Prank Wars

These two guys jumped out of a plane. One of them was in on the prank. The other wasn't.

As I’ve written about before, I love a good prank. Some sleight of hand where you have someone thinking one thing while something else is going on. Something that doesn’t offend or inconvenience the target, but it fools them for some amount of time.

Thus it’s no surprise that I love College Humor’s Prank Wars. They’re a series of escalating pranks between two guys who work at College Humor. Some are better than others (there’s a fake proposal at a Yankees game that is just priceless), but they’re all really amusing.

I’m still not quite sure what I think of this latest one. Amir makes Streeter think that his skydiving parachute has malfunctioned and that he has about a minute to live. It’s quite amusing at parts–particularly when the guy pulls the parachute cord and it comes off in his hands (look at the expression on his face!)–but it’s also somewhat cruel.

However, it made me think a little bit about my favorite movie ever, Fight Club. There’s a famous scene in the movie where Brad Pitt pretends to prepare to shoot a man in the back of the head, screaming at the man about why he hasn’t pursued any of his dreams, before sending him scurrying away. He says to Edward Norton afterwards (about the man), “His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever had.”

It’s a tough scene to watch. At the same time, there’s quite a bit of gravitas to truly thinking you’re going to die…and then not dying. I wonder if Streeter went through that after the parachute cord came away in his hands.

Watch the video and decide for yourself:

Prank Wars 8

Daily Quickie: I think I saw a threesome about to happen tonight as I sat at Sasha’s Wine Bar. One guy, two girls, both girls holding hands while the guy was getting very touchy feely…I wonder what really happened.

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