Category:
Pranks

Mt. Rainier Practical Joke

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A most excellent prank.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 29, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Husbands, Wives, 1980s, Pranks

Mark Twain’s Elephant

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This seems to me to be a fine Xmas joke easily duplicated today. Pick your victim!

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 09, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, 1900s, Pranks

iCookies

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A comedian decided to drive around L.A. talking into his iphone shaped cookies to prank cops. Here's a thought: if you are going to play a practical joke on the police, who are notoriously unreceptive to humor while on the job, be sure you've paid all your outstanding parking tickets. Pissed cop+outstanding warrant=arrest & fine.

Posted By: patty - Sat Dec 14, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Pranks

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #30

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[From the 1950 catalog. Click to enlarge.]

I can see this prank being really popular in the Middle East nowadays. "Gotcha, Ahmed [Isaac]! You really thought the Israelis [al Qaeda] had rigged your car!"

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 07, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Destruction, Explosives, Fireworks and Pyrotechnics, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1950s, Pranks, Middle East

VW Snow Bug

German police in the town of Aachen were tricked by a very talented snow sculptor/prankster. A VW Beetle made entirely of snow was built in a no parking zone. It was so realistic that it got ticketed, in fact, local police only discovered the prank when they tried to brush off the licence plate and it was solid snow.

Posted By: patty - Thu Mar 21, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Pranks

Rocky & Bullwinkle:  “Sex on Planet X”

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I've been reliving my youthful TV watching by streaming episodes of Rocky & Bullwinkle on Netflix. I certainly catch a lot more of the jokes than I did when I was in elementary school.

And in the screen shot above, you'll see a risque easter egg I encountered in Episode 5.

Anyone else have similar favorite moments from the media?

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 11, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Aliens, Sexuality, Television, Cartoons, 1950s, Parody, Pranks

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #26

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It is generally understood that the necktie is a symbol of male virility. Thus, when the Marx Brothers or the Three Stooges cut someone's tie off while the fellow is wearing it, it is a symbol of emasculation, and we laugh.

So a necktie that instantly sproings erect on command is surely the best alpha-dog symbol of all! This is why Dilbert rules!

Just don't poke out anybody's eye with that thing!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 15, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Injuries, Johnson Smith Catalog, Sexuality, Chindogu, Pranks

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #24

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Won't everyone just guffaw when your hysterical suicide attempt proves to be a prank! Don't be surprised if some angry relative whips out a real gun and finishes the job.

From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 19, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s, Pranks

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #22

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Who would ever have figured that this practical joke would come back into fashion after 80 years? Be a big hit in your rich Manhattan co-op, as you sprinkle these liberally around!

From the 1930s catalog.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 17, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Hygiene, Insects, Johnson Smith Catalog, 1930s, Pranks

American Legion Parades of Yore



Today, the average upstanding citizen is a pale shadow of his or her riotous ancestors. We don't drink as much or smoke as much or act goofy in public as much (despite the roll call of weird behaviors as collected by our Fearless Leader, Chuck.)

Look at this boring clip of a contemporary American Legion parade from last year.

Then view this account from 1947, when randy old codger Legionnaires rode bucking ATVs through the streets, poured water from hotel windows, and shocked innocent women with cattle prods (probably the very ones sold through Johnson Smith catalogs, as shown earlier on WU).

Now, answer truly: which era would you rather live in?

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 27, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Hobbies and DIY, Parades and Festivals, 1940s, Pranks

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