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Jack (who is called Jack) Come you pranksters, fess up! (72* d) RE: Come you pranksters, fess up! 23 Jul 99


Gotta stop hitting enter when I want to skip from the ID field to the message field.

Anyway, I have contempated pranks but never executed them.

And this prank that I heard of but never verified assured me that any prank I could think of would be minor league.

For me this is the king of all college pranks, not just outrageous, but subtle and clever.

Apparently a psychology student who had just finished a class on learning and conditioning theory came up with the following idea. He was taking courses over the summer, and every day at 1:00pm he went to the football stadium, put on a vertical black and white vertical striped shirt, blew an athletic whistle, and scattered generous amounts of bird seed at his feet. He did this very often over the summer. When the time the first football game of the season came around, (they traditionally start at 1pm, the time of his feedings), the referees in their striped shirts blew their whistles, and the well conditioned birds, thinking the dinner bell had rung once again, descended on the field en masse, surrounded the gape-mouted officials and proceeded to follow them every where they went.

As the story went, eventually the game had to be called due to excessive birds.

I hope this story is true, but even if apocryphal, it wins.


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