Two Guys and One of the Greatest Practical Jokes of All Time

In this video from our new YouTube channel (click here to subscribe), we take a look at one of the greatest practical jokes of all time, which took place in London on November 27, 1809 and was the result of a bet between famed English author Theodore Hook and architect and writer Samuel Beazley.

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  • I read…what were these two thinking? Of course you could only get away with all that back then!

  • this doesn’t seem likely as it would be impossible to write and mail 4000 letters, and have them received and responded to with deliveries within one week of the bet.

    • At that time there were multiple mail deliveries a day in large cities like London or Dublin. I remember reading a book about the correspondence between James Joyce and his wife/uncredited muse Nora, which he used in *Ulysses*

      • Not to mention that most of the letters were surely sent out ahead of time, specifying a delivery date

  • Sounds like a Monty Python Sketch

  • This isn’t a joke. Far from it. The merchants who found themselves unwittingly involved in this nonsense had to expend large amount of money and hours of labor. It’s one thing to fill someone’s bedroom with a thousand balloons, it’s quite another to cause this sort of disruption and expenditures to innocent people.