Never gets old.

The Internet is home to many dangers and threats–online scams, credit card phishing, viruses, and, the most emotionally distressing, flash screamers. Ah, flash screamers. The Internet has changed a great deal, but that’s probably the one thing that’s never changed. Of course, strictly speaking that’s not true. The pictures of half-dead girls have changed, the high-pitched screams have changed, and the traps to lure people into being terrified out of their wits are still there. But the deluded, sadistic pleasure of laughing your ass off when you get to prank a friend hasn’t changed a bit.

This wasn’t the first time I tried pulling the Flash Screamer, but this was definitely the most memorable one. I actually fell for the prank first, but since my volume wasn’t on too high, I was just mildly startled and I closed it… and decided to pay it forward. In a time of inclement weather, there is no better trap to get anyone to click a link than something related to the suspension of classes, and so I tweeted “I LOVE YOU CHED http://t.co/5vMgSFa” I was chatting with a friend while doing this, and he did the same thing as well, and we both ended up laughing our asses off as the hate messages (and, in his case, calls) came pouring in.

The usual cusses came in first, followed by a couple of more colorful hate tweets:

WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT. I can’t open my laptop. Too scared. AND I HAVE TO TYPE SOMETHING

You guys almost made me throw my laptop to the wall.

F U GUYS I RAN AWAY FROM MY LAPTOP AND SCREAMED LIKE SHIT

ARGH!!!!! Ako lang mag-isang gising dito. naka-headphones pa ako

ANAK KA NG HYBRID NG TIPAKLONG AT TILAPIA  NAKA-MAX HEADPHONES KO… BUWISIT KA BUWISIT KAAAA!

POTAAAAAAAAAAA buti na lang di ko nilipat agad sound lang narinig ko. pero headphones

WTF?! O____O My ear drums…. My heart… T____T

grabe kuya.  tumayo yung balahibo ko.

A couple of people also took the time out to chat with me on YM and on Facebook to express their scorn. One had her headphones on max volume and another claims that “I almost literally pissed my boxers”. My friend received phone calls from two angry friends who shouted expletives at him.

Perhaps what I didn’t expect was that I got tweets from people I didn’t know. (My theory is that they searched for CHED on Twitter and saw my tweet.)  Feeling close much?

What I did expect though was people, being their mischievous selves, paying it forward as well. Which they did. Combined, I think my friend and I got about twenty retweets altogether. Since some of my followers retweeted manually (RT @lancekatigbak…), when their followers replied, I was mentioned as well and got my share of laughs from their misfortunes. When someone gets a good laugh out of you, it’s only fair that you get a good laugh out of others too!

Edit: THIS JUST IN. My friend’s tweet was retweeted by, of all people, a Jesuit Priest. Even priests can have their mischievous side.

That was probably why I got three new followers today.

Follow me? I promise not to post any more flash screamers… for now. www.twitter.com/lancekatigbak

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  1. That prank is like the meanest thing in the cyberworld. 😐

    It may lead to unnecessary urination. :)))

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