Like hot dogs on the Fourth of July, pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, or a Kardashian near a paparazzi, some things simply go together. Computers in one form or another are so integrated into our lives on so many levels, and who can resist a good prank?
Put the two together, and before you can say “I wish the Kardashians would go away for a few hundred years,” you have a gold mine of prankdom at your fingertips.
WHY DO SO MANY COMPUTER PRANKS HAVE A SEXUAL ELEMENT TO THEM?
An even better question is “why does so much of life have a sexual element to it?” The answer is pretty basic, as sex adds a bit of spice. In the prank world, that spice can easily help to bring out the funny.
In this zinger, the woman in question finds a bit of porn suddenly popping up on her computer. Gee, I’m sure no one else in the whole world can relate to this one……
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Despite the awful music and overall cheesiness of this Eastern European video, this next clip proves that a nice set of boobs can easily be distracting as well as a good addition to a computer prank. As if anyone on Earth doubted it.
CAN A COMPUTER PRANK BASICALLY JUST SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF SOMEONE?
That’s a definite yes. There have been many variations of this computer prank, but basically it’s the high tech equivalent of someone jumping out and saying “boo.” Sometimes oldies but goodies still have value.
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Another twist on the scary computer prank concept is with a webcam involved. This girl sends out a serious scream towards the end of this video as a result of a well placed prank image.
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ARE COMPUTER PRANKS INHERENTLY NERD-FRIENDLY?
Some computer pranks are for hipsters, cool folks, bad asses, rock stars and awesome people. Then again, many are totally nerd bait. This video, entitled “Hilarious Computer Prank,” isn’t really hilarious but more to our specific point, the guy narrating it might very well have the most geeky voice you’ll hear all week. The prank itself is pretty good, if outdated, but its mischievous spirit lives on.
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Our next video details several old school computer pranks. Although the technology has changed, the basic idea of messing with someone’s head via the computer remains. Once again, the narrator sounds like he has all the charisma of a dead herring, coupled with the good looks of a live herring.
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ARE THERE GOOD IPAD PRANKS TOO?
Don’t kid yourself — that iPad you are using is definitely a computer and definitely full of good pranks. This silly clip involves an iPad, a dude and the dude’s dog that he’s pranking. True, not exactly the most intelligent target for a prank but it is worth a laugh or two.
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This video shows what happens when a cute little kid thinks he’s getting a new iPad but he’s in for a surprise.
The next clip is actually a pretty clever iPad prank, with the deception giving the victim a good scare. Reach out and touch someone indeed.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST COMPUTER PRANK?
It’s likely that people were putting together pranks with their computers from the earliest days, especially as the early adopters tended to be nerdy types. Arguably the first real computer that mainstream America know of was HAL 9000 from Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Towards the end, as HAL is melting down, he slowly sings an old song, evidence of his programmer having a prankster’s sense of humor.
ARE THERE COLLEGES I CAN GO TO TO LEARN COMPUTER PRANKS?
College mostly exists so people can get drunk and have sex. At least that’s what the Latin translation of Harvard’s motto states. Ok, that’s not exactly true but if you’re going to learn about computers at college, especially while drunk and naked, you are not going to get the full course load in computer pranks. Luckily, there are other places besides college that are happy to teach you. Here’s your first lesson.
A second lesson is a bit more advanced, and sure beats regular college. Remember though that if your parents wonder where all the tuition money went, you can’t claim that these computer pranking lessons are even more valuable unless you want them to cut you off for good.
Today’s last lesson involves actually manipulating the keyboard, but if played right, this is a computer prank that stands tall with the best of them. Once you have nailed this one, you are well on your way to being a master of computer pranks.