The Talking Magikarp

I decided to re-skin A Big Mouth Billy Bass into a Magikarp from Pokémon!

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Alright… This one I guess isn’t technically a shenanigan, and it’s definitely not a prank, but it’s still a cool thing that’s definitely fitting on this blog!

So this past summer, my brother was a thrift store and as a joke, bought me one of those tacky old “Big Mouth Billy Bass” things that were popular in the early 2000s. It was actually pretty funny to see one of these things still around! I then got the idea that I could probably make this thing a little more interesting, seeing as if I’m going to have it around, why not actually make it something to display? I then realized how easy it would be to mod into something else! And if I ruin it, oh well, it was like $3!

So I decided to re-skin the fish into a Magikarp from Pokémon! It would be cartoony and easy to do! I ordered some liquid latex off of Amazon, and then started building a base or full-size model of the Magikarp to later mold and make the latex version. I started with cloths hanger wire and duct-tape and papier-mâché. After I got this going, I covered it and reshaped it using layers of clay and duct-tape! I didn’t really have a better medium to work with unfortunately, so this took quite a while (like 10 hours or so before it was shaped properly).

Next, I was going to take my solid model of Magikarp, then make a negative mold of it in silicone, then paint the latex inside of that… But it turned out I didn’t get enough silicone (that stuff is expensive!) so I just started painting the mask latex right onto the model.

The latex painting took forever too, since it needed about 20 layers or so to really be thick enough.At this point, my professor in my prop making class at NKU gave us an assignment to modify an old object and make it new, and he said I could use this project for that assignment, so I now had a reason and time frame to finish it!

Finally, I peeled off the latex and powdered and painted it (poorly, because I rushed) with Acrylics! I made an eye out of some photo paper, and then I stuffed the latex with open-cell foam, like the original Billy Bass. Next I fitted the fish on, and Bam! Done.

Well, I still need to change the name plate and try and fix the mouth to articulate it better!

And maybe repaint it too, hah!

The Dart Gun Drive-By

Armed with several Nerf automatics and enough foam to fill a small couch, Me, Beans and Jeremy put the squeeze on a few local businesses! We Darted up McDonald’s and the Kroger parking lot, not one of our cart-pushing high school friends were spared!….

And they were nice enough to help us pick up the darts afterwords! lol :)

The Craigslist Mean-Ass Rooster

A few years ago, I was looking through the free section of craigslist a saw an odd posting titled “free mean ass rooster”. The ad concisely stated that a man was looking to get rid of one “mean ass rooster” for free. To funny! I showed this ad to several friends, simply because I was captured by its unintentional humor and mystery. But soon enough it was removed and the fun was over!

Then, this past September I found myself looking at the free section of the Cincinnati craigslist again, and as luck would have it, I see the following ad:
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This was, without a doubt, the same man’s ad looking to get rid of his mean ass rooster! what are the odds of seeing this “sequel” ad out of all the hundreds of weekly postings!?!

I immediately saved this ad and sent it around, then it occurred to me… I now have the opportunity finally find out why that rooster’s rear-end was so mean! So I texted the number in the ad and this was our conversation:
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Darn! Someone already swept up that mean, mean rooster! Hah! So I asked my burning question, which he responded with a disappointingly empty answer.
Clearly this guy has a problem with his roosters developing “mean-ass” qualities, so I thought I should offer him my services in case it should happen again (and I decided I’d use his kind of grammar to blend in a bit) :
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You never know, it could be a dud.
Maybe that rooster could just from a bad egg.
I’m no veterinarian, but I’m pretty sure that dud is a medical term for a bad rooster.

He never replied to this message, I’m guessing because he was simply baffled that I had figured out that his new rooster was already going bad, and he didn’t want to admit to himself that he had already failed the little guy.

But I couldn’t just leave it there, so I gave it a few months and then texted him back to check in his new rooster:

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Now the fun is really starting! Let’s see if I can convince him he ended up with a dud!

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I’m pretty sure he meant “who is this” but I answered the question regardless

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Donny Nuggets is the name of a character from Textastrophe, a blog (similar to this one) that pranks people on craigslist, which inspired me to text “Mean Ass Rooster Mike” in the first place, so I thought it was a fitting tribute.

I’m just trying to help him out of a jam! That rooster will do Mike no good, and he knows that!

That’s the end of our conversation…
For now!   I felt like I was pushing Mike a little too hard, so I’ll wait a few months and I’ll text him again, probably sometime around April… So stay tuned for the conclusion!

When I do text Mike again, what should I say about his new nice rooster? Tell me in the comments below!

The Hotel Room Heist Hijinks

This is just a classic case of hijinks and being in just the right place at just the right time!

We were at the Kentucky Junior Classical League annual Latin convention on a school trip with our Latin club. The rules for the rooms were “no leaving rooms after midnight” or something. So of course, my friends who were in the room connected to ours decided to sneak out the window (we were on the first floor) to our neighbor’s room to hang out, leaving their windows open so they could return. Since they were quite afraid of getting in trouble, we of course decided to play to those fears and mess with them!

After they left, Chas W. and I went into their room and took EVERYTHING we could out and piled it all into their bathroom with the bathroom door closed and window left gaping open. We succeeded in truly making it appear as though the room had been ransacked by window-entering crooks!

When they returned an hour or two later, we positioned ourselves to listen as they climbed in the window and began freaking out about the empty room before them! They were in almost complete panic when they busted into our room to tell us that they had been robbed just moments before also poking their heads into the bathroom to discover their belongings were still there.

They were good sports about it, and so were we, as we help them put everything back. I think in the end Chas and I had the most fun that night!

That picture, taken by Chas W (all credit is due!) is the lift-able contents of their hotel room completely condensed into just their bathroom! Fun!