Wooden Spoon Prank

Wooden Spoon Prank

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Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 07:12PM EDT by Brad.

Added Jun 03, 2011 at 12:46AM EDT by Hiroman.

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The Wooden Spoon Prank is a practical joke that is disguised as a turn-based endurance game in which two participants duel by striking each other’s head with a wooden spoon in their mouths, though in reality, the targeted victim is smacked in the head at full force by a third person secretly holding a wooden spoon.


One of the first references to the wooden spoon prank can be found in a scene from the 2001 Christian comedy romance film Extreme Days, in which one of the main characters is tricked into playing the game at a diner. Several years later, it quickly began to spread on YouTube[1] following the release of a New Zealand energy drink commercial in in March 2007.


On February 15th, 2010, a metal spoon version of the prank was posted to Ebaum’s World.[6] On April 22nd, 2010, YouTube user ottogunn uploaded a video titled “Wooden spoon trick – Sleifaratriðið” featuring three brothers from Kópasker, Iceland performing the trick. As of June 2013, the video has accumulated more than 4.3 million views.

Throughout 2010, the Icelandic brothers’ video was highlighted on a number of internet humor and culture websites, including BuzzFeed and FAILBlog among others. On March 5th, 2011, the website woodenspoonprank.info[4][5] was created with a mirror upload of the Icelandic brothers’ version, receiving more than 64,000 Facebook likes within the first three months.

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Search Interest

Search queries for both “spoon prank” and “wooden spoon trick” had their first peak in March of 2007, correlating with the Lift Plus commercial being uploaded to YouTube. It’s largest peak came in march of 2011, the same month that the domain woodenspoonprank.info[4] was registered.

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This is an old trick. The game was simply called ‘Spoons’. We used to play it on ‘sprogs’ in the Royal Navy at least as early as the 1970s. The ruse was to get the sprog to challenge the reigning spoons champion (just another guy in the crew room).The sprog would have a standard tablespoon held between his teeth and his opponent would feign pain when he hit them (feebly) on the top of the head and the spectators would react with winces and draw breath between their teeth – all part of the act to reduce suspicion when the sprog was hit from behind with a steel ladle.

I have mentioned this to people many times who could not believe that anybody would fall for it – but there was no YouTube or camera phones 30+ years ago!


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