The Internet is a beautiful thing. It’s the only place where you can share embarrassing stories about yourself with people that you don’t know. You can even share embarrassing videos of your friends with people that you don’t know. However, what makes it really great is the ability to share the satisfaction of a good old-fashioned prank.
Thankfully, through the power of YouTube (and the Google machine), we are able to share these luscious videos of cringeworthy pranks with people from all over the world. Much like scientists, fellow pranksters often copy and repeat these shared pranks in their own environments, searching for different or similar results. With that said, I’d like just to focus on the water balloon prank, and I’d also really like to offer you four examples of these types of pranks that you can pull on your friends. Take a break, wind down, buy some balloons… let’s watch them all.
Warning! The language on this video is NSFW, but based on what the pranksters pulled on this gentleman, it’s slightly understandable. This is the classic water balloon prank that requires minimal set-up, at least one “dropper”, one “caller”, and of course, the victim. The particular prank is as simple as it can get, but for some reason, it gets funnier each time I watch it.
Basically, the dropper stays in a window right above a door, and the caller yells for the victim to come outside… through said door. As you might guess, this results in hilarity and an unfortunate end to the caller. (But strangely, not the dropper.) Again, I apologize for the reaction that comes from the victim, but at least the joke is funny even while playing the video with the sound turned off.
Let me be honest with you – this video isn’t really exciting. However, the mechanics behind this water balloon prank are fantastic. Essentially, the dropper must find his or her victim on a trampoline. However, the catch is that this trampoline must have guards. In theory, this creates a cage around the victim(s), allowing for maximum accuracy for multiple balloon droppage.
Seeing that the victim is unable to run and only flail about, hurling insults at the dropper, there is an increased amount of opportunities to hit the target. Think back to when you were four-years-old and played tee-ball. Sure, you have to hit the ball like in baseball, but it’s not like it’s moving anywhere. This video demonstrates how the trampoline cage, a high altitude, and a easily-shut window can come together to create absolute mayhem.
This video is more of a warning as opposed to an example. Basically, if you want to do a water balloon drive-by, don’t. Instead, set the water balloons somewhere else, put the kids to sleep, and watch The Office on Netflix with your significant other for the remainder of the night. Maybe you could order pizza. I don’t know. But if you want to hit somebody with a water balloon, please make sure that it is someone you know. These hacks drove around hitting people that they didn’t know, and that’s just wrong.
Furthermore, it’s a bit cowardly, and the clip painstakingly suffers from vertical video syndrome. They also probably smell bad. Basically, if you do something like this after reading this article, I will find you, and I will write another article that badmouths you. Of course, it won’t be for MakeUseOf, for I would probably be fired because of that. Granted, if you happened to do a prank like this to someone you know… it might be funny.
Much like the original window water balloon drop, this video involves releasing the ammunition from an elevated location. But just how elevated? Well… 12 stories. Yes, my friends, this video demonstrates the mechanics of dropping a water balloon on a particular person of interest from approximate 12 stories high. That’s pretty darn high, folks.
What really makes this video is the reaction of the victim. There is the instantaneous moment of, “What just hit me? Where did it come from?” That’s very, very good, ladies and gentlemen. You see, the perpetrators in this video made a rookie mistake. They were on a balcony, and they could have taken advantage of this by hiding immediately after the balloon struck the target, causing maximum confusion. As a matter of fact, they could have taken the opportunity to hit the target again while they were looking for the source. If you so choose to attempt this prank, please keep my words of wisdom in mind.
SMACK! That’s the end of this article, MUO-readers. We love to have a little bit of fun every now and then, so I hope these water balloons clips gave you some ideas or even made you laugh.
With that said, we’d love to see some of your favorite prank videos. Furthermore, if you’ve ever pulled a water balloon prank, it would be great to see it as well! Leave the links in the comments below.
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