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Confusion for Dummies

A book of antics, to confuse and amuse the public.
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Drawing from the idea of "genk" that was also posted on here. I figured that a great idea would be to create an entire book filled with endless ways to mess with the general public in legal, and harmless ways. or How-to's for things such as "how to completley fail a job interview" or "Top 10 things to do/say on an amusment park ride before it starts" or simply along the same lines as Genk, "20 Nonsensical antics to draw crowds"

Life is far too important to be taken serriously.. You'll never get out alive ;-)

The general public for centuries has been considered something only approchable by people selling something. Its time we use the general public for pure, harmless amusment.. just the way it was intended

Tsukarata, Apr 26 2002

Try this http://www.astalavista.com/archive
Watch out for pop-ups, links to porn sites, etc. [pottedstu, Apr 26 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Trigger Happy TV http://www.channel4...igger_happy_tv.html
Dom Jolly's TV series does exactly what you want. [DrBob, Apr 26 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Resumes For People Who Don't Really Want The Job http://www.halfbake..._20Want_20The_20Job
[phoenix, Apr 26 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

RE/Search #11: Pranks! http://www.vsearchm...oks/prankprod.shtml
Interviews with pranksters, history. [jutta, Apr 26 2002]

Penn & Teller's How to Play with Your Food http://www.amazon.c...79743111/halfbakery
Having said how horrible I would find it if people actually got their antics from a manual, this one and the other P&T books are my favorite manuals that I hope nobody will follow. [jutta, Apr 26 2002]


       Yup. I'd take instruction on how to muss with the general John. Q. Public.
neelandan, Apr 26 2002

       Sounds good to me. I think most people could do with more 'er... what?' moments in their life.
sadie, Apr 26 2002

       To me, funny comments and pranks are attractive because they're an expression of the humor and intelligence of the person making them. That doesn't work if you get them from a book.   

       Imagine running a rollercoaster and having to listen to the same 10 lines over and over again each day?
jutta, Apr 26 2002

       So, you'd take a dim view of the "Annotations For Dummies" book that I use here, Jutta?
bristolz, Apr 26 2002

       Wait... I'm confused.
RayfordSteele, Apr 26 2002

       You can stand on a stree corner and gaze upward, intently, at something going on up there (a couple people doing this is better). Be sure to point and talk excitedly about the thing going on up there. What the heck is that anyway? Look up there, don't you see it?   

       You can also 'lean'. Learn how to position your feet to give you maximum lean in one direction, everything else about your body kept straight--again, two people doing this and leaning in the same direction is more fun. Get people passing by to totter around trying to line themselves up with your vertical.
entremanure, Apr 27 2002

       It's the generality of the general public that warrants a book of this sort. The only drawback is that if the book sold well, such things may become mainstream, and those who go about what we may now call 'normal' business would probably only be able to do so by reading how to do it from a 'how to freak the general public out by not trying to freak them out' handbook.   

       I'm not even sure whether that made sense.
aaarrrggh, Apr 27 2002

       Also, how do we know we're not members of the general public ourselves?
aaarrrggh, Apr 27 2002

       Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends = Penn and Teller
thumbwax, Apr 29 2002

       For strangers who are a bit too nosey you could stare at them in fright or in shock and then get on your cell phone and say something to the effect of "Hello this is agent 461A. I have a visual on the subject. You will be here in 2 minutes? Ok, GREAT!" And then just calmly walk away.
Jscotty, Dec 05 2005


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