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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
What do the lines on Solo cups mean?
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Do not push this button!
Here's a prank that's also an interesting experiment in social psychology. In the middle of a busy public square, a big sign over a red button says, "DO NOT PUSH THIS BUTTON." Of course, random people walking by inevitably do push the button. At which point, everyone in the square appears to drop dead. So what does the person who pushed the button do? Does he/she try to help the people? No. Every single person who pushed the button runs away, as if trying to escape being found out.

The prank was filmed in a square in Rio de Janeiro. The TV presenter Silvio Santos provides a narration (in portuguese). More info at

Categories: Pranks, Psychology
Posted by The Curator on Wed Feb 20, 2013
Comments (4)
Hah! That's pretty impressive work! I think ol' Allen Funt would have kicked himself for not thinking of it.

If it were me, I think I'd probably see what happened if I pushed the button again.
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Thu Feb 21, 2013  at  01:26 AM
Robin, like the girl at the end did?

And the laugh-track on that video creeped me out a tad.
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Thu Feb 21, 2013  at  07:01 AM
I'd run, but out of fright instead of guilt.
Posted by cavalier  on  Thu Feb 21, 2013  at  09:55 AM
I find it fishy. Why are they following the girl with a camera through the park in the beginning of the video? Did they KNOW she was going to push the button? Looks like a set up to me.
Posted by Tobester  in  New Jersey  on  Wed Feb 27, 2013  at  08:50 AM
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