Give Humor On Christmas With A Prank Pack

I’ve participated in plenty of pranks in my time, both giving and receiving, and they’re almost always a lot of fun. My cousin, in particular, is a big prankster and joker who always enjoys a good laugh. This week, I got a couple Prank Pack prank gift boxes in the mail to review, and who better to try one out on than John.

Prank Pack iArm

What Is A Prank Pack?

A Prank Pack is a box designed to look like a real product that is just outlandish enough to make the recipient think you bought them some crazy gift that they may never use. Inside the box, you place a real gift so that your giftee isn’t left feeling like you cheated him out of a gift. So it’s the best of both worlds. You get to prank someone, but they still get a real gift that they’ll use. They make a bunch of different gift boxes such as CoffeeTalkies – travel coffee mugs that double as walkie talkies, Bathe&Brew – a shower head that brews your coffee with the same hot water you shower in, ToeTunes – slippers that have speakers built right in, and several others. They sell for $8 per box or you can get a 3-pack right now for $20.

Prank Packing John For Your Enjoyment

My cousin John, as my mentioned above, is no stranger to pranks, so he was definitely due to be pranked. We bought him a gift we thought he’d like, and as it’s a book, it easily fit into the Prank Pack box. The box we chose was the iArm seen in the photo above. It’s a device that straps to your arm that you can attach an iPad, remote controls, or even your dinner plate to. Since John has an iPad, we thought this would be a nice fit. Just believable enough for him to not know if we were seriously giving this thing to him. We wrapped it up and invited John out to breakfast. The video below shows hot it all went.

I really liked the Prank Pack, and I think John’s even going to re-use it to prank someone else for Christmas. $8 per box is more than I’d normally pay for a quick prank, but the boxes look pretty professional and are actually good quality. Pair that with the fact that it’ll likely get used two or three times, and it’s not a bad price at all.

Buy Or WIN A Prank Pack

Like any other product, you can buy a Prank Pack box, of course. As mentioned before, they’re eight bucks a piece or you can snag a deal for a three pack. The web site seems to guarantee shipping by Christmas (as of the time I’m writing this) for only $5, but you can also drop into a Bed Bath and Beyond and grab one there without waiting. You can also try to win one right here. All you have to do is comment on or Tweet about this post or share it on Facebook, but you only have 2 days, so do it now below. Note that the box I’m giving away is the CoffeeTalkies, perfect for that coffee fiend you know.


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A Little April Fools Day Fun

It’s April 1st. Of course, that means there will be all kinds of pranks being played all over the place, on and off the web. If you stopped by the site or happen to be subscribed to my feed, then you probably saw something like the image below.

JoeTech.com wasn’t hacked
I wasn’t hacked, but I sure fooled a couple people into thinking I was. I actually had another prank in mind, but today snuck up on me, so I decided at the last minute to hold that one for next year. Here’s what JoeTech.com looked like earlier today:

JoeTech.com Hacked
(image courtesy of http://www.i-tong.com/)

JoeTech.com Widget WarningAt least one person thought that my prank was in poor taste, while others didn’t seem as bothered. This is due, largely, to the fact that dozens (hundreds? I haven’t counted) of people have my Entrecard Slots and Ad Slots widgets on their blogs. I honestly hadn’t thought of that, but the widgets were loaded over 300,000 times in March, so I should have. In any case, it was all in good fun and I wasn’t hacked. I’m sorry if I scared a few people.

Others had some fun, too
John Chow ColaI wasn’t the only one playing devious little pranks today. They ranged from brilliant marketing like Ades going RSS only to fake marketing like ShoeMoney’s post about how to make $1,000 in an hour and ProBlogger’s PayPerTweet Launch, to some more fun and creative ones like John Chow Cola. Don’t take my word for it. There’s a whole list of the top 40 April Fools pranks of 2008.

Where is the line drawn?
My prank and the mixed reaction to it leaves me asking where the line should be drawn. Had I anticipated the notion that it was in bad taste, I might have come up with something different and not just copied John Cow’s 2007 prank. I wonder, though. What about all the other pranks. Is it OK for TechCrunch to claim they’re suing Facebook for $25 million? I assume companies like Coca-Cola and FaceBook who are named in these pranks take it in stride because it’s clearly a joke, but what about those who believe it? Chime in, people.