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« on: May 03, 2012, 07:19:36 pm »

I know that many of you are very creative and fun loving types, as am I, so I'm hoping we can share some fun ways of keeping life interesting for ourselves and others.

Here's the kind of things I'm talking about:

While dressed in steampunk or Victorian attire, run in to a store and ask:
"What year is it?". When someone answers, run out the door yelling "It worked!!!, It worked!!!".

Well, that's all I've got for now. When I think of some more, I'll post 'em.

Please contribute to the fun!
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2012, 09:50:39 pm »

Acturally, that sounds like fun. The most I've done in steampunk-ish attire was make up weird excuses for my goggles after being asked

A friend once talked about getting on a bus to ask if anyone had 'Grey Pupon' (I didn't spell that right, did I?) so... one could do that and ask for Steamy things; Tea, Sonic Screwdrivers, Kraken Repellant.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 09:55:58 pm »

While not Steampunk, it could be converted/moded.

A friend of mine and I have been plotting the building of a modular, collapsible TARDIS to pull out of the car at a Ren Faire and "park" it in the lot. Meanwhile, the two of us would be personifying 4th and 10th Doctors inside the Ren Faire and babbling about the collision of at least 3 time lines.

One could easily use this as a template for Steampunk time travelers.
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2012, 02:28:13 am »

Well, this did get me thinking about how much I want to organize a Steampunk Time-Traveler Safari once the Dino Trail at the Zoo reopens for the summer, but I had decided that that in itself was not actually mischief.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2012, 03:05:11 am »

Well, this did get me thinking about how much I want to organize a Steampunk Time-Traveler Safari once the Dino Trail at the Zoo reopens for the summer, but I had decided that that in itself was not actually mischief.

Oh, this sounds fun. Kinda like Ray Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder ...where and when will this be happening?
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2012, 03:22:22 am »

I have one:
step 1:Dress as a Steampunk with goggles(these will be important later on)
step 2: go to a crowded area(store, open area, e.t.c)
step 3: Start shouting "My god, they're everywhere!" while adjusting your goggles. When people ask, respond with air kraken, ghosts, something else steampunky.
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2012, 03:02:57 am »

Well, this did get me thinking about how much I want to organize a Steampunk Time-Traveler Safari once the Dino Trail at the Zoo reopens for the summer, but I had decided that that in itself was not actually mischief.

Oh, this sounds fun. Kinda like Ray Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder ...where and when will this be happening?

The zoo in question is the Washington Park & Oregon Zoo (but there are other zoos and parks with nice dino trails). As for when however, I'm not quite sure, I'd have to check when the trail reopens, and a couple other dates, then I suppose I'd have to post on the NA board and see if anyone actually would like to come on that day.

I have one:
step 1:Dress as a Steampunk with goggles(these will be important later on)
step 2: go to a crowded area(store, open area, e.t.c)
step 3: Start shouting "My god, they're everywhere!" while adjusting your goggles. When people ask, respond with air kraken, ghosts, something else steampunky.

You know, that makes me think of the Germs episode of Invader Zim. "Look at the size of that one!"
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2012, 03:13:20 am »

Oregon!? But that's a whole continent away from where I am!!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2012, 03:34:34 am »

Well, you may just have to arrange your own safari
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2012, 09:40:51 pm »

Dress in a three piece suit with a cane and nicely waxed mustache and beard. Acost random people if you're the Holmes to my Moriarity." Then have a second person in a deerstalker and inverse cape. Run out and start arguing with you.
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2012, 09:53:01 pm »

Dress in a three piece suit with a cane and nicely waxed mustache and beard. Acost random people if you're the Holmes to my Moriarity." Then have a second person in a deerstalker and inverse cape. Run out and start arguing with you.

This reminds me of a Steampunk/Neo-victorian Chat up line a mate of mine came up with;

'Excuse me my dear, you seem to be displaying signs of hysteria. If you would permit me to escort you to my clinic then I'm sure I could dispense some treatment.'  Wink

Although in order to work, she would have to know what the 19th Century treatment for Hysteria was.
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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2012, 10:03:30 pm »

Many of us will at some time or another, have been at a museum/stately home/heritage railway for a visit and been mistaken as a guide/costumed interpreter/volunteer by a tourist or other visitor and asked a question relating to the attraction. Being the splendid people that we are, we generally answer the question as best we can ("the toilets are next to the gift shop, Madam") or admit that we are ourselves only visitors, and indicate the nearest actual guide or volunteer.

Unless...

... we play a little game of "who can get the tourist to believe the biggest fib"?

