What dad doesn’t love a good prank, especially at the expense of their family?
I’m not much of a prankster – there’s way too much planning involved for me to bother – but I’m heavy with the sarcasm and will occasionally make up outlandish lies just to see if I can convince my kids of silly stuff. It works a fair amount; children are stupid.
Most of my jokes are good-natured and harmless. Unlike the dad in this new viral video, who staged an elaborate emergency alert message for his family and effectively paralyzed them with fear with an eerily plausible scenario.
Essentially, he makes them think World War 3 is underway and that they’d better get to a fallout shelter lickety-split.
The family is scattered around the room, doing stuff, going about their business, when suddenly whatever is being watched on the TV is interrupted by the familiar sounds of a broadcast alert. They stop what they’re doing and gather to hear what’s happening, whereupon an official sounding voice informs them that North Korea has launched 3 ICBMs at Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. The voice advises viewers to evacuate and find the nearest fallout shelter before the missiles detonate.
The family stands there, watching in disbelief despite clearly believing it all – one of the women exasperatedly exclaims, “Frickin’ North Korea!”
Finally, at the end of the video, Dad – who’s been standing offscreen, silently taking in his family’s reactions – starts laughing, giving the game away. His family is none too pleased, nor should they be. The dude staged a 21st century War of the Worlds broadcast and they bought it hook, line and sinker.
To be honest, I’m not even sure this prank qualifies as “funny,” because it’s all too plausible and effectively rendered. And the only person laughing is the dad, because everyone else is realizing they have no idea where the nearest fallout shelter is and that they have no idea what to do.
The good news is, the kids in the room clearly didn’t quite grasp what they were hearing. And, of course, there is no need to head for shelter. Except for the dad who staged the prank. They seem pretty damn pissed at him!