Godzilla for Boone County Destroyer

This is probably the longest continuous shenanigan I have done. For the past 2 years, I have been frequently updating a Facebook page called “Godzilla For Boone County City Destroyer,” including making the wonderful Florence water tower stomping GIF. Over the last few weeks, I have been paying for Facebook ads for my gag page to appear to very targeted audiences in Boone County, to the point where hopefully these people are pretty much seeing the ad all the time lol We ended up getting a lot of shares on the ad and plenty of new likes and laughs.
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We also did Door-to-door canvasing, thanks to the Godzilla costume I purchased this summer and have since been upgrading fursuit-style into a real Godzilla costume.


The canvasing wasn’t as successful as possible due to the fact that nobody was really available to help me with it the week before the election. we did it really last minute, but we still got quite a few confused looks and good laughs for it. Sadly none of the videos turned out well, so I’m not gonna bother posting them, but I will share with you the script of talking points we kept on the clip board for use while canvasing.

Greeting:
“hello Sir/Madam, Do you have a minute to talk about the upcoming local election for City Destroyer?”

No: “We’re sorry to bother you, please have a wonderful and smashing day.”

Yes/What: “Godzilla is running for office of City Destroyer in November on behalf of The G.O. M. party, the Gigantic Outraged Monstrosities party. The time has come for serious candidates to step forward in Boone County, and to step ON Boone County.”

Experience:

“Are you aware of Godzilla’s experience as a public servant? Over the past 70 years, He has personally worked with numerous high ranking military officials of the Japanese and US military on several large projects. Together, they ensured that maximum crushing occurred in places like Tokyo and NYC. Now, its time for Boone County.”

Go into policies from here.

Policies:
“While Godzilla’s main platform is on top of your house or place of business, there are a few things Godzilla has fought for through out his life, primarily himself.

Godzilla is pro-life. For his life, not yours.
Godzilla is in favor of all green initiatives, like himself.
Godzilla plans to destroy the heroin epidemic, along with everything else.
Godzilla supports the second amendment, bullets only make him stronger.
Godzilla has big plans for restructuring the economy, as well as the topography.
Godzilla wants to eliminate unnecessary spending, as well as spending at all.
Godzilla will make nuclear waste management is a large priority.
Godzilla wants to Make America Great Again, as great as it was before it was colonized by man.
Godzilla fights against growth of big business, Godzilla has fought plenty of bigger enemies, like Mothra.”

Opponent: “Godzilla’s opponent, the incumbent Ebola Virus has not done what he has promised 2014. He has not reaped destruction to our society, Godzilla is tired of politicians who play these games.”

Qualification: “it is true that some have questioned Godzilla’s birth affecting his candidacy. This is merely a political tactic. Godzilla was born in 1952 at Bikini atoll, a US military base.”

Other office: “Godzilla is a public servant. he has stated that he will also accept a write in position as Boone County District 5 Stomptroller.”


Closing: 
“In closing, Godzilla is a loving mother who desires to represent the needs of Boone County…’s destruction.
Godzilla seeks to unite Northern Kentuckians, that way they are easier to find and crush.
Godzilla’s goal is to eliminate Boone County’s Carbon Footprint and replace it with his own.
A vote for Godzilla is a vote for change. BIG change.

We hope to hear your voice at the voting booth, screaming in terror for Godzilla. Thank you for your time.”

If they are responding positively, before leaving ask if we can have a quick photo op with them shaking hands with Godzilla. if they agree, also ask if they have a baby that Godzilla can kiss. Because, you know, it would be good for his image.

  • Sadly no one had a baby Godzilla could kiss.

I also designed a chat bot for the Facebook page, which you can check out by going to the page and clicking “message” and type any message to Godzilla and see how he responds! Its pretty fun and was a good learning experience for me to try out.

I even wrote an editorial to send into the Boone County Enquirer for the election day paper, but I forgot to submit it before the deadline (PS how am I an honors student in college!?).

Unfortunately though, Godzilla informed us on Wednesday that he had lost the election. He mad a very gracious move in conceding to his opponent, 2016’s biggest fear: “Impending Race War.”
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Sad, but clearly the people have spoken. they are not ready for true destruction yet. So it looks as though Godzilla will be seeking the office again in the next election! What a true public monstrosity.

