In the Autumn of 1916, a man named Barnaby J. Minkles stumbled upon a prank so lively, so wonderful and so outrageous, he was regarded as one of the foremost prank masters of the twentieth century.
Minkles worked long hours on the assembly line as a linesman for the Detroiter Briggs Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.
The conditions were difficult, the work repetitive and his co-workers were rather boring to be around
To spice things up, Minkles would play random pranks on the workers to make them giggle (or in some cases, the pranks would be so good, he would make them ga-faw or even belly-laugh).
Some of Minkle’s famous pranks included:
The “Put a Pickle On the Windshield Wiper” classic prank. This involved putting a dill pickle on the left windshield wiper so that when activated, it would spread pickle juice all over the windshield. Hilarious.
The “Toot Bag on the Seat” prank. This involved blowing up a bag and putting it on the seat of the car so that when the driver sat down it broke the bag, forcing air out and making the sound of passing gas. If this sounds familiar, it was the prototype for the legendary 1950’s Whoopee-Cushion.
The “Minkle’s Sprinkles In the Trunk” gag. Old Barnaby took his pranks from the front of the car to the back with this classic one, which involved sprinkling about a pound of glitter dust into the trunk of a car, forcing the new owner to spend hours cleaning it up before they even dare put any items back there.
Though these were all standard-issue Minkle pranks, he pined for more.
Then it hit him. One evening, after enjoying a dinner of white bread, butter and four liters of Father Pinard wine, he had the idea that would forever change his legacy.
“I SHALL APPEND AN EXHAUST PIPE…WITH A WHISTLE!”
He proudly slurred to himself in the wee hours of that Autumnal morning… Then the next day, he did just that.
The exhaust whistle confounded the workers and new car owners.
“WHY DOTH MY MODEL T AUTOMOBILE WHISTLE AS IF IT WERE A BIRD??” said all who were so graciously pranked by prank master Barnaby.
So simple, so amazing.
Prank those you love (or don’t love) with the prank that pays homage to Barnaby J. Minkles.
It’s as close as you’ll ever get to living like it was 1916.