Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Manti Te'o and the Prank of Doom

Recently, you may have heard about the media mess surrounding Notre Dame football linebacker, Manti Te'o, and the dead girlfriend who inspired him to famously rally his team and even win the Lombardi Award. Very, very touching. The only problem is, the girlfriend, whom he'd never met in person, wasn't even real. She was just an elaborate prank concocted online, by a guy who had stolen a girl's pictures off of Facebook and pretended to be her. Ouch.

Which was a decent prank, but not the best prank. No, we know of a better prank. One that's been formulating for years.













And so it goes that Brandon was really Meli all along. It was an epic prank, to be sure, and took a lot of craftiness. And it was well worth it to see the shock, anguish, and eventual mental breakdown of his best friend's psyche, knowing that he had broken him mentally, sexually, and spiritually. Right?


Boy, how we'll laugh about this one once he's finally out of therapy and off of suicide watch.

What's the best prank you've ever pulled on someone?

Cheers and stay classy, folks!

-B&B

Beer: Doppelbock
Music: Aerosmith (Dude (Looks Like a Lady))    


52 comments:

  1. Wow Bryan really got destroyed there. I'm glad we did get to see the reaction. Even if this isn't true (which it probably isn't) the seeds of doubt HAVE been planted. He will question it, and always wonder "what if?..." Unless of course you and her have been seen in the same room together, but you can always cite hookers for added effect. I'd heard of the Manti thing but I didn't know all the details. I just figured he'd created a fake dead girlfriend.

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  2. Ha! Love a good prank...just not when it's pulled on me.

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  3. Ok you guys are just plain warped but you do make me giggle.

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  4. You pranksters you!!! Kind of reminded me of the Brandon Teena story (real story that the movie Boys Don't Cry was about). Seriously how is it possible that someone has a boyfriend for two years and not realize it's a girl???)

    As for Te'o, I don't get it. I have heard all the "it was an elaborate prank crap, but really....who calls an Internet acquaintance a "girlfriend"???

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  5. Isn't this the plot of The Crying Game? I'd love to hear Meli's reaction to this. Probably something like, "finally your latent homosexual attraction for each other manifests in cartoon form."

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    1. That... was actually her reaction, spot on. Not kidding.

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  6. This shows an unusual dedication to pranking, I'm not sure if I should feel proud or uncomfortable :p

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  7. Well, at least Bryan had two years of innocent bliss, right? And now I see that there is no 'taking it too far' when talking about pranks. Good to know.

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  8. A shameless ripoff of "M. Butterfly" but still, bravo! At least you had a better ending!

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  9. I can only echo Pickleope's comment because that's the first thing that I thought too! Haha!

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  10. I am usually on the receiving end of the prank, not the other way around. I guess because I'm such an easy target.

    It's good to know you two finally consummated your bromance. Now there won't be all that awkward tension...LOL

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  11. "It's not gay if it's a prank." THANK YOU, KIND SIR.

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  12. haha Bryan is going to needs ton of therapy after that. Still how does one not know? Maybe they secretly want it, hmmm

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  13. I was waiting for you guys to get on poor Te'o, no I don't think for a minute he was duped. And why can't he go by Theo like anybody else, maybe then they wouldn't have pulled that 'prank' on him. But I digress.....I do know a very good psychiatrist, just in case Bryan still needs some help getting over Brandon's prank....Or maybe Brandon should see a doc...:)

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  14. I'm pretty sure my older brother told me a joke with a very similar storyline to this when I was a teenager... I hope he wasn't trying to confide in me. If so, laughing definitely wasn't the best response x

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  15. You guys should be on catfish: the tv show. For reals.

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  16. Guy love,
    That's all it is,
    Guy love,
    He's mine, I'm his,
    There's nothing gay about it in our eyes.

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  17. I'd actually been under the impression that Manti was in on this hoax - for whatever sick reason I couldn't fathom. Thanks for clearing that up - and for your questionable humour!! :D

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  18. This was better, and only slightly more disturbing, than The Crying Game and Catfish.

    I once pretended to be a male superhero to get some of the good stuff from as many strangers as I could. (Halloween 2001).

    xoRobyn

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  19. I don't get mean spirited pranks. I think rearranging someone's keyboard is funny, but maybe not running them down with a car and yelling "Prank!!!"

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  20. A buddy and I once told a friend of his that we were brothers, and kept up the act for about 18 months. My buddy worked at a store, and offered to get me a $2 off "family discount", so we told a clerk (his friend) that we were brothers. Next thing we know, the friend is coming to the same college as us and we're all hanging out regularly.

    Finally smartened him up on his birthday... the kicker... he refused to believe us, without proof. We had to show him our driver's licenses.

    href="http://www.darwinfish2.blogspot.com/2010/04/year-of-pranking-dangerously.html">I wrote up the story a couple years back:

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  21. Yeah you definitely won this time guys although the prank to the American footballer comes close haha. Poor guy though, I do feel a little sorry for what he had to go through.

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  22. The best prank I ever pulled was one I didn't even do. I had my youth pastor convinced I was going to prank him on his first trip with us; I'd been talking it up for weeks. Then, something fairly normal happened, but it caused him complete embarrassment, and he thought I orchestrated it. It doesn't sound as good as it was, but it was pretty awesome.

