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Happy Birthday Matt Conlon
February 13, 2004
Today is the birthday of my friend and coworker Matt Conlon. Matt is a really wonderful guy in many ways. He is dedicated, hard-working, a great DJ, creative, likes to work on building community and is well known in his community.
He also has an alias he likes to live up to with vigor. Matt's nickname is Jackass. Give Matt a megaphone and you will be very sorry until the batteries die. He takes on an alter-ego that is loud and obnoxious.
So how does one find a way to help this man celebrate his birthday? Why, with a prank of course!
And I am the prank master.
So it falls to me to create a prank that is unusual and inspired. I wanted to find a way to make the day memorable without being destructive or hurtful. I mean, it is his birthday, so I had to be nice at least this once. And he did buy me a shot of fine scotch on my birthday.
I decided to place a personals ad for Matt.
I wanted something humorous and fun. I wanted to pick on him, but I did not want it to be about any personal shortcomings because the idea was not to be cruel. The idea was to be funny. So I came up with this ad:
I happen to have access to his mail server (I am his mail admin), so I created a new e-mail account, I filled out all of the ad information, published the ad, then rerouted his e-mail back to his inbox and had a blind copy sent to me.
So I contacted hundreds of people off-list and sent them the ad and the e-mail address so they could send Matt a happy birthday wish through the personals ad.
The responses just flooded in. People took great pleasure in responding with some very creative responses. Some picked on him for not being able to kill the spider. Some picked on him because he was using such an obvious ploy to attract women into his home, others picked on him for being a little girly man.
Matt found the prank to be inspired. He thought it was pure genius and it really made his day. Not every prank works the way you hope. Not every person responds in a happy way. But sometimes you get the right situation with the right prank and the results are really great. I look forward to seeing what I can come up with next time.
If you need a prank, here are a few I have come up with that I feel are very good. http://www.gwally.com/pranks/.
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