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Office Chair Fun

Office chair riding has long been one of my favorite forms of recycling! But once last year me and my bandmates at the time ended up being the the talk of the day on the national radio station K-LOVE after one of our neighbors called in during a caller segment asking “what is the craziest thing you saw this weekend?”
So yeah. One of my previous bands was on K-LOVE. Not for our Christian rock music though. For riding an office chair behind a car…
Unfortunately the segment wasn’t recorded, so I can’t show it to people… Highly disappointing.

Anyways, for several years whenever we have an office chair to be thrown out, we give it one last good use. With a helmet and kneepads, and a car to hold on to, a simple office chair can turn into a ton of fun!

You can only get up to about 15 miles per hour before the wheels start giving way or you begin to topple.
We have rode countless office chairs, and every time the wheels melt or break off at about the same distance, which if your wondering, is about 1 mile.

Apparently office chairs are designed for 1 mile of rolling and have a top speed around 15MPH. Now you know!

Encouraging Joggers

One day me and Jeremy R. drove around Hebron until we spotted someone out jogging. We would then drive up next to them while blaring “The Eye Of The Tiger” and frantically cheer them on while shaking our foam fingers. “You can do it!” “You’re almost there!” “Keep it up!” “You’re doing great!”

A few of the joggers seemed to be almost offended by us interacting with them at first, which is to be expected, but as soon as they realized what we were doing they all would start laughing and honestly seem to enjoy the encouragement. everybody likes encouragement, no matter how silly!
Fun times!

The Great Taco Shenanigan

This is absolutely my new favorite prank and video!

This Tuesday, Taco Bell gave away one free taco to every customer from 2pm to 6pm as part of their “Steal a Taco” promotion with the NBA. So of course, me and Daniel I. used this opportunity to push the limits of acceptable behavior and, in a costumed charade of silliness, scored 15 free tacos!

This story really begins way back in 2011 when Taco Bell had a promotion involving the World Series. They promised to give every customer a free Taco if a player stole a base, which ended up happening. So of course, Jeremy and I wanted our free tacos, then we decided to make it a little more fun. We wanted to see how many free tacos they would give us. Inevitably, costumes and characters became involved.

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The video really tells the whole story, but essentially we went through 2 different taco bells (I cut them out of order in the video, it made it funnier) in 8 different outfits, and got 15 free tacos. The employees mostly seemed to enjoy it, and one even asked up for pictures!

It just goes to show that you can get anything if you make people laugh enough!

Honestly it was a lot of fun. I appreciate Taco Bell for allowing us to take advantage of their generosity, for the sake of good clean fun!

 

The Conan Cut-Out

This prank is a lot like the parrot prank, and this one also holds a very special place in my heart as one of my favorites.
Essentially we wanted something a little more bizarre and uncanny than the parrot… A cut-out of a movie character or celebrity juuuuust recognizable enough to notice, but not so much that you ever would expect to see it anywhere…
We made a whole list and eventually narrowed it down to Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan The Barbarian, because even if you have not seen any Schwarzenegger films, you still know a barbarian when you see one.
Jeremy R., Ryan K. and I used a printer and some plywood to craft our very own life sized version of Arny. We set him up in the woods between the Hebron Roundabouts (one of our favorite locations) in December when all of the leaves were off the trees and the colors were just right for him to blend in. We positioned him so that he would only be visible for a few seconds as you drove by, but would be very noticeable during that time.
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He stayed there for a few days before the weather forced us to retrieve him! We’ve since used him for numerous pranks. It’s a convenient thing to keep around in a college dorm room, as it turns out.

Collecting roadkill in costume!

This one was all me and Ryan K!
We dressed up like creepy emo goth kids and picked up roadkill off of busy-ish roads!

What I appreciate about this shenanigan is that it covers the essentials of what a good shenanigan is. It directly involves onlookers and begs them to ask  “WHAT?!”, “WHY?”, and “REALLY?”
I just imagined someone driving by and saying “Honey, look, those satan worshipers are at it again!”

We really just moved the roadkill to the grass on the side of the road and let the vultures consume their natural diet in safety.

That look on my face was perfect though!

Twister In the Round-About

If this is not the quintessential Shenanigan of the week, I don’t know what is!

Playing Twister in the center of the Roundabout with Victoria K., Chris K., Ian L. and Ryan K.! This one doesn’t need much explanation, except that it is not blatantly illegal to be in the center of the roundabout (I could not find any mention of it in KY law. However, I did read that the KY transportation Cabinet advises against crossing to the center island).
But what is illegal (at least in most states) is honking your horn at anything that’s not an imminent threat… Like pedestrians 25 feet from the road.

We had many grumpy, fat, old people honk at us! Which means shenanigan accomplished!