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America's No. 1 prankster

  • 14-03-2013 12:19am
    Registered Users Posts: 2,883 ✭✭✭

    I found this link earlier today, really interesting dude.

    "His favorite technique was to test the validity of popular sayings. For instance, he sold an icebox to an eskimo, found a needle in a haystack, and walked a bull through a china shop"


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,461 ✭✭✭--Kaiser--

    He then returned to Hollywood with 200 pounds of Arctic ice, claiming it was the purest ice in the world. He sold 10 pounds of it to an actress who used it for facial treatments.

    This isn't that strange, there was a roaring trade for ice in the 19th and early 20th centuries (especially before freezers). Ice from Lake Wenham in Massachusetts was particularly popular in Britain.

    As for the rest, far from a prankster, he seemed to be the original Mythbuster
    Led a bull through a New York City china shop. The bull did not damage anything. However, some china was broken when Moran's client nervously backed into a table.
    Searched for a needle in a haystack. The search took him 82.5 hours before he finally found it "near the bottom and slightly to the left of center." Pranksters tried to set fire to the haystack five times while he was in it.
    Designed an experiment to determine whether California sun is more intense than Florida sun.
    Hired near-sighted and far-sighted men to reenact the battle of Bunker Hill, in order to test Col. Prescott's strategy that the rebels should not fire until they saw "the whites of their eyes." He concluded that the rebels lost the battle because of this order, noting that the near-sighted rebels "had their ears cut off by the 'Bleary-eyed' redcoats' bayonets before they even got a glimpse of the whites of any eyes."