At one point or another, we have all heard an anxious parent or worried teacher bellow “it’s only funny until someone loses an eye.” A prank that backfires might have started out as a small bit of comedic mischief, but the actual pain and suffering caused is likely the end of the joke. Then again, the internet is full of pranks gone wrong that despite the havoc caused still have audiences by the millions clamoring to see these brief moments of comedy turned painful. In this article, we will walk you through some of the most awkward yet still hopefully amusing pranks that have gone haywire to ever hit the internet. In many of these examples, that’s not all that’s being hit. So sit back, carefully we might add just in case someone has rigged your chair to collapse, and enjoy this parade of human suffering, misery, foolishness and (hopefully) comedy.
WHAT ARE THE SOME COMMON KINDS OF PRANKS GONE WRONG?
There is a very well known prank known as the maze scare prank, with the unsuspecting victim being lulled into thinking they are doing something harmless online when suddenly a horrible and really scary image and sound appears on screen. It can be great fun to scare a friend that way, if they are of age at least. This clip shows the victim being a very young kid, and that someone was able to get this horrified reaction on the child’s face is genuinely wrong. Just plain wrong for many, many reasons.
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Another classic example of a prank that failed is this college dorm incident. If you’ve ever wondered if it was a good idea to burst out of a recycling bin with a scary mask and try to scare a dude who is being interviewed by what seems to be the world’s dorkiest interviewer, let this clip serve as a cautionary reminder. It is though pretty damn funny.
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We have all heard the expression that “if you play with fire, you might get burned.” No one got that message to this team of idiots, who decided spraying a fire extinguisher into some guy’s face would be funny. Of course, the victim screams hysterically, but what really makes this a perfect example of why Darwin may have been wrong is that the prankster shouts “I didn’t mean to get him in the eyes.” Believe it or not, moron, if you do shoot stuff at people’s faces, it does sometimes get in their eyes.
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MY FRIEND JUST CALLED ME A JACKASS. I TOOK IT AS A COMPLIMENT, AS I THINK THE “JACKASS” GUYS RULE! WAS HE REALLY TRYING TO INSULT ME THOUGH?
He probably was, because if you call someone a jackass it is not normally meant as a term of high praise. The “Jackass” show though has definitely been a catalyst in the popularity of modern stunts and pranks being filmed, and naturally enough, many such pranks have had unintended and painful results. One group of Jackass-wannabes hail from Sydney, Australia and call themselves Reckless Youth. They staged mock robberies to see how bypassers would react, and in this clip that made international news, one of them gets beaten badly by a Good Samaritan. This is an example where there’s really nothing funny going on, but there is some bloodshed and perhaps a dose of instant karma for the Reckless Youth. Then again, they did it to get famous and it didn’t hurt that cause. Oh, those silly Australians. Couldn’t they have just beaten up a kangaroo or raced a dingo or a wombat or something instead?
I LIKE PRANKS GONE WRONG AND I LIKE THAT GUY ON “SCRUBS” EVEN THOUGH HE LOOKS LIKE A TOTAL WUSS. IF I PULLED A PRANK ON HIM, WOULD IT BACKFIRE?
There’s only one way to know for sure, and that is you should go and track him down and then pull a prank on him. Go ahead. We will wait here for you. Meanwhile, in real life, Zach Braff actually was the “victim” of a stunt on MTV’s “Punk’d,” but due to his reaction, the episode never made it to air. Not that surprising, as the celebs in question on the show have to sign a consent form and Braff wisely realized footage of him beating up a teenager wouldn’t be great for his career. The set up was that he would return to his car and see it being spray painted. Of course the spray paint wasn’t permanent, but the sprayer was a 12 year old kid.
DO YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND ALL THE WORDS TO APPRECIATE A PRANK GONE WRONG?
