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05 December 2010 @ 03:37 pm
office porta-potty  
I desperately want to do this sometime. Maybe at Burning Man?
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I'm feeling: amusedamused
Sandrosandhawke on December 5th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Brilliant. I love how they walk back into the toilet, complying with social pressure.
drwex: Pythondrwex on December 6th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
I noticed that as well
It's brutal in part because there's no way for the victim to leave the "meeting room" except by pushing past since the chairs and table fill up the room side-to-side.

I was amused.
whynotkaywhynotkay on December 6th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Yes! Although at Burning Man would be like shooting ducks in a barrel...
KissofLife: Almost Got Cookiekissoflife on December 6th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
Naww, they'd be mentally prepared too easily at Burning Man- already be expecting anything(including from the rumor spreading). They'd either not appreciably react or come out with the best improv evarr and it'd be a totally different thing. Which would be good too, yes!
sarahshevettsarahshevett on December 6th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
I think jokes like this are mean
Practical jokes are mean. I don't like to be the object of jokes.
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on December 6th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: I think jokes like this are mean
I disagree that all practical jokes are mean, although I certainly have seen plenty that are.

I will endeavor never to make you the object of any of my jokes.
sarahshevettsarahshevett on December 6th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
I thought that was the point
Isn't the point of these sort of jokes to make someone look foolish? Or to scare someone and make them look foolish?
And an audience that is in on the joke to laugh at them?

Thanks for the reassurance , tho..!
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on December 6th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: I thought that was the point
I think the point is to make people laugh by interrupting their expectations of how things work. I don't think any of the people in that video look foolish! There is no social script for how to deal with what happened to them. They look surprised and nonplussed ... as they should. I think the ideal practical joke is confusing, and then funny for the object of the joke when s/he is let in on it. It's not about making someone look foolish, but to make the world less predictable in a fun and revealing way. Like filling someone's room with balloons, for example.

But the only standard I can use for where the line is appropriately drawn is my own reaction. I would find it highly entertaining to have the porta-potty joke pulled on me. I gather that you wouldn't! It's impossible to know how such a joke will be received by a stranger.

In some senses, that makes Burning Man an even better place to do it, because everyone there has already signed up for surreal and weird experiences.