Most people have indulged in prank calls at some point during their adolescent years. According to studies, prank call numbers are a common topic of discussion among children aged 11 – 15 to satisfy their social needs. These calls are made in groups most of the time so there’s an instant bonding element, with the caller at the center of attention. On a slightly different note, prank calling allows children to humiliate adults as a form of low-stakes rebellion since these people usually exercise authority over them.
Telephone prank calls take on a wide variety of forms. The most popular ones are in the form of “catch questions”. Some examples are:
- John and the house
Start by prank dialling a random number and when someone finally picks up, ask: “Good morning, is John inside the house?” When they say no, ask this question: “Where does he go then, inside the sink?”
- The refrigerator pun
Call a random number and ask if their refrigerator is running. If they say yes, tell them “Well you better go catch it!”
- What’s holding up the roof?
The script begins with “Hello, is Frank Walls there?” If they say no, ask another question: “How about Pete Walls? Is he there?” If they say no once again, ask the third question: “Are there Walls there?” When they say no one more time, ask the final question: “What’s holding up the roof, then?”
More often than not, these questions are dependent on puns. It brings about some sort of linguistic delight and pranksters realise how powerful words are, especially when used in a different context.
Funny Prank Calls and Voice Calling
Nowadays, voice calling is considered as one of the countless means of communication. These days, we have email, chat, SMS, and other apps that allow people to contact their peers in an instant. Trolling may now be what used to be known as prank calling, but a lot of people seem to disagree because, for them, prank calling is still very much alive. The visceral enthusiasm of pranking people via voice calls still exists, and it doesn’t matter if the prank is successful or not. Prank calls, however, can be a lot funnier, creative and generate more laughs other forms of prank, and are timeless.
While technology does play a huge disadvantage for those who forget to hide their identity (imagine doing a prank call via Skype), the thrill of making funny prank calls trumps the desire to remain anonymous. This is evident in the number of TV shows that now have segments where the host’s prank calls one of his/her viewers. The call is broadcasted on national television and that’s what makes it even more interesting: everyone can watch and laugh at the reaction once the host reveals their true identity! After all, it’s not every day that you get to talk to a celebrity. Sharing pranks done in good spirits is a magical combination!
So if you’re reading this article and are tempted to try prank calling, go ahead. Invite your friends over, try prank dialling random numbers and take turns doing making the calls. Prank call sensibly and in good spirits, and try to make your pranks fun for all involved. That’s the whole point!