Humans have been scared of sharks as long as we’ve known how to swim. Though the data doesn’t quite back up our phobia (you’re more likely to be struck by lightning than injured by a shark), the sight of all those sharp teeth activates something deep within our animal psyche that tells us to RUN. AWAY. NOW.
Look at this terrifying shark omg pic.twitter.com/Zv68VlOkOJ
— Ⓥ = ♡ (@jessithevegan) August 14, 2018
YouTuber Jay Karl knows this better than most. In a recent prank, he drove a motorized shark fin toward swimmers at a local beach and the reactions are memorable.
Many on social media were eager to get in on the fake-shark action!
Best place to test my remote-controlled shark fin. https://t.co/3uHBpYO6FL
— Jym Dingler (@JymDingler) June 24, 2017
The only missing element of this lake trip is a remote controlled shark fin to chase people in the lake. pic.twitter.com/tzc9uZsYtv
— Brian Kalma (@krianbalma) August 22, 2016
I'm going to need a remote controlled toy boat and a shark's dorsal fin.
— Brendan O'Brien (@TrendyBrendy69) September 12, 2013
Next year, will get a remote controlled shark fin…
— Brian James (@brianjames_tx) March 16, 2013
And, with a few alterations, this prank can be effective out of the water!
— Karmella Haynes (@drkahaynes) December 2, 2011
Before moving up to the big kahuna (sharks) Karl cut his teeth with a similar prank involving a remote-controlled alligator head!
— News 5 WCYB (@news5wcyb) August 6, 2018
OMG… I would be scared too! It looks so real. https://t.co/qIfJTZdeFy
— Kelly Anne Beile (@KellyAnneKFOX14) August 6, 2018
So so funny, everyone at my house was cracking up. Thanks Randy
— JV (@_atWitzend) June 13, 2018
Of course, the alligator heads can also be used to recreate epic battle scenes:
DID HE JUST DROP AN ELBOW ON A GATOR!? pic.twitter.com/s3GXiZPsLL
— Gokey (@Gokey) June 20, 2018
Watching a white guy scare other white people with a remote controlled alligator head pic.twitter.com/PvOFqS7S2L
— Na You Sabi Yoruichii (@ayeeyochiooo) June 24, 2018
Keep on prankin’, Jay! You’re making the world laugh…when you’re not making them scream.