Cruel prank sees glass skywalk 'crack' as you walk across it

By Shawn Knight ยท 10 replies
Oct 10, 2017
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  1. Pranks that elicit a primal response from their target are great but those that can impact onlookers from half way around the globe are the cream of the crop. Such is the case with a recent viral video out of China.

    The gag in question involves a tourist walking across a glass skywalk affixed to the side of a mountain in China’s Hebei Province. Management apparently thought it would be a good idea to replace a few of the glass floor panels with transparent LCD screens that simulate cracking glass as you walk across them, complete with sound effects.

    Judging from the reaction of the guy in the clip, the prank certainly worked.

    Of course, if you’re like me, you’d never put yourself in this situation to begin with due to an overwhelming fear of heights (just watching this clip makes me slightly nauseated).

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    I think it's staged. Some people (the jokers) could get into some very serious trouble if it was real, especially if a somebody got hurt or even died... from a seizure.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,094   +2,585

    In as much as it was built by the Chinese government I doubt there would be any serious trouble, but I have to admit the "prank" was in very poor taste, even if it was just a simulation. Of course, if I had thought it up it would have been brilliant!
  4. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Guru Posts: 306   +69

    This prank is brilliant (though the walk looks scary enough as it is).
  5. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +309

    It's China, I don't think our rules apply.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    Perhaps. Their government doesn't seem to have much of a sense of humour so maybe the pranksters will be shot at dawn.
  7. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +301

    Oh dear, I'm so used to disliking China, but this stunt has me liking them.
  8. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 811   +251

    Great, now if it actually starts to crack, nobody will take it seriously.
    wiyosaya and dms96960 like this.
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,150   +4,223

    If a glass plate cracks beneath your feet, you aren't going to ignore it. As soon as you feel the shift in the glass, you will know its not a joke.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,284   +4,188

    The fake crack will disappear, a real crack will be permanent. While watching the short videos you can see the cracks starting to disappear within a few seconds.
  11. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 640   +371

    This could work well for breaking constipation.

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