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Prank the Monkey:The ZUG Book of Pranks

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Making A Monkey Out Of "The Man"

How does Bill Gates respond when you try to kiss him on the nipple?

What are the consequences of sending in your tax return, filled out entirely in roman numerals?

What happens when you wake up e-mail spammers with 4:00 a.m. phone calls?
Action-packed and stocked with laughs, "Prank the Monkey" follows the quest of one crusader of justice as he
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Citadel
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This book was kind of hit and miss for me. His premise is that pranking is done to point fun at big corporations and government so that we can all have a laugh at them. I like the premise. However, not all chapters were really pranks. I would guess about 1/4 of the book is not stories about pranks. These chapters frankly are not funny to me. And a book about pranks needs to be funny.

But there were quite a few chapters that were funny. Pranking Ashton Kutcher, and the electric company is some of
Sir John Hargrave is a minor superhero: he has made a career of pranking large companies, celebrities, governments, and other organizations that screw with the little people. His targets are judiciously chosen, and the results had me laughing out loud throughout. Between opening his own Starbucks within a Starbucks, filing his taxes using only roman numerals, waking up spammers at three am to be removed from their distribution lists, getting Walmart to sell porn, and testing various penis enlarg ...more
Feb 15, 2008 Rob rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: devotees of twisted humor
Shelves: humor, 2008
I first encountered Sir John Hargrave on the Web, via his famous "Taking Viagra in Church" experiment (also included in this book), and I was instantly hooked. Sir John (his true legal name, and no, he was never knighted) straddles a fine line between virtuosic satire and total insanity, as Prank the Monkey thoroughly documents. As the book progresses, Sir John's mischievousness rises exponentially in scale, up to and including faking his own violent murder in public; but in my opinion his fine ...more
Christian Lipski
It was ok. Nice bits about what you can get away with, like signing your credit card receipt with hieroglyphics, and what the Mass. Turnpike toll booth will take in lieu of a dollar (fruit, two Fifty Cent stickers, etc). Some congressmen will respond if you ask them for their favorite joke. Most fun: what-all you can put in those return junk mail envelopes and get away with.

In general, very light reading, but mildly entertaining. I like his attitude of mocking the power structure of this country
You can open this book randomly at any page and find something absolutely hilarious. Unfortunately, if you read it from cover to cover you discover that many of his pranks are very similar, and that he's kind of whiny. But individually these pranks are great. Put it in the bathroom and read it from time to time and you should like it just fine.
Decent book, with some clever bits.
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