Let's play a prank on the Internet

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Itisnotlogical, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Itisnotlogical

    Itisnotlogical Commodore Commodore

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    I've been thinking about the aspartame scare that's been making it's paranoid circles in my household lately, and after doing my own digging, I've decided that people will believe anything if it's scary enough while still being just barely plausible. And thus this idea was born. If anything I'm about to suggest is illegal for any reason (those crazy laws!) please let me know before I make an ass of myself.

    Simply enough, I'm going to find an ingredient that's on almost every ingredient label, while still named something that wouldn't make sense to the average layman (Maltodextrin, guar gum, etc.) and then start a fake health scare about it, with little to no proof, using chain e-mail. My theory is that those gullible enough will believe any message using this formula:

    - The FDA is a greedy organization run by the Lizard People and CIA spooks that is in no way interested in your safety nor paid to watch out for said safety

    - Independent studies (no actual study required; add on the name of a fake doctor for added plausibility) have shown that this ingredient will kill you if you eat a certain amount of it (never list a specific amount or dosage)

    - The worst part? You could be eating it RIGHT NOW!

    - Also, it was used in this dangerous product (rat poison's always a favorite). Do you want to be eating RAT POISON!?

    - Please think of the children!!!

    I don't really have any goal for this prank, other than to see somebody take it seriously, because it would amuse me to feed somebody utter cock-and-bull and get away with it. What would really be great though, is if it were to appear on a major news outlet. If it were to appear on TV, I will go on TV, point back to this very webpage, and let the world know that they've been pranked. :lol:

    I still have a few holes in this plan, namely that I haven't actually picked out a "poison" yet. Does anybody have any ideas? The more things it's in, the better, but it has to be something that would show up on an ingredient label.
     
  2. wamdue

    wamdue Admiral Admiral

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    your idea is as confusing as your signature
     
  3. Spot's Meow

    Spot's Meow Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Sounds like fun to me! I don't have any awesome ideas, but I wish you well in your endeavor.
     
  4. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

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  5. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    Actually, the grayish-blue background color here at the BBS has been known to cause seizures, or at least some forms of mental retardation.
     
  6. sojourner

    sojourner Admiral In Memoriam

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    ^That explains %95 of the posts on this board.
     
  7. Amaris

    Amaris Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Pfft. No I doesn't.
     
  8. Deckerd

    Deckerd Fleet Arse Premium Member

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    Huh your post make as much sence as yur sig.
     
  9. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    It also causes dyslexia.
     
  10. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

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    You mean "dyspepsia."
     
  11. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    But hopefully not dysuria.
     
  12. captcalhoun

    captcalhoun Admiral Admiral

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    C12H22O11 it's dangerous! it can cause tooth decay, as well as highs like a drug and can be highly addictive! it's commonly found in many foods and is soluble in water, meaning you could consume it and never know!
     
  13. spooky spice

    spooky spice Commander Red Shirt

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    now see I thought we were going to start a rumour about the internet causing health problems of some sort, and see how many people believe it and stop using it.
     
  14. Itisnotlogical

    Itisnotlogical Commodore Commodore

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    Yes, but sugar would show up on an ingredient label as sugar, not by it's chemical formula.
     
  15. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

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    But it's a major ingredient in Cake!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0tMvxV-GC4
     
  16. Kemaiku

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  17. wamdue

    wamdue Admiral Admiral

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    If we are going to bring Ponys into this, I would say that playing pranks like this is hardly the pony way of peace, love & friendship

    *excuse me whilst I go throw up*

    so yeah OP you should totally do this.
     
  18. Kemaiku

    Kemaiku Admiral Admiral

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    You've never met Pinkie Pie obviously :lol:
     
  19. Balrog

    Balrog Commodore Commodore

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    Misinformation spread through the Internet? It'll never work...
     
  20. wamdue

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    funny that what with her being a fictional character and all.