There's something especially evil and satisfying about using a person's past traumatic experience to stage the perfect prank.
Sure, it's something a twisted mastermind would come up with, but it's also the reason why those types of amoral gags are the ones that shake us to our very core.
For my family, it was getting me to watch or see anything that had Freddy Krueger in it. Whether it was a clip from a movie, a film poster, or even a trick-or-treater dressed up like the knife-handed, burnt-face madman, it always got me spooked.
I hated his face, his knife gloves, his sweater, his deep, gravelly voice. I hated that he killed you while you asleep. I hated that he was a sadist. I hated hated hated everything about him. And I also also that my brother and dad would constantly trick me into thinking I was about to watch my favorite cartoon when BAM, A Nightmare on Elm Street was spliced into the video or playing on another channel, that they would turn to. Thanks a lot for the scares, guys.
Now I think there's a way to use someone's past to prank the heck out of them that doesn't involve them shuddering in a pool of their own tears, like I did when I was a kid. And this Twitter user's boss confirms this suspicion of mine.
@PaxPhotography had the misfortune of ramming his car into the glorified, giant rats of the woods, twice in a single month. That's right - he hit two deer in about four weeks.
Such a terrible stroke of luck would probably leave someone with not just a ton of insurance paperwork to fill out and a healthy hatred of these antlered pests, but some PTSD associated with the accidents as well.
Something that Paxton's boss picked up on. Imagine reversing your car and seeing this mug glaring right at you.
All it took was a tiny photo of the deer taped to his back-up camera and voila.
As frightening of a prank it is, you have to give it to Paxton's boss for not only ribbing his employee's bad luck with deers and cars, but also picking the perfect deer photo.
I mean just look at how surprised it is.
People are in love with Paxton's boss' sense of humor.
While others offered a practical solution for his vehicular deer-icide problem.
There were other people who thought Paxton's boss was a little too cool.
As it turns out, back-up camera gags are they're own sub-genre of pranks on the internet.
This guy loves trolling his wife by taping these horrifying images to her car's back-up camera.
Which she appreciates...in her own way.
I mean, it's how he shows her his love, so it can't be that bad, right?
He just kept doing it.
Just plain old relentless. In his defense, this time it was the beloved Sasquatch from Harry and the Hendersons.
He finally listened to her, however, and stopped posting faces in her rear-view camera.
They just keep getting better.
Then there was this sappy move.
And don't worry, yes, he did eventually finish the china cabinet.
Who knew an automobile safety feature could be the cause of so much joy?
There are plenty of ways to troll a sleeping friend while on a road trip. My personal favorite is parking the car in front of a light pole or a wall, flashing your lights, and having everyone in the car at the same time scream their heads off as if you're all about to die.
That's one way to wake them up.
But Eria found a different approach to trolling her boyfriend, Scott, that had a much longer effect: she enlisted the help of the I'm Telling God Facebook group in roasting him mercilessly for his soporific ways. As a result, the 'Sleepy Scott' meme was born.
If you were like pretty much everyone in the world, you were probably let down by the fact that Croatia didn't have their storybook ending in taking home first place in the 2018 World Cup. Sure, France had an amazing team and all that, and the contest's youngest MVP player, Mbappé, even donated all of his winnings from the tournament to charity—so I guess it's hard to be too upset with the competition's end result.
And even though everyone played their hearts out (except Egypt, I mean, they went again Saudi Arabia and the results were just embarrassing), there was a clear winner this World Cup and it actually wasn't even any of the teams. S
ure there's a first, second, and third place result, but all of those accomplishments pale in comparison to the wonderful memes that sprung up as a result of this glorious tournament.
More than a few were thanks to Brazil's Neymar.
I grew up in a marginally superstitious family who brought some beliefs and hocus-pocus superstitions from the old country. I couldn't make too much noise late at night for fear of attracting a "jinn." I couldn't point at cemeteries or stare into a mirror for too long or my face would become deformed, and heaven help me if I was ever mean to or disobeyed my parents or grandparents, because then I'd be looking at a cursed life that would ruin me until the day that I died.
But the idea of "back luck" or stepping on cracks, walking under ladders, or stealing a black cat's macchiato isn't something that my family really bought into. Sure, we believed in supernatural stuff and the idea that karma gets back around to mess with you or your kids, but "bad luck"?
No honey, it isn't luck that's ruining your life, it's an unseen species of metaphysical monsters that exist in a different plane we know little about—but they are mentioned in the Quran, so be careful!
There are phenomena so unfortunate that simply looking at images of them will cause the same bad luck to befall you. So on this Friday the 13th, gaze upon these pictures with extreme caution.