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Troop of 100In the United States, we have flashmobs, spontaneous gatherings of people organized on social media, meant to impress, irritate or astound unknowing witnesses and passers-by. In Japan, occasionally these flashmobs are organized to target one specific individual, just to mess with them. Just like the title states, "Troop of 100" features 100 people who appear out of nowhere to chase an unsuspecting stranger on the street. (See, it's funny, because they think they are about to be assaulted!)BUY @ AMAZON
In cases where the troupe actually catches the target, they celebrate by tossing the person up and down in the air, ritualistically, which may not necessarily make the victim feel all that much better. Unless he has recently had a Bar Mitzvah and it brings back happy memories. Then, just as quickly as they arrived, the mob departs, leaving the target dazed and confused, but no worse for wear. Except for the lingering feelings of paranoia and mistrust that may take a lifetime to conquer. But hey, it was funny for 30 seconds, right?
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Crazy Screaming GuyIt's hard to imagine the pitch meeting for Japan's Crazy Screaming Guy show.BUY @ AMAZON
"OK, so we take a man, dress him up in a ridiculous striped ensemble and then have him yell at unsuspecting people on the street... No, there's no story. No, why would he say anything to the people? He's yelling."
It's like the "Seinfeld" "show about nothing" concept taken to extreme new heights.
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How To Escape a FartSome of these shows aren't just about cruelty, but also educating viewers and giving something back to the community. In this case, how to fart and then...do something. The clip is called "How to Escape a Fart," but judging from the actual action, it seems like it's more about "How to Spread Your Delicious Farts Around for the Mutual Pleasure of Everyone in the Area." Essentially, players are put in an entirely black room and asked to break wind, which helpfully shows up dyed yellow for the benefit of the cameras. (Not to mention the comfortable digestion of our lunches.) Afterwards, the contestants must wave the gaseous release around, often mimicking a well-known physical activity, such as pitching a baseball. Hey, still...helpful...BUY @ AMAZON
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Slapped in the BallsClearly thought up by a woman scorned, "Slapped in the Balls" is a wacky Japanese game show in which men attempt to recite tongue twisters in a limited amount of time. As you may have gathered by now, should they fail by messing up the tongue twister or failing to get the words out in the allotted time, is a painful crack to the testicles. (Hey, it's a small price to pay for a new washer/dryer or a jetski when you think about it.)BUY @ AMAZON
This is definitely a concept they should start incorporating into US game shows. How much more fun would "Price is Right" be if, after spinning "The Big Wheel," contestants' nether regions were randomly set upon by a maniacal, screeching Drew Carey. I'd even set up my DVR to record that.
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A Life Out of Prizes by Denpa ShonenMaking us wonder how they come up with these concepts, a comedian known as Eggplant appeared in the highly bizarre Japanese show "A Life Out of Prizes by Denpa Shonen" in the late 1990s. Eggplant was stripped naked and placed in an empty apartment, then filmed around the clock. While this sounds like a bad version of "The Truman Show," it comes with a big catch. Eggplant was forced to win everything he needed during his stay, including food and clothing, by entering magazine contests.BUY @ AMAZON
One year after living with only the things he'd won, Eggplant reached the one million yen mark in prize winnings, which fulfilled the contract for the show. Producers were not going to allow him to leave that easily though, so they put him in a new apartment (naked, of course) and forced him to earn enough to cover his airfare back home. It's sort of like that Korean film "Oldboy," only more twisted.
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