- "Freezing" events: people pose like statues in public places.
- going pantless in subways
- staging impromptu musicals in malls
- pretending to be zombies and roaming city streets
- crowds of people dancing to music no one else can hear.
- identical twins on subways mirroring each other's actions
Not everyone is taken with the new pranks. Old-school prankster Joey Skaggs is paraphrased as saying, "the stunts lack a subversive, anti-establishment edge. Because of that, people are less likely to stop and think about what they're seeing -- or even care. 'The bar's been really lowered,' he says. 'There's a lot of junk out there calling itself pranks.'"
And then there's the inevitable attempt by corporations to co-opt the trend. For instance, Mr. Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere, was hired by Taco Bell to stage a "freeze" in one of its restaurants: