April 4, 2006
Do you have King Albert in a can?
Such phrases used to be the rage of the Mad Magazine reading youth
of the 70’s. Today the standard for the prank or crank call
has been raised with examples in pop culture television shows such as the
Simpson’s. There are now even entire shows, such as Comedy
Centrals “Crank Yankers”, devoted to the art of fooling an unsuspecting phone
So what might we expect in the future? Well technology is
beginning open some intriguing possibilities. I remember as
an 11 year old having a tough time convincing someone in my high pitched voice
that I was working on the electric lines and wanted to see if their
refrigerator was running. With some modern assistance, such
as MorphVOX a voice changing program from Screaming Bee, a kids chance of
pulling off such a prank are greatly increased.
MorphVOX when combined with computer to phone services such as Skype-Out or
Yahoo Messenger, enable one to change their voice to a different age, gender or
even unnatural spirits. This opens the possibilities for a
whole new level of pranks. Imagine a St. Patrick’s Day phone
call from a leprechaun, or calling your girlfriend on Halloween with the
distorted voice of a child ghost. For the less cruel, how
about a call to your kid from the Easter bunny?
So next time you hear sounds like a large gruff man asking about your
refrigerator, just remember it might be a couple of kids using the latest in
technology for an old prank.
Mad Magazine (http://www.dccomics.com/mad/)
MorphVOX – Voice Changer (https://screamingbee.com)
Simpson prank calls (http://www.bodo.com/simpsons/simpcall.htm)
Yahoo Messenger (http://messenger.yahoo.com/)
Crank Yankers (http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/crank_yankers/index.jhtml)
Copyright and Trademark Information:
MorphVOX is a trademark of Screaming Bee Inc. Skype is a trademark of
Skype Technologies S.A.; AOL Instant Messenger is a registered trademark of
America Online; MSN Messenger is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation; Yahoo is
a trademark of Yahoo! Inc.; Google is a trademark of Google Technology Inc.
Crank Yankers is a trademark of Comedy Central; Mad Magazine is trademark of
E.C. Publications, Inc; The Simpsons TM & ©2004 T.C.F.F.C. All Rights