by Justin Crockett
Have you ever driven by a stop sign and seen where a jokester wrote something witty under the word “stop”? Or gone to the library and someone has replaced all the books with dicks? They’re classic pranks, and you’d love to read more about it if you were able to check out a book on the subject instead of leafing through piles of male genitalia.
Some creative people have taken these antics and ramped them up to insane levels by pulling pranks at some of the most high-profile landmarks throughout the world. And their legacy will assuredly live on in this article which a couple hundred people will read. I’d say that’s a win for the jesters of the world.
L.A. Man Keeps Fiddling with the “Hollywood” Sign
When California became more lenient on pot laws in 1976, one man took to the mountainside where the iconic “Hollywood” sign is located, and strategically hung special curtains around a few letters to make it say “Hollyweed”. And this wasn’t the last time he would pull this shit: he made it say “Holywood” for Easter the next year, and “Ollywood” about a decade later, to protest Oliver North’s involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal.
His work even continued into the 90’s when he hung plastic sheeting to make the letters say “Oil War”.
KFC at Area 51
Kentucky Fried Chicken had a novel approach to slinging fried chicken: they decided to organize 65,000 tiles of red, black, white, and gray into a massive portrait of their corporate logo. One they claimed could be seen from space, and has been seen on Google Earth. And of all places, they did it in the desert, right near the Area 51 complex.
Here is the construction of the giant, likely-slave-owning-at-some-point Colonel Sanders:
Nude Model Beamed Onto Parliament
The men’s magazine FHM was working on a poll of the 100 sexiest women in the world. While Julianna Moore was not present on said list, they did decided that a former children’s show actress would fit on it. One way they decided to promote it was to beam her naked backside of one of the most recognizable buildings in history: London’s House of Parliament. They could have let her know about it, however.
Two German Artists Are Obsessed With the Brooklyn Bridge
A twosome of artists out of Germany have an fixation with the Brooklyn Bridge. First, in 2007, they fastened balloons to some of the cables that rise off the bridge, high in the air. Then, for the 145th anniversary of the death of the German architect who designed the bridge, the duo climbed up the massive stone towers of the Bridge, where only maintenance workers and police have access, removed the massive American flags which fly there, and replaced them with stark white flags that they created.
“HAHAHAHAHAHAHA” – Deutscheland
Presumably, thousands of Germans laughed hysterically at these shenanigans, while Americans shrugged, resigned to never understanding the Germanic sense of humor.
Times Square in Reverse
A comedy-prank troupe based out of New York called Improv Everywhere, corralled more than 2,000 people, and instructed them to begin walking backwards simultaneously in the middle of Times Square. The resulting video is shown here:
Note this fella:
Who is confident that he woke up in an alternate dimension where people now just go the other way when walking, and sneeze out of their toes, and cry from their anuses.
Reclusive “urban artist” Banksy has shown up clandestinely at numerous landmarks and altered the sites to protest all kinds of things. He showed up in Palestine and created paintings on the border with Israel, even receiving warning shots from soldiers nearby. The pieces depicted a paradise-type life on the other side:
Banksy also snuck a fake artifact into the British Museum. The fake cave painting depicted a man pushing a supermarket pushcart. It sat on the wall at a major art museum for three days before anyone noticed it was fabricated bullshit, and was promptly taken down:
“Here we see early man, going down aisle 5 for some garbanzo-HEYWAITAMINUTE.”
Disneyland was another target, as he placed a replica of a Guantanamo Bay inmate off to the side of a popular railroad ride. It sat there, clad in prison orange and a hood, for 90 minutes before the ride was shut down and the effigy removed.
Appears Gitmo detainees just really love choo-choo trains.