If you read my post from last year, Prank Envy, you will have met our friend Terry and his highly-developed sense of humor.  He decided to give it another try this year to see what kind of results he would get this time around.

It’s kind of a social experiment, isn’t it?

Once again, Terry posted his “Cat Found” papers strategically around the neighborhood.  On my way into the office this morning, I stopped in our neighborhood coffee shop for some much-needed caffeine for my early-morning drive.  I saw several other early-morning punters clustered around the bulletin board and laughing.  After ordering, I wandered over to see what was so funny.

Here’s what I found.

“doesn’t this guy know that’s not a cat?”

One lady was about to call and wake up Terry because she thought he was mentally challenged and needed to know that this was a wild creature, not a pet, before he was bitten.  She was very concerned.   I didn’t say anything, preferring to see how this played out.    I also figured if Terry was awakened at 6:45am, it was his fault.

The next guy figured out it was a prank and thought it was the funniest thing he’s seen in a long time.   He also played along, telling the concerned lady that he hoped the possum wasn’t in the guys house.  The other two guys standing around picked up their coffees, took a picture of the board to post to their facebooks, and left.

By this time the workers at the coffee shop were interested, and all came out to read it.    I was putting sugar in my coffee and stirring it nonchalantly, when I heard “hey – that’s a possum!” and “gee, should we call and tell this poor guy?”.   I nonchalantly  walked up, took a picture with my phone, and said that I’ve seen that possum before, and wanted to double-check to see if it’s the one who lives in my back yard.

That got me a few stares.  I then walked out and enjoyed a good laugh in the car.

By the way, the concerned lady had her cell phone out as I left.

I wonder if Terry got his wake up call after all?

Have you ever wanted to mess with people just for the sheer fun of it?  Or wondered just how many stupid people there are out there?  C’mon – admit it.  We all have, but few actually figure out a clever way to do it.   Our friend Terry came up with one of the cleverest schemes I’ve seen in a long time and it’s too good not to share.

I have to set the scene – Terry has a highly developed and deliciously warped sense of humor.  He’s a legend in our circle of friends for his practical jokes and off-beat comments, and his wife is a saint.  At Halloween he’s famous for making kids answer history questions, and then gives them not only really good candy  no matter whether their answer is right or wrong, but also a glow-necklace to help keep them safe as they go door-to-door.  That’s the great kind of guy he is.

Here’s what he came up with a few weeks ago.

Did you lose this cat?

Terry posted these flyers on on the neighborhood power poles and community bulletin board at our local family market.  Gleefully he waited to see who and what would call his mobile phone in response.   He was not disappointed.  He got two really great calls.

The first call was someone pretending that it was his cat.  Terry said ‘That cat is vicious, man!  We had him in the house, but he’s not housebroken.  He started tearing up the place, so we had to put him outside.  I’m not sure if he’s still in the backyard, but I can go check”.   He then said with his head turned from the phone “Honey, is that cat still out there?  You can’t find it?   Maybe you should look outside”  The guy on the phone told him “Duuuuude, that’s not a cat, that’s a possum”, obviously not realizing HE was the one being pranked.    Terry responded  ” Hey – did you lose a cat or didn’t you?   Why did you call me then?”  Click….  Hmmm – maybe the guy finally caught on…

Next call was from some giggly girls, and he played the voicemail they left for me – it was priceless.  I can’t replicate the California High School Girl accent in print, but here is what she said “We lost our cat in the Rosegarden.   It might be our cat.  (giggle, giggle) Can you see if it responds to his name?   Please?   It definitely has rabies, so don’t put your fingers in his mouth. (hee hee)  Bye – I hope it’s not an inconvenience (giggle, giggle)”  click.

Awesome.

The flyer was up for 2 days before someone took it down.  Terry now knows who puts these things up, but wonders who actually takes them down?

He’s already planning his next prank.   I can’t wait to see what it is.  Knowing Terry, it will be REALLY good, and if he gives me permission, I’ll share it with you too.

Yep.  I have Prank-envy.  I admit it.

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