Pranks are good fun. We love them so much that they’re a legitimate industry, spawning shows like Jackass, Impractical Jokers, and Punk’d, along with YouTube channels like PrankVsPrank that has amost 10,000,000 followers (that’s 2/3 as many as Jenna Marbles, arguably one of YouTube’s most successful acts.)
Typically, a prank goes off and the intended result is produced: the person gets a good fright, laughs when they find out it’s staged, and pats their friend on the back, happy to be out of perceived danger. In short, they poop on the invisible film of saran wrap over the toilet water and all that’s left afterwards is a bit of a smelly mess.
But sometimes, variables are neglected in calculating the potential outcome of a practical joke. The fight-or-flight instinct takes over, and it doesn’t always tilt towards the graceful spreading of wings… If we’ve intrigued you, keep reading. Below are ten examples of pranks where the prankster produced an unintended effect, getting either himself or his unknowing victim in much hotter water than he thought.
10 YouTuber Almost Drowns
9 Teen Shot out of Fear
8 Paris Hilton Suing Plane Crash Pranksters
7 Couple Lights Man on Fire
6 Flight, flight, FIGHT
5 Teen Accidentally Hangs Himself
4 Senior Prank Ruins School
3 Boy Lights Friend’s House on Fire
2 Woman Chokes on Joke
1 Teen Killed By Gang Prank
16-year-old Ryan Wilson, of Naperville, Illinois, died playing a prank on some Chicago gang members. He and a friend went to Southside to play jokes on unsuspecting strangers. According to the friend, Wilson approached a Vice Lord gang member (not knowing, of course, his status) and asked him if he was “ready to dye.” Wilson didn’t have time to pull out the bottle of Clairol hair dye before the gang member pulled out his gun and put several bullets through the young man’s head. The altercation was filmed and submitted to the local police department in hopes that justice would be served.
Sources: The Telegraph, NYPost, TMZ, HuffingtonPost, DailyMail
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