The Body On A Highway Prank

Status: Prank Gone Wrong
One of the rules of pranking is that you should do no harm. This means no harm to others, nor to yourself. The two Russian soldiers who thought lying down across the highway would be a funny prank, should have given more thought to this rule. As reported by
Two young men, private Vladislav Lunev and first class private Nikolay Chistyakov escaped from the army troops not far from Moscow, Russia, late at night, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported Saturday. Being in a very good mood, the two decided to play a practical joke on the drivers and lay down across the highway. The soldiers lay on the ground, feet touching, blocking the road. They crossed their arms on their chests and held cigarettes. At 3.20 a.m. a truck that carried milk to Moscow ran straight over both the young men. Lunev died on the spot, and Chistyakov, whose legs were smashed, died later in hospital. The truck driver did not even stop. As he later told the police that detained him, he had no idea the two figures he ran over had been real people. He said countryside boys often threw dummies — clothes stuffed by straw — into the road to scare the drivers. On seeing two camouflaged figures, the driver calmly sped on, never realizing he killed two people.
I think these guys are good candidates for Darwin Awards.

Death Pranks

Posted on Tue Jun 20, 2006


Anyone who does something that deliberately places them in harm's way, relying upon someone else to notice that they're being stupid and react in time...
Posted by Robin Bobcat  on  Wed Jun 21, 2006  at  01:04 AM
Well, the FIRST rule of hoaxing is, "Don't talk about hoaxing." The SECOND rule would be, "Don't do anything that breaks the law or would hurt you or someone else."

Other than that, the sky's pretty much the limit.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Jun 21, 2006  at  01:22 AM
Well, there's grossly offensive stuff I'd also avoid, if we're on the topic.

For instance I don't think it's illegal (and certainly doesn't harm anyone) to have a rotting pig's carcass, worms and all, driving shotgun (the driver being the prankster, making passers-by puke.) But that doesn't make it a good prank.
Posted by Gutza  on  Wed Jun 21, 2006  at  01:40 AM
They were drunk, probably
Posted by LaMa  on  Wed Jun 21, 2006  at  05:25 AM
Darwin award.
Posted by Ed  on  Wed Jun 21, 2006  at  07:09 AM
Cranky, you're already breaking the first Rule of Hoaxing. Does that mean you have to be disbarred now? 😉
Posted by Charybdis  on  Wed Jun 21, 2006  at  08:32 AM
I think a rotting pig's carcass riding shotgun would be harmful to you, wouldn't it?
Posted by Dracul  on  Wed Jun 21, 2006  at  05:06 PM
it might be harmful to the resale value of the car...
Posted by katey  on  Wed Jun 21, 2006  at  05:29 PM
As a Penn & Teller fan, I've always considered their rule of NPD (no permanent dammage) as one of the best to follow whenever pulling a prank or stunt.

In other words, "What's the worst thing that could happen as a result of this?" And if the answer is permanenet damage to yourself or others, FORGET IT!

In this case, lieing on the road in the dark.
What's the worst that could happen?
Getting run over and killed! Forget it!
Posted by Captain DaFt  on  Wed Jun 21, 2006  at  07:18 PM
Charybdis said:

"Cranky, you're already breaking the first Rule of Hoaxing. Does that mean you have to be disbarred now?"

Well, I should have been clearer about that First Rule, I guess. I MEANT that you shouldn't talk about the hoax before it happens or while it's happening. Also, I was just making a stupid Fight Club joke.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Jun 22, 2006  at  02:15 AM
Oh. Darnit, I was hoping for an old-fashioned disbarment. :down:

*puts away his whackin' stick*
Posted by Charybdis  on  Thu Jun 22, 2006  at  08:47 AM
My grandfather-in-law, while driving his family through the lonely wilds of Mexico 50+ years ago, saw a body on the road ahead. Reasoning that someone lying there 'just so' was likely a bandit, with others waiting to ambush a car which slowed down, he sped up, and a good thing, too. At the last minute, the "body" jumped up, and started chasing the car, along with a number of formerly hidden accomplices.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Thu Jun 22, 2006  at  06:12 PM
Is it wrong that this story made me laugh really really hard?
Posted by Nona  on  Thu Feb 22, 2007  at  05:55 AM
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