This is one for the Tellers of Tall Tales amongst us. Extra points are gained for creativity, incorporating entirely fictional wars and/or inventions, and slipping in references to "Dr Who".
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2012, 06:16:19 am »

As an actual museum volunteer, I probably shouldn’t condone this… but chances are their parents already did it to them anyways. Been to the zoo lately? Apparently the big orange apes are chimpanzees…
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2012, 03:34:28 pm »

As an actual museum volunteer, I probably shouldn’t condone this… but chances are their parents already did it to them anyways. Been to the zoo lately? Apparently the big orange apes are chimpanzees…

No, the big orange "monkeys" are chimpanzees- just don't let the Librarian hear that.

In this case though, it's not fibbing. That's plain ignorance.
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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2012, 01:53:26 am »

As an actual museum volunteer, I probably shouldn’t condone this… but chances are their parents already did it to them anyways. Been to the zoo lately? Apparently the big orange apes are chimpanzees…

No, the big orange "monkeys" are chimpanzees- just don't let the Librarian hear that.

In this case though, it's not fibbing. That's plain ignorance.

Oook?
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« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2012, 06:51:15 am »

Sorry, Dr. Fidelius I seem to have derailed us prior to your visit. Aleister, yeah, I know they're just passing on what their parents taught them, but usually they're right next to a sign when they do this (I suspect the illiteracy rate must be amazing).

Suppose one could also deliver random telegrams. Of course some people are creepier than others when they try to hand stuff out, so that could just... yeah...
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« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2012, 08:19:30 am »

Stand somewhere and watch a blank wall. Occasionally check your pocket watch, like you're waiting for something. See how many other people stop to see what you're looking at.

Sorry, Dr. Fidelius I seem to have derailed us prior to your visit. Aleister, yeah, I know they're just passing on what their parents taught them, but usually they're right next to a sign when they do this (I suspect the illiteracy rate must be amazing).
It's not even illiteracy. People just don't pay attention anymore. They don't even care enough to even try.
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« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2012, 08:54:42 am »


Suppose one could also deliver random telegrams. Of course some people are creepier than others when they try to hand stuff out, so that could just... yeah...

I believe Arthur Conan Doyle did something similar once. Apparently as a joke he sent 5 friends anonymous notes saying 'We are discovered, flee immediately.' And one of the recipients disappeared.

Then again, there's lots of fun to be had with telegrams. I remember reading about one that was sent by the commander of 'the heroes of Telemarque' to Hitler, referencing a recent speech where he'd said that any allied troops would be met on landing, just to ask where the German troops were.
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« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2012, 09:27:52 am »

No, the big orange "monkeys" are chimpanzees- just don't let the Librarian hear that.

did someone catch the number of that donkey cart?
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« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2012, 11:18:43 am »

Stand somewhere and watch a blank wall. Occasionally check your pocket watch, like you're waiting for something. See how many other people stop to see what you're looking at.

I've always wanted to get a dozen or so people together and just line up somewhere, just to see if anyone else lines up behind us.
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« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2012, 12:25:27 pm »

Stand somewhere and watch a blank wall. Occasionally check your pocket watch, like you're waiting for something. See how many other people stop to see what you're looking at.
[. . . ]

And if anyone says "I don't see anything," you can answer "I know. It's been like that all day...."
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« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2012, 03:28:08 pm »

Stand somewhere and watch a blank wall. Occasionally check your pocket watch, like you're waiting for something. See how many other people stop to see what you're looking at.
[. . . ]

And if anyone says "I don't see anything," you can answer "I know. It's been like that all day...."

Adjusting the goggles once or twice could add to the effect as well. Or some odd machine gleefully puffing out smoke that is somehow attached to the wall.
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« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2012, 12:54:54 am »

Have some kind of instrument in your hands that has gauges and lights on it, and walk around in a crowded place with a friend in full steampunk regalia, approch a random person and look at your friend and then act like you are examining the device in your hand. Then proceed to tell the random person that they must come with you to be decontaminated.
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« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2012, 12:56:41 am »

Have some kind of instrument in your hands that has gauges and lights on it, and walk around in a crowded place with a friend in full steampunk regalia, approch a random person and look at your friend and then act like you are examining the device in your hand. Then proceed to tell the random person that they must come with you to be decontaminated.

That might lead to trouble. Better to comment to your companion "This one's clean..."
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« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2012, 02:30:49 am »

Have some kind of instrument in your hands that has gauges and lights on it, and walk around in a crowded place with a friend in full steampunk regalia, approch a random person and look at your friend and then act like you are examining the device in your hand. Then proceed to tell the random person that they must come with you to be decontaminated.

That might lead to trouble. Better to comment to your companion "This one's clean..."
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