The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Pimping Game
How to play the "pimping" game: Print a fake license plate on glossy paper using license-plate-like fonts downloaded off the web. Tape this fake license plate over your real license plate. Then purposefully speed in an area where you'll get photographed by speed cameras. Whoever owns the license-plate-number you faked will then get mailed a ticket.

If you really want to get fancy, make sure the car you're driving is similar to the car you want to prank.

Police report that kids are increasingly using this technique to get tickets sent to parents, teachers, and other victims. Says one unnamed parent: "This game is very disturbing."

I don't know why it's called the "pimping" game.

Link: Daily Tech
Categories: Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Mon Dec 22, 2008
Comments (5)
Not 100% sure, but I'd put money on the name coming from the old TV show "Pimp My Ride" about cosmetic modifications to vehicles.
Posted by fuzzfoot  in  potland, or  on  Tue Dec 23, 2008  at  12:02 AM
Has anyone yet released the inevitable porno tape named "Ride My Pimp?"
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Tue Dec 23, 2008  at  03:44 AM
The origin of pimping in this purpose is from the use of the term in US prison systems as in to snitch on another person, for personal gain, in a usually fallacious manner. y'know not that I was ever in prison
Posted by James Simko  on  Wed Dec 24, 2008  at  10:33 PM
@Cranky Media Guy:"Ride+My+Pimp"+adult
Posted by Gutza  on  Tue Jan 13, 2009  at  06:24 AM
Would be a nice use of false positives to undermine surveillance technology (reminds me of Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother"), if only they were doing it for that reason.
Posted by Marc  on  Sat Jan 17, 2009  at  08:45 PM
Commenting is no longer available for this post.
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.