February 23, 2015
Imaginary Friend Photo Prank Baffles Londoners [Video]

People were baffled at the results after a prankster in London, U.K. asked them to take a photo of him with his arm around his "imaginary friend."

It often happens in tourist spots. Even with the latest craze of selfies, a single traveler stops a local, asking them to take a photo of him or her in front of a particularly popular landmark.

In this case, however, it involved a man wanting a photo of himself and his friend, Mike, in various scenic spots around London including the Houses of Parliament. Only problem is, Mike appeared to be invisible.

Handing over a rather old-school Polaroid camera, the man poses with his arm around his imaginary friend and the various victims, probably thinking he was a bit of a nut, oblige, albeit a bit warily.

As reported by the Mirror, the unsuspecting photographer gets even more baffled when the man takes the camera back from them, drawing out the completed photo. In the photo is himself and, yes you guessed it, his not so imaginary friend Mike.

According to International Business Times, producers on the video worked right through the early hours of that morning, placing hidden cameras in strategic spots around the Southbank ready to capture the reactions of the pranked Londoners, and capture them they did indeed. The results can be seen in the video at the end of this article.

Some of the victims figure out the prank almost right away, others remained completely bemused, but basically the camera was set up with a previously taken Polaroid photo of the man and his actual, real life friend.

The origin of this rather amusing prank is that it is part of the launch of the third series of a U.K. Sky 1 award-winning comedy, Moone Boy, set to air in March. Moone Boy is the story of a boy and his imaginary friend growing up in Ireland. Matthew Arnold, Marketing Manager for Sky 1 told the media that they wanted to have some fun with one of the show's central themes, "the joy of having a make-believe friend."
"Tourists and commuters were left baffled and stunned on the discovery that the Polaroid photo they took contained an image of two men rather than one."
So beware strangers asking you to take a photo of them and an imaginary friend - it might be someone setting you up for a prank.

On the subject of pranking people, the Inquisitr reports today on a study which shows the benefits of goofing off at work.

[Image: Screengrab from video]