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    1. The prank that doesn't happen! Fantastic. Puts people on edge AND you don't have to spend time planning the prank!

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  23. I think pranking is more of a guy thing. It's usually physical and you have to see the payoff for it to be funny.

    Girls are much more into psychological warfare.

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  24. Unintended counter-pranks are the best.

    Best I can do is the psychological thing where I go into my sister's room, move around some of her furniture a little bit, and then leave again. She'll reset their positioning every so often, but she's probably going mad with how everything seems to be moving around.

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  25. It's been a while since I've laughed that hard reading you guys, and damn was it nice. Really though, that was great, I re-read and everything. So simple. So so simple.

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  26. Bwahaha! Hmm. Mine are all G-rated. As a kid, I drew a birthday card for my dad that said, "How to entertain Dad," and had an arrow to turn the card over. Then he turned it over, and it said the same thing, with another arrow.

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  27. The adult pranks, while not laughter inducing, were much more satisfying, btw.

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  28. I haven't really pranked anyone, but my husband is a master! He had my mom all on the edge of her seat with a story about why he was late for dinner at her house one night. He told her he was following an ambulance past a hospital when one of the back doors came unlatched and a cooler fell out. So he stopped, right, and looked inside the cooler...what did he see? A severed toe. My mom was all in suspense asking him "What did he do? What did he do?" And he looked at her all serious and said:

    "I called a toe truck."

    I thought she was gonna kill him.

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  29. On long road trips, poking someone's sides is real fun.

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  30. Popsicle stick wiener splint? Someone's gonna end up with some splinters. That's the REAL tragedy here.

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  31. My store manager got transferred a month ago and when he left they put up "missing person" posters all over the back room. Even one near the return desk.

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  32. That's pretty shocking! Never would have expected that to happen! That means it was a good prank. You never see the good pranks coming. I've never pulled a big prank on somebody because I start laughing before its time to let them know... except that I once made a friend think my mom was forcing me to become a stripper and the next week I convinced the same friend that a snake ate part of my phone and had to go into emergency snake surgery... (Ah, the power of text messaging so she wouldn't see me laughing hysterically.)

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  33. My best prank has nothing on yours... it probably involved hiding behind some furniture and yelling "Boo!" at just the right moment. It was pretty awesome though... :)

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  34. For three and a half years people have been believing that my head is an actual piece of toast. Shhh don't tell anyone.

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  35. I KNEW IT!!! Well played, Brandon. Well played.

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  36. "I had to fashion a wiener splint out of Popsicle sticks..."

    Ha-Ha! . . . Hey, wait a minute!
    Would that really work?

    Not sure if this was the best prank I was ever involved in, but it's the only one that immediately came to mind:

    I was part of a 6-guy "drinking gang" called 'The League Of Soul Crusaders' - this was in the early 1980s. One member, called "Pooh", was known for getting "laminated" nightly and probably suffered at least 6 hangovers per week.

    One night while Pooh was passed-out in his apartment, Torch, my brother Nappy, and I sneaked into his apartment and turned every single thing in his bedroom upside down. The ONLY THINGS we didn't turn upside down were his refrigerator (too heavy, but we turned everything INSIDE his refrigerator upside down) and his bed (because he was sleeping in it).

    We figured that "the morning after the night before" would greet Pooh with a massive hangover, and when his eyes opened and EVERYTHING he saw was upside down, he would feel like Alice (or Pooh) in Wonderland.

    In theory it was a great prank, but I don't think Pooh even noticed the condition of his bedroom until he sobered-up three months later.

    It was a great idea, but we needed a non-Irish victim to really make it work.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  37. Brandon sure does have a nice rack! If I were Bryan I'd just have him put the mask back on and pretend nothing happened. But that's only if I were Bryan. If it was myself you can forget it!

    Wait....I am myself, right?

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  38. Pickleope's comment was spot on! Ahahaha, I have nothing to add after that :D

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  39. In grade school, a classmate heard I had a twin (I do have a win brother), but for some reason thought twins had to be identical twins.

    So I'd show up one day as Katy and the next day as Christy (Katy's identical twin).

    I did this for 3 years, until the classmate moved away.

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  40. I bet the double dates got a bit complicated. Must've been a lot of "bathroom breaks."

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  41. Hiding in autopsy under a sheet and appearing to a new security officer patrolling the autopsy, how I laughed, how he shit himself!

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  42. I am confused, I thought they met after a game and that she had visited Hawaii several times. I think there is more to this than just an internet hoax.

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    1. No, he never met her. He just lied to his family members and told them what you mentioned above because he didn't want them to think he was "crazy" for having an Internet girlfriend he'd never met in person.

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  43. I once tried to pull of a major prank but it all went horribly, horribly wrong and now Justin Bieber has a successful career.

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  44. I felt so sad for Manti Te'o when that story broke...now I feel so sad for you guys...

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  45. As a 9 year victim of a Catfish "prank" I can absolutely feel for Manti- if he was in on it. If he wasn't he was a giant moron, but he'd still be a lot smarter than me. Again- NINE YEARS. Ugh. I need a drink.

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  46. I have the weirdest boner right now. ._.

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  47. We convinced our Irish exchange roommate that he was being investigated for sexual harassment. It was really, really messed up.

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  48. I totally felt for Manti. Not so much for you guys. You are obviously devious bastards that deserved everything you got.

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