Americans love playing pranks. We may be overweight, we may not have the world's highest scores in math and science, but no one can accuse us of not loving an elaborate practical joke. (There's a reason the Jackass phenomenon started here.)
We also love stories about disorientation: comas, returns from the dead, awakenings after long sleeps. Maybe that's because technology is advancing so quickly, we find ourselves in a constant state of amazement, wondering what the world will look like in ten years, twenty years, a hundred years. If we fell asleep and awoke in the next century, would we even recognize Planet Earth?
Two men recently took both those tropes and combined them into one very elaborate prank for a friend with a history of drinking and driving.
As you'll see from the video above, that friend was whooping it up one night and eventually passed out in his truck. That's when his pals Tom and Jim sprang into action: they transported him to an empty office, which had been converted into a fake hospital room. As he awoke from his stupor, a "nurse" called the "doctor", who broke the news that the man had fallen into a ten-year-long coma after a night of drinking. They even created a fake 2023 newscast for the man to watch from his fake hospital bed.
Which is all well and good, but what we're waiting for is the moment that Tom and Jim's ploy is revealed and everyone has a good laugh. Ha ha ha.
That laugh never comes.
Unlike Johnny Knoxville getting one over on his buddies, Tom and Jim have a serious message to convey to their pal. He's already racked up five DUIs, and they're hoping to prevent a sixth.
When the prank unravels and the still-drunk friend tries to giggle his way out of it, his buddy becomes enraged. It's not the ending we were expecting, and honestly, it's pretty moving.
Chances are, we all have a friend who could use a wake-up call about her drinking habits -- especially now that we're in full-tilt holiday party mode. Most of us don't have the time, money, or acting chops to pull off anything this elaborate, but sharing it with your tipsy pal could be the next best thing.