@Letitia_Potorac sent me this video of a shampoo-based practical joke….

Some people find it very funny and others somewhat cruel.  What do you think?


  1. Yeah, fairly funny in a rather mediocre kind of way and doesn’t seem cruel: just a bit of a harmless prank really 🙂

  2. I watched with the sound off, and I found it more funny than cruel.

    But if they were on a submarine where they could only take a two minute shower once a week, then it would be more cruel than funny.

  3. Hilarious! Now for the critical analysis bit. Yes it’s childish and the poor subject should’ve realised that something ‘funny’ was going on but it’s harmless fun. Especially when you think of the cruel ‘happy slapping’ antics that some the youth of today tend to get up to for their ‘fun’.

  4. I found the idea of the never-ending shampoo amusing, but this implementation seemed cruel.

    One test I can think to apply to try to distinguish between funny and cruel: Would the ‘victim’ find the final video amusing or not?

  5. Really quite nasty. I suspect the younger lad has some kind of SpLD that is preventing him from grasping the situation. I think it’s significant we’re not shown his reaction at the end. If it was genuinely funny and kindly meant, he would laugh. If he cried or was upset that would make the perpetrator look like the bully he is, so the video cuts out.

  6. Just to clarify, SpLDs are things like dyslexia and dyspraxia which can be accompanied by sensory processing differences eg a person may not feel the cold, they may hate certain tastes and textures, they may find it hard to locate themselves in relation to objects and other people. I wasn’t offering a diagnosis, just a possible reason why not noticing what was happening doesn’t mean the person was slow or stupid in any way. It’s about the way different individuals process external information. Now excuse me while I knock over this cup of coffee and bash my shins on the table. Does this biscuit taste funny to you?

  7. Neither. It’s pointless. There is no point in doing a practical joke on someone when there is no pay-off, or reveal, at the end. The person being pranked is clearly unaware of what is happening, so in a way, it negates the prank.

  8. hee hee hee I liked it, like the kind of thing I find funny, and will do next time im swimming lol…thanks for the idea

  9. It seems staged. The shorts, grabbing the shower head, not turning around and not figuring it out for so long, the words and overreactions sound like he’s acting it out. If it’s not staged, it could be cruel if the kid is being made fun of. I would have liked to have seen a friendly resolution at the end.

  10. To people saying that he wouldn’t be wearing shorts if it was real. This could be a public shower at a swimming pool or something. There are lots of public showers where people would not completely undress, and just wash their hair to get chlorine out.

  11. Well, it is funny, we used to do it in the showers after Rugby all the time, BUT this is staged and it was the theme of a hugely successful WKD advert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hosvv5QujBo – this video is a bit weak and I am wondering when we get a proper post?

    For those talking about this being cruel if he is mentally slow – I feel that is a little bigoted – are jokes which are designed to confuse only suitable for a certain IQ level? Is it forbidden to be friends and have a laugh with someone who has a learning or development issue?

  12. It was funny because he didn’t get hurt but I think they dragged it on too long. He was getting really frustrated and upset at the end-they should have stopped it before that point.

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