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"They Live" Prank

Makeup visible only through special infrared glasses makes people look like aliens.
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First I have to say pranks are obnoxious and I hate anybody who thinks otherwise.

That being said, here's a prank. You have a bunch of actors walking about a public place that have creepy alien face makeup on that's only visible when viewed with special infrared glasses.

Then an accomplice standing on a street corner hands the special glasses to passerbys. They've got a big sign saying "The Aliens Are Among Us!" When the occasional person decides to take a pair, film their reaction when they see that 1 in about every 10 people in the crowd are "aliens".

Put it on line, get 100 million views and make about twenty bucks in royalties. Then go get a life and stop being such a jerk.

doctorremulac3, Dec 19 2016

The basic idea. http://t1.gstatic.c...L-Av_fUEmjSK7psyRR2
[doctorremulac3, Dec 19 2016]

Sunscreen in UV filter https://www.youtube...watch?v=LHNf3Qe7QJ8
[tatterdemalion, Dec 19 2016]

Spider Dog https://www.youtube...4&t=4s&spfreload=10
Watch 'em scream, watch 'em run ... the dog's very cute, too. [8th of 7, Dec 19 2016]

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       //glasses that utilize science//   

       Any ideas which science? The only thing I can think of that would work would be some sort of polarising makeup and corresponding glasses. When viewed normally, it would be a neutral skin tone. With the glasses, some regions would appear brighter than others.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 19 2016
  

       //Any ideas which science?//   

       Yes. See Tat's link that he's going to put up in a few minutes.   

       Rather than glasses, you could also hand out UV flashlights.
doctorremulac3, Dec 19 2016
  

       // 1 in about every 10 people in the crowd are "aliens". //   

       Naah. Most major Northern Hemisphere cities, about 1 in 7. Southern Hemisphere, about 1 in 5, except Canberra, Auckland and Wellington, which are now over 85% off-planet permanent residents.   

       And then there's Swindon, which doesn't support carbon-based life in any meaningful sense, but is staffed entirely by androids that failed the QA test for Westworld.
8th of 7, Dec 19 2016
  

       Yes, some additional info on the mechanism would be helpful. Sunscreen shows up well in UV filter but I don't know if it's possible to do this using just a lens.   

       IR I'm quite sure can't be done with science glasses that one would hand out on street corners. FLIR cameras are a thing that people buy and use to view IR, not just film it.
tatterdemalion, Dec 19 2016
  

       It could be done and I think most people would watch the video. As far as pranks go, this one is pretty harmless I guess. I think if somebody were to get really freaked out you'd just tell them how it was done and that they don't need to worry about alien invasions, just about being gullible.   

       Hmm. You get about $2,000 for every million views on Youtube. So if you get a hundred million views, not impossible, you'd get 1/5th of a million bucks. Not a bad payday for just being obnoxious.
doctorremulac3, Dec 19 2016
  

       If that's your game, just do what the YT prankers do, fake it. Nobody cares what is real any more.
tatterdemalion, Dec 19 2016
  

       Particularly voters in the U.S., seemingly ...   

       // As far as pranks go, this one is pretty harmless I guess. //   

       Not as funny as "Spider Dog", though.   

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       // Not a bad payday for just being obnoxious. //   

       Not as good as being elected President, tho ...
8th of 7, Dec 19 2016
  
      
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