Claim: Video clip shows a Russian 'Candid Camera' style mailbox prank gone horribly awry.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2005]
Here is a clip of a Russian "candid camera" setup that didn't go quite as planned ...
Origins: Hidden camera pranks have long been a staple of television programming (most famously in the long-running
The "Hidden Camera Surprise" video displayed above looks to be an example of one of those ugly moments. A simple
If you think this all seems a tad morbid for what is supposed to be a humorous hidden camera prank TV show, you're right. This clip isn't from a television program, nor (despite the overlays in Cyrillic text) did it originate in Russia. It's a television commercial produced for the
Okay, it's a commercial, but by now you've probably been left still wondering what in the world a prankster's being gunned down in a mailbox has to do with print production services. That's understandable, because the circulating version of the video clip linked above doesn't include the original ending, which informs the viewer via graphic frames that
Last updated: 12 September 2013