A big fat no on that one. In this violent yet pretty funny one from India, the prankster thinks it would be funny to tell his dad that he had gotten his girlfriend pregnant. Although we are treated to subtitles, even without them it’s pretty clear what’s going on. The dude gets walloped by his dad, and is clearly proud enough of it to post it for the world to see. This proves, once again, that Americans don’t have a monopoly on being stupid.
WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN WITH A PRANK GONE WRONG?
Not to harsh on your buzz too much there dude, but sometimes a prank can genuinely turn tragic. In a widely reported story from Longmont, Colorado in 2013, an 18 year old girl jumped out of a closet to surprise a friend. The friend was so startled that they grabbed a gun and shot her dead. Yikes. Here’s a CNN clip explaining the tragedy. If you laugh, you really are a dick.
Another genuinely tragic prank gone wrong happened in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2014, after her retaliation prank went as horribly as it possibly could. She was getting revenge for having been pranked on Halloween, tossing all kinds of junk on a car parked at the supposed original pranker’s house. A dude came out of the house and fired a gun, killing the 15 year old girl. Yikes.
OKAY, NOW I’M LIKE TOTALLY DEPRESSED. CAN YOU STICK TO PRANKS THAT BACKFIRED BUT ENDED UP WITH FUNNY RESULTS AND NOT SOME THAT MAKE ME FEEL AWFUL?
That seems like a fair request. After all, who wants to be reminded too often that you have to be careful when you are pranking? Let’s start with this idiot, who asks strangers to “kiss my ass.” Some laugh, some don’t. At least one pummels the guy bloody.
HOW ABOUT SOME BACKFIRED PRANKS INVOLVING SEX? I LIKE SEX. SEX IS GOOD. SEX REMINDS ME OF BOOBIES. I LIKE BOOBIES.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You clearly have thought long and hard about the subject, and therefore, deserve to see some fun and funny clips. This one involves a guy tricking his friend by pretending to be in bed with the dude’s mom. Not surprisingly, the guy isn’t pleased that his shmuck friend is trying to nail his mother. Whether or not this video is a set up, the punches thrown definitely seem quite real.
I LIKE PRANKS INVOLVING DOGS AND POOP. CAN YOU STEER ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
These jokers thought it would be funny to pull a fast one on their cute little dog by having a teddy bear seem to come to life. The dog in the video is both frightened and perhaps a bit pissed off, and drops a stink bomb on the carpet. Honestly, you kind of root for the dog in this one because these prankers totally deserve to be cleaning crap up for a long time.
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THANKS FOR ALL THESE GREAT VIDEOS. DO YOU THINK YOU COULD FIND ONE INVOLVING DOZENS OF NEW JERSEY TEENAGERS BEING IDIOTS?
You’re welcome, and why yes, we certainly can. This video involves a whopping 62 teens from Teaneck who got arrested for a senior prank that caused some major damage to their high school. Among their crimes were graffiti on the walls, urine in the hallways, and furniture flipped over. Ok, the furniture and the graffiti are one thing, but peeing in the halls is gross. The most weird thing they did though was taping hot dogs to lockers, which begs the question “Why would someone tape a hot dog to anything?” Teaneck Police Sgt. John Garland said: “I just don’t believe that a lot of them realize the seriousness of it as far as breaking into a building. That’s a burglary and I don’t think they understand that. It’s a very serious offense.” He may be right, but it is an even more serious defense if you are a big believer that hot dogs should never be taped, glued, stapled or affixed to anything other than a bun. Or possibly a stick, but even that can be controversial to a hot dog purist.
NOTHING TICKS ME OFF MORE THAN A DUDE IN A SNOWMAN SUIT. EVEN FROSTY ANNOYS ME. CAN YOU SHOW ME A VIDEO OF A SNOWMAN BEING INJURED?
Hey, you don’t need to be such a hater. For whatever reason, the guy tossing the punch in this video clearly agrees with you. For those who think this might be faked, look closely at the little girl who falls over when the snowman falls on her.