled to twenty-eight overnight, as they had all been spaced out evenly again). When the school year began again, he told me, he and some friends had blocked off one lane of a major street in Christchurch for two days before anyone thought to remove them.

He also told me that a mate of his had undertaken a more impressive and streamlined one: this guy had approached a roadwork crew and let them know that they were about to be the victims of an elaborate prank but he didn't want them to get too sidetracked from their work by it -- some buddies of his, he told them, were going to turn up shortly dressed as police and try to get them to stop the roadwork. Then he called the police and told them a bunch of jokester students were tearing up the street as a prank. And then he sat out on an overpass and watched.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:23 AM on September 17, 2013 [111 favorites]


I don't mean to stereotype New Zealanders, but it's typical that their idea of a major prank on a friend is to do something that amuses and delights him.

And his response is "PARTY AT MY PLACE"

This is brilliant on so many levels. The beer even looked like decent beer.
posted by eriko at 8:23 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is how you get drunk ants!

Drants.
posted by maryr at 8:24 AM on September 17, 2013 [15 favorites]


Wow kiwi ads are good. With the drug driving commercial just popping up on the web recently, and the all-time classic "Monique says you're dumb," I want to move there just to watch commercials.
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 8:25 AM on September 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


Drants.

And if you complain loudly about it, its' a drant rant -- and you better be wearing your drant rant pants.
posted by eriko at 8:27 AM on September 17, 2013 [5 favorites]


Especially after reading ricochet biscuit's comment, I want to go to NZ.
posted by theora55 at 8:28 AM on September 17, 2013


New Zealand is apparently a place where everyone smokes weed and drinks beer all the time while chilling out and being funny in indecipherable accents. What I'm saying is I'm moving to New Zealand.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 8:28 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Friends help you move; real friends help you move bodies re-plumb your house so beer comes out of your taps.
posted by entropicamericana at 8:28 AM on September 17, 2013 [6 favorites]


drants reference. tharyr.
posted by joecacti at 8:29 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


I figuring smelling like beer all the time would be an asset, not a problem in NZ?

When I worked in a brewery I quite often got a whole section of seating to myself on the train ride home if I stayed in my work clothes. It was pretty fun to go down to the lower level and see all the people who had moved to get away from 'the drunk' and make eye contact with them.

Life is filled with small pleasures if you know where to look for them.
posted by srboisvert at 8:31 AM on September 17, 2013 [6 favorites]


Man, those are awesome friends.
posted by ambrosia at 8:35 AM on September 17, 2013


This was actually their second attempt at the prank. For the first one they used vodka, but Russ never noticed.
posted by griphus at 8:37 AM on September 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


I've said this before, but after spending a month in NZ and meeting so many nice people, I became convinced that Kiwis get lessons on being nice when they're at school, and those people who fail the exam get killed.

Kiwis are great. NZ is fab.
posted by daveje at 8:39 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


I never previously wanted to move to New Zealand but the video of that crawl space without so much as a single spider web has me considering emigrating.

And ya this would have been a pretty different video if the reaction to the beer flowing taps was kitchen sex rather than investigatory.
posted by Mitheral at 8:39 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Did each faucet have a different beer, like Kitchen Kölsch, Bathroom Bock, etc?
posted by orme at 8:45 AM on September 17, 2013 [5 favorites]


I am sure this is amazing and beautiful and I cannot wait to watch it when I don't have a hangover. As is, I don't think I can handle this yet.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:49 AM on September 17, 2013


> After a successful and audacious prank, nothing refreshes like a tall frothy glass of a massive ant infestation.

