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Ah pranks. I do love me a good prank.

Maybe I’m old fashioned but I think they’ve lost something lately.

Practical jokes used to be about finding the very edge of what someone is willing to believe and then convincing them into being just gullible enough to jump off that edge of belief with dramatic and comic results.

“Jackass” and the like changed all of that. The psychology is less important now – it’s all about extremes.

Here’s an example from Japan (with thanks to Epstein) where a guy thinks he’s part of a documentary on telephone scammers and then this happens:

Better or worse than the old practical jokes they’d do on “T.V. Bloopers and Practical Jokes”? I dunno but I do know this:

Putting dog shit in your girlfriend’s face? Never a good idea – prank or not.

Be kind to your girlfriend. Show some respect. Otherwise…

You know what I didn’t know was awesome funny?

Kooky Japanese people who decide to spazz out on camera, capture it in slo-mo and then set it a mellow hip hop groove.

How did I not know that?

Each spazz out is incrementally funnier – bonus points for the fish, sumo guy, kid and inexplicable ending.

Song is “Luv (sic) pt. 2” by Nujabes.

(in case you missed our earlier installments of this column, click here and here)

Ever been sitting at home with a huge hankering to have your genitals pounded for hours on end but can’t find a volunteer?

If you answered yes, then fear not – Japan’s got you covered.

Ladies and gentlemen, the iGallop: