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  Funny, harmless pranks on kayak buddies.
  Posted by: bogmonkey on Aug-16-13 9:23 AM (EST)
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Do you folks have any fun pranks you play on your paddle friends?

My favorite is to wait until we're out in some deep water and very isolated. I sneak out a pint of pig's blood I get from the butcher and keep in the cooler on my SOT kayak. I'll pick a random moment then start screaming "F--KING SHARK!!!" as I burst the blood sac all over my face and upper torso. Then I go real quiet and kinda crumple forward and start twitching.

Always a classic...and all in good fun!

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  Posted by: scottfree on Aug-16-13 9:29 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-16-13 9:31 AM EST --

That's really pushing the limits!

I carry a rubber fishing minnow with me. At lunch, I'll wade into the water a bit, and pretend to catch the minnow, flick it on the head to kill it, and pop it into my mouth. At no point during this do I cover myself in animal blood. :-)

BTW...could a bag of pig blood actually attract sharks???

  Posted by: bogmonkey on Aug-16-13 9:38 AM (EST)
The fun thing about pulling this prank off Fort Desoto or similar locations here in the St Pete area is that there really IS a chance of a shark being nearby!

The added fun is prepping the newbs on the drive out, telling the about "several shark sightings" in the last week. Just planting the seed, in a sense.

It's usually me, my friend, and one newb position that gets rotated. When I pop the sac, my friend (who is also in on it) starts screaming like a schoolgirl and pretends to go into a panic attack where he just keeps screaming over and over...while I lie forward dripping in blood and slowly spasming.

So funny to see how the newbs react!
  Don't think it's funny
  Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Aug-16-13 9:54 AM (EST)
Like crying wolf, what if really did happen, not out of the realm of possibility.
  not funny to me
  Posted by: thegoose on Aug-16-13 10:05 AM (EST)
although i have paddled with someone that made a dorsal fin out of minicell, weighted so it floats correctly and tows it behind his boat.
  Posted by: tiger1964 on Aug-16-13 10:40 AM (EST)
I think it's funny in a way. Uh, for the uninitiated, where does one get pigs blood? Pigblood Depot?
  we do that too
  Posted by: rikjohnson on Aug-16-13 12:24 PM (EST)
my daughter and I fould a battery-operated shark-fin.

We turn it on and tow it behind our kayaks so it looks like a shark is following us. When se stop, the moter makes the thing keep on moving.

We do thison inland fresh-water lakes IN THE DESERT and have had a number of people scream 'shark!'.
  Thats great
  Posted by: mcimes on Aug-16-13 11:08 AM (EST)
I think thats hilarious. I personally dont have that kind of commitment to a prank that I would splash pigs blood on me, but I applaud your determination.

Whats the best reaction you've gotten?

PS if you get eaten by a shark you were asking for it, but its worth the risk IMO.
  Tsk Tsk
  Posted by: pblanc on Aug-16-13 11:28 AM (EST)
Play pranks on my paddling buddies?

You mean like sneaking up behind them and opening the drain plug on their kayak?

What kind of person would do such a thing?
  That's too much for me
  Posted by: Guideboatguy on Aug-16-13 1:20 PM (EST)
Have you personally ever seen a person get seriously hurt? If you have, and and if you still think this is "all in good fun", then in my opinion you have no heart. Evening finding out later that it was just a prank doesn't undo that awful kick in the gut that the observer feels if they believe what they see is real. I simply can't fathom the idea of wanting to make another person feel that way, even for a few seconds.
  Posted by: old_user on Aug-16-13 1:51 PM (EST)
You must post video!
  I smell a troll !
  Posted by: JackL on Aug-16-13 4:40 PM (EST)
Jack L
  Isn't there
  Posted by: sissy103 on Aug-17-13 9:34 AM (EST)
a fine for feeding them?
  I occasionally take my PFD off
  Posted by: Ayornamut on Aug-16-13 5:42 PM (EST)
on land and pretend I'm going down for the 3rd time ... in quicksand.

Of course, I guess that wouldn't be as funny in Florida with all the sinkholes.
  I'll have to try that one ...
  Posted by: Jeffrey_Lee on Aug-16-13 6:35 PM (EST)
... here on the Great Lakes ...

Replace with, "F--KING STURGEON!!!"

Jeffrey Lee
  Alas McGreevy, fellow of infinite jest
  Posted by: Jeffrey_Lee on Aug-16-13 7:13 PM (EST)
When we spent a week last year touring in Lake Superior's Slate Islands, we camped near McGreevy Harbour, presumably named for an early settler. One evening, after perhaps too many sunset scotches, we agreed that one of the many wave-rounded stones on the beach resembled a human skull. We began referring to him as McGreevy.

One night as I went to bed, I moved McGreevy several feet up the trail toward the campsite. The next morning, he was near the campfire.

After dark, I moved him just outside my partner's tent flap, and I may have heard my buddy stub his toe and curse during his 2AM pee break.

The next morning, as we packed the kayaks to depart, I discovered McGreevy lolling in my seat.

I helped McGreevy make his way into my buddy's bow hatch and made him comfortable beneath a warm fleece. But later, as we both shoved off and turned to go, alas I spied McGreevy perched atop a tree stump on the shore, seeing us off.

McGreevy spoke not a word of the matter, and neither did we ...

Jeffrey Lee
  He is still there as of last week
  Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-16-13 9:44 PM (EST)
but the resident caribou have nibbled a bit on his lichen.
  Posted by: rjd9999 on Aug-17-13 11:48 AM (EST)
you think the caribu took a lichen to him?

  Good one! NM
  Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-18-13 9:26 AM (EST)
  Fishing line Rubber snake
  Posted by: Boyscout on Aug-16-13 9:40 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-24-13 12:19 PM EST --

Have tied a rubber sake to fishing line the attached it to the back of kayaks. amazing how much people remember what you showed them. when they think the snake is after them. have not done that since I stoped helping on kayak trips.
One accidental joke was a loon call\wolf howl ring tone. was using each as a alarm setting. PJC seemed surprised to hear a loon call when he was camping in mo.

  Yeah, I take up space on the wrong
  Posted by: ezwater on Aug-17-13 12:29 AM (EST)
  you'll find the right one someday
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-19-13 2:29 PM (EST)
Of course, the rest of us will never know you did.
  Lame prank
  Posted by: cliffrnatp on Aug-20-13 10:42 PM (EST)
I must be simple, because I am so easily amused. . On a road trip to Florida with a friend who hates to waste gas on AC, I would wait until we were in the heat of the day, and tell him to look at the rhino (or something equally dumb)out the window. I would Click the heated seat on HI and just wait. Once is no good. You have to see how many times you can pull it off. No better way to wake someone up. It's all about bonding.
  Do you have any friends ?
  Posted by: Cliffjrs on Aug-23-13 7:24 AM (EST)
  Posted by: bogmonkey on Aug-23-13 10:16 AM (EST)
  Wake up call
  Posted by: riverstrider on Aug-23-13 1:14 PM (EST)
I've only had this opportunity a couple times, with excellent results, while camping on trail maintenance projects:

Get up before the prankee.

Remove the chain from the chain saw, but replace the bar.

Fire it up, and go charging into a tent laughing maniacally, revving it up and taking aim at the sleeping bags.

The amount of activity one can work up in a confined space in a small amount of time is impressive.

It is a good idea to be a good judge oc=f character, and not attempt this on someone without a twisted sense of humor.



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