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PostSubject: Pranks that backfired   Fri 01 Aug 2014, 16:39

Aside from my stressing out our revered dictator with a post about confirming the cellar robot - I still can't believe he took it seriously - pranks or jokes are often misunderstood.

In Victorian England, for instance 2 lads rigged a coffin to levitate in a dark church yard walk that so terrified 2 young girls that one died the next day. The trial found the boys not guilty of murder but may have cured them. My punishment from Great dictator to whom I confessed was- by PM - 3 Bloody Marys and 1 How's your father.

To curb  me at school I was made Senior Prefect, House captain, Deputy Head Girl and School Council Secretary opening up quite a range of possibilities and opportunities, as it happened. No one died  - and the staff if not the head enjoyed the several creative distractions I set up.


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PostSubject: Re: Pranks that backfired   Fri 01 Aug 2014, 16:59

 Smile 

This hoax was wonderful - all those people all over England jumping into the air at the same time. But someone claimed he'd hit his head on the ceiling and hurt himself; he demanded compensation - like you do.

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/af_database/permalink/planetary_alignment_decreases_gravity/

Did you try to float
Weightless on the Planet Earth?
I say: Moore fool you.
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PostSubject: Re: Pranks that backfired   Thu 30 Oct 2014, 13:18



Today is the 76th anniversary of this famous one.
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PostSubject: Re: Pranks that backfired   Thu 30 Oct 2014, 15:13

@Temperance wrote:
 Smile 

This hoax was wonderful - all those people all over England jumping into the air at the same time. But someone claimed he'd hit his head on the ceiling and hurt himself; he demanded compensation - like you do.

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/af_database/permalink/planetary_alignment_decreases_gravity/

Did you try to float
Weightless on the Planet Earth?
I say: Moore fool you.

Temperance, when I clicked on the link, Bullguard (the software I use against anti-virus and against malware etc) flashed up a "This site has been blocked" message.  Bullguard is pretty good but it's possible it made a mistake - like once it didn't pick up when I clicked on an innocent site, something about "shorthand" (I had been doing a google search for shorthand dictations online) and I got a message about my computer being frozen by Cheshire Police because I'd been trying to access pornography (which I hadn't in case anybody reads this and their eyes start rolling).  There was a button to pay a fine.  I saw a phrase "by order of the Ministry of the Interior" which we don't use in the UK so I realised it was a scam - and so I didn't ring Cheshire Police all indignant.  Switching off and re-booting got rid of the offensive website but Bullguard hadn't picked that one up, so if it failed to pick up the odd malicious site it's possible that it picked up the museum of hoaxes one in error.
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PostSubject: Re: Pranks that backfired   Fri 31 Oct 2014, 06:46

It's blocking me too, LiR.

You can read about Patrick Moore's brilliant prank here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jovian%E2%80%93Plutonian_gravitational_effect
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