Sorry, but this isn’t about the Allen Leech movie–I haven’t watched it yet, swear! And anyway, I doubt that it’ll be shown here in the Philippines, so–meh. Anyway, yesterday afternoon, I was looking at my Twitter timeline, just to see if there’s anything interesting. And you bet, I did find something interesting. I clicked on this link from BBC, with an article about strange (but OMG true) news tidbits during the Victorian times (read: 1850s). It goes to show that whenever I hear some people say, “Mamatay ako sa takot” (I’ll die from fright)–it’s not something that you can laugh about.
In 1858, a group of girls came home from the factory where they worked in. On their way home, a coffin lay on the street. When these girls came closer, the coffin started to move, with a strange sound. Suffice to say, it was enough to scare these girls away. A boy saw them while they were screaming their scared hearts out, and had them show him what made them so scared. And then they saw their pranksters, who bragged of their exploits in the nearby pub. One went as far as to rebuke them.
One of the girls who reported for work the following day, complained that she was not feeling well. Later on, she died. Meanwhile, the pranksters got their share of dread. They were taken to court, but later on, the jury found them not guilty. All the same, what comes around, goes around.
When I read this article, I was torn between laughter and disbelief. I mean, come on. That really happened? But of course, it did. This tale, albeit strange, was true, and it goes to show that before making a prank, make sure that your target has a very good constitution. Generally, pranks like this aren’t recommended.
And yes, the author was right. If the prank was made in our generation, it would have been “filmed” through mobile phone camera, and uploaded to Youtube. Thankfully, my practical joker friends only have gone as far as hiding things and startling other people into wakefulness.
Messrs. Morshaw and Mawdsley, this is totally uncool.