Richard Wiseman’s Top Ten Practical Jokes

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    I can’t do the answering machine joke cause my answering machine is George Takei.

  • Aliasalpha

    Hahaha LOVE the youtube one

  • lordshipmayhem

    Friend of mine was a sysadmin. One April 1st, the people at his company (at least, those he knew could take a joke) came into work and booted up their computers. They were greeted with the following message on their screens:

    “(doubletalk) error. Press ‘any’ key to continue”

    Whichever key was pressed triggered the following message:

    “That’s not the ‘any’ key, stupid! Try again!”

    Pressing any key would resume the normal bootup process.

  • Timberwoof

    I once recorded an answering machine message like this: I turned up the volume on my stereo and let that blast while I said “Hello?” Then I said, “Wait, I can’t hear you. Let me turn down the volume.” I turned down the volume, and said, “Okay, sorry about that.” After a few seconds I said, “Hang on, I’m not home right now. You’ll have to leave a message,” timed to have the beep beep right then.

    When I get automated phone calls, I set the receiver next to the TV set or radio so that when an operator answers or it records a message, they get spammed.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      I miss answering machines.


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