A great prank, as I see it, is one that prompts a laugh, even from the “victim.” It doesn’t harm anyone and leaves a sweet taste, rather than a bitter one, for the person who is fooled. Those who watch it feel sympathetic and amused, not superior.
That’s why Candid Camera was so good. Allen Funt never made fun of people. He had fun with them, and they knew it. The basic conceit was that all of us would have behaved the same way, or at least we might have.
That’s what I like about this prank.
A frequent flier knew an area at Miami Airport where there were almost no electrical outlets and lots of passengers who wanted to recharge their phones and computers.
So, he had some fun.
Prior to his Wednesday afternoon flight from Miami to London, [bored traveler David] McDonald made himself a sticker that looked exactly like an electrical outlet. Later, upon arriving at Miami International Airport, he placed the sticker in an outlet-deficient area of the terminal, then sat back and waited for an unsuspecting passenger to fall for his prank. . . .
According to the prankster, his marks weren’t even that miffed. Once they figured out what was going on, McDonald says they played along for the benefit of future victims.
“After I was done videotaping, I told them what I did and they all laughed,” McDonald told ABC News. “And we acted like nothing happened and waited for the next person to try it.” –Fox News
The bonus? I’ll bet it prompts the airport to install some outlets.
Notes from an early TV show, Face The Music, have recently been discovered and include an appearance by the great Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
According to the notes, Ollie informs Stan that the television program has an audience of six million and that host Henry Hall is “going to introduce us to them”.
That’s going to take a long time, isn’t it?
Hat tip to Shlomo Dror for this wonderful quote.
Sure, there’s a lot of furor about the New York Times needlessly publishing secret police information about the Manchester terror bombing, hampering the on-going investigation. (Washington Post)
Pres. Trump wants the leaks investigated, and rightly so. The US leaks caused the Brits to immediately suspend sharing information about terrorists, something vital to US homeland security. Beyond that, they damage the trust essential between US and British intelligence.
Critics charge (rightly, I think) that the Times published the terrorist’s name and crime scene photos out of badly misguided editorial judgment. Some Times’ readers may enjoy it, but the editors surely knew it would damage the frantic race to track down the members of the bomber’s cell.
All true. So is the loathsome conduct of US spies who illegally shared this secret information, serving no public purpose.
Still, it all pales beside these two amazing NYT scoops from June 1944.
I told you the sharks are gathering and the shadow of Nixon hovers over recent events.
I just didn’t think the predators would be so literal-minded.