That's how you know this isn't Australia, where the ants would be a poisonous species unique to the country -- one bite results in agonizing pain and slow death -- and each ant is as big as your thumb, so they clog the pipes entirely and the only way to get rid of them is to fill your house with the ant's only known natural predator -- trap door spiders -- and seal the house and then set it on fire using orbital lasers before napalming eighteen square acres around the house and I'll just sit here in a corner safe and VERY FAR AWAY FROM AUSTRALIA and try to stop thinking about it.
posted by ardgedee at 8:51 AM on September 17, 2013 [15 favorites]


I'm surprised that it's gone this long without being said, but sorry folks, it's an ad for Tui Beer. You're looking at at least $15K+ in kegs, taps, plumbing and security gear, the Tui Beer logo appears way too many times to be a coincidence and the userpic for the (brand new) YouTube account this was posted under only appears in one other place: a promotional company website. The biggest giveaway though was that in the whole 7 minute clip of beer, tools and surprises, nobody says fuck even once.
posted by bizwank at 8:52 AM on September 17, 2013 [26 favorites]


GooseOnTheLoose, bizwank— that's why I want to go to NZ to watch make ads.
posted by a halcyon day at 8:58 AM on September 17, 2013


Wait, if Tui is a brand of beer, does that mean the little girl in Top of the Lake was named after beer?
posted by bleep at 9:00 AM on September 17, 2013


I tried something like this at the hospital and all I got was a massive hike in my malpractice insurance.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:01 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah, was just coming in to comment on how well-funded this (quite fun) prank appeared to be, and to see if the advertiser had been revealed yet. Thanks bizwank.
posted by gilrain at 9:02 AM on September 17, 2013


Sure, it's obviously not actually a private prank, but there is still cold beer coming out of shower heads and kitchen sinks and I would like to hang out at that house.
posted by lucidium at 9:02 AM on September 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


> you better be wearing your drant rant pants

Signed, Ronnie Van Zandt.
posted by davelog at 9:02 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]




sorry folks, it's an ad for Tui Beer

Schrödinger's Advertisement: If I didn't know it was an ad before you told me, and wasn't even aware that Tui was a brand of beer after watching the video, then was the video still an advertisement? Or did it become an advertisement when you warned me that it was an advertisement?
posted by distorte at 9:09 AM on September 17, 2013 [15 favorites]


distorte, I believe it's all in the intent; ads exist to increase brand awareness which drives sales, whereas funny videos exist to provide entertainment. If you didn't see the brand nor desire to buy anything and were merely amused, then it wasn't an effective ad for you. It's still an ad though.
posted by bizwank at 9:15 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


I hate beer, but that was pretty great.
posted by Dr. Wu at 9:30 AM on September 17, 2013


ricochet biscuit's comment reminded me of this related tale of an alleged Conan O'Brien prank during his Harvard days
posted by recklessbrother at 9:31 AM on September 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


So, it's a beer ad or something?

Yes, I believe New Zealand is a beer ad.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 9:40 AM on September 17, 2013 [13 favorites]


ricochet biscuit: And then he sat out on an overpass and watched.

Beautiful.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:47 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


[A]ds exist to increase brand awareness which drives sales, whereas funny videos exist to provide entertainment.

Well, I'm sold! Where can I buy eighteen kegs of that beer in my neighborhood? Nowhere? Well, then, I guess I will settle for the lovely glow of enjoyment.

That said, I was thinking this was the logical conclusion to those television shows about house make-overs that have gone from your whole house in like six months (1980s-era This Old House) to part of the yard in a weekend (Yard Crashers), and finally to three rooms in a day with player elimination (Brother Versus Brother on TLC, I think).

And that wouldn't be so bad!
posted by wenestvedt at 9:48 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Here in the UK we have a show called "60 Minute Makeover" where a mob of people do up every room in the house in two half-hour blitzes. It will also, inexplicably, be hosted by Peter Andre in the next series.
posted by lucidium at 9:59 AM on September 17, 2013


Consider this a successful viral ad, because I want to put my beer money towards a company like that.
posted by Punkey at 10:00 AM on September 17, 2013


As long as the prank really was a prank, getting a beer company to pay for it just makes his friends and the whole thing more awesome, not less.
posted by straight at 10:11 AM on September 17, 2013 [10 favorites]


I'm glad to see these geniuses put their powers to work for good instead of evil.
posted by slogger at 10:22 AM on September 17, 2013


bizwank: "distorte, I believe it's all in the intent; ads exist to increase brand awareness which drives sales, whereas funny videos exist to provide entertainment. If you didn't see the brand nor desire to buy anything and were merely amused, then it wasn't an effective ad for you. It's still an ad though."

No, functionally it wasn't an ad for me until you told me it was one. I didn't see the logos and I couldn't buy their beer if I wanted to. So for me, and most of the world, it wasn't an ad, and it didn't matter until you pointed out that it should matter.

Why is it important to you that we know this is an ad? You said "sorry", what do you mean exactly? That you're sorry to diminish our enjoyment of the video? You didn't. Sorry to disappoint you.
posted by danny the boy at 10:37 AM on September 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


I am shocked, shocked I say, to see Metafilter promoting the consumption of beer. Shocked!
posted by chavenet at 10:56 AM on September 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


Tui Beer - Distracting the boys from the task at hand since 1889

Added bonus: brewer has sense of humor (even if some of it is a bit laddish)
posted by chavenet at 11:00 AM on September 17, 2013


Wait, if Tui is a brand of beer, does that mean the little girl in Top of the Lake was named after beer?

The tui is a New Zealand native bird. It's not an uncommon name.
posted by yoink at 11:41 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


The biggest giveaway though was that in the whole 7 minute clip of beer, tools and surprises, nobody says fuck even once.

I thought they were just polite! What the fuck?!
posted by orme at 12:04 PM on September 17, 2013


danny the boy, like I said, in my opinion it's an ad if it was created to be an ad. Your failure to recognize it as such doesn't diminish the intent of the creators, only it's effectiveness. Now, what I did not say is that this should "matter". I was simply adding an additional data point to the discussion and apologizing in advance if that information reduced the enjoyment that anyone was getting from it, as it often can when it comes to these subtle/viral advertising videos.
posted by bizwank at 12:33 PM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wait, if Tui is a brand of beer, does that mean the little girl in Top of the Lake was named after beer?

As yoink says, the tui is a common native bird in NZ that you can find throughout the country and even in leafy suburbs. It has a distinctive song.
posted by aychedee at 12:59 PM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


It saddens me a little to have to say it, but Tui is probably the least nice beer you can get in New Zealand. Tui dates from the period when beer was delivered via flexible hoses in huge characterless barns directly to the gullets of the thirsty workers before they went home to shout at their wives. There was a craft beer revolution back in the early 90's and these days we're happily awash with delicious flavourful brews. Emersons, Tuatara, Stoke, Macs, Boundary Road are brands to investigate if you're over there.

If you like the style of these ad see if you can track down Outrageous Fortune - six (sux) seasons of very well done comedy drama following a family of ex-criminal bogans in a lightly fantasised version of West Auckland. Great scripts and storylines, decent to excellent acting. And the character of Munter, who is basically a grown up version of one of those kids in the car in Taika's PSA.
posted by Sebmojo at 2:38 PM on September 17, 2013


I don't think I've ever met a kiwi, but I like them.

This seems to me to be a thing about dudes... They are willing to put enormous amounts of time and energy into completely useless and, in some sense, stupid shit...
posted by Fists O'Fury at 4:07 PM on September 17, 2013


If you think this isn't a cleverly-made "viral" ad for awful beer, you're probably their target market.
posted by John Shaft at 4:19 PM on September 17, 2013


MeFites might be starting to come to the obvious conclusion that New Zealands are a pleasant, fun-loving country of drunks descended from peaceful aliens.

Well we are (look it up).

And why do we want to win the America's Cup?
Because it holds a lot more beer...
posted by arzakh at 10:52 PM on September 17, 2013


Yes but it will be full of American beer.
posted by ardgedee at 7:57 AM on September 18, 2013


MeFites might be starting to come to the obvious conclusion that New Zealands are a pleasant, fun-loving country of drunks descended from peaceful aliens.

Well we are (look it up).


I looked it up, and have watched enough episodes of Jono and Ben at Ten where they play some downright mean pranks on each other. Excerpt from their wikipedia page:

Some weeks the loser may have to witness a prized possession being destroyed such as the first challenge saw Ben's flat screen TV skyrocketed in the air

I've seen episodes where they sneak into each other's room and blast a siren while the other sleeps, the guy's car filled with popcorn, and other tricks that would make me smile a lot less than if beer was coming out of my faucets. Don't get me wrong, I love it in New Zealand, but let's not paint everybody with too broad a brush.
posted by Metro Gnome at 4:20 PM on September 22, 2013


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