The Wilmington, Delaware News Journal reports
that there's a new prank that's all the rage in America's high schools. It's called backpack-flipping. The idea is simple. You take someone's backpack, remove all its contents, turn it inside out, and then restuff it with everything that was originally in there. Students are divided on whether or not this is amusing:
Sophomore Tim Southerland, whose backpack has been flipped 15 times, thinks backpack-flipping is "like a drug."
"There are three rules to flipping," he said. "Number one, don't talk about backpack-flipping. Number two, you only flip once. Number three, once you join the flip club you don't get out. It's just like Fight Club. Everyone who doesn't do it is stupid." Many students think that backpack-flipping is an annoyance.
"I think it's stupid because it's not even funny," sophomore Brad Simon said.
I think it sounds as annoyingly stupid as wet-willies or giving people wedgies. But is it a new prank? That's the question. Some believe it is:
According to physical education teacher Harry Walker, backpack-flipping is a relatively new occurrence. "They didn't do it when I was a kid," he said.
I don't recall ever seeing this occur when I was in high school either. So maybe it is new.