Created By: chicagomelNovember 9, 2012 Last Edited By: CaveCatJune 13, 2013
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Eyepiece Prank

Someone looks into a visual device and gets a ring around their eyes

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This is a stock practical joke. The victim is asked to look into a kaleidoscope,binoculars or similar item. The eyepiece end has been coated with something that leaves rings around the eyes when the item is pressed to the face.

Advertising
  • Not an eyepiece, but basically the same prank is pulled by a wheel of cheese in a Cheez-It commercial, using the rim of a mug instead of an eyepiece. See it here.

Anime and Manga
  • Little Lulu
    • In Episode 6, Lulu is looking through a pair of binoculars while her and the others are looking for fires to fight (long story). When she removes them, she ends up with black rings around her eyes, as the others start yukking it up about it.
    • In Episode 12, Lulu attempts to do this to the mean butler, but unfortunately for her, he is wise to the trick, so he sticks the binoculars on Lulu's face, causing this to happen to her a second time.

Film

Literature
  • ''Arthur :Arthur does this to Binky in "Arthur's April Fools". He was afraid most of the book that Binky would pull a prank on him, and ended up turning the tables at the end. He told Binky to go home and look through the paper tube at the mirror to decode a written message-that said 'April fool's'.
  • In the Harry Potter series, Fred and George invent a joke telescope that gives someone a black eye when they attempt to use it, and the only way to clear it is with their antidote. Hermione grabs it absentmindedly once and it still punches her, even though she wasn't looking through it.

Live Action TV
  • CSI NY Lindsay gets one of these from her husband,in a prank meant for Adam,the lab tech. She wears glasses the rest of the ep to hide it and spends most of it trying to determine the prankster. She tells Danny she'll find a way to get him back for it.
  • MASH episode "The Joker is Wild". During a practical joke contest, Colonel Potter gets "Ring Around The Eyes" when he looks through a pair of binoculars.

Newspaper Comics
  • Used in The Far Side with professional astronomers pulling this prank on each other at work.

Western Animation
  • One of the Hilarious Outtakes from Toy Story 2 has thus happen to Buzz after he looks through Lenny, the toy binoculars.
  • In the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic episode "Griffon the Brush Off", Pinkie Pie does this to Rainbow Dash using a telescope that the latter was looking in to see the results of their squirting turtle prank.
  • Ed Edd N Eddy: Ed is using a opened-up can as a binocular. When he puts it away, a ring where the can once was is on Ed's eye.
  • This happened to Spock in the Star Trek The Animated Series episode "The Practical Joker".After the Enterprise passed through a mysterious energy field, the ship's computer started pulling practical jokes on the crew. One example was coating the rim of a viewing device with a black pigment. When Spock looked into it, it left rings around his eyes.
  • In an April Fools Day/Clip Show episode of The Simpsons the employees of the Frying Dutchman Restaurant do this to their boss Captain MacAlister as he's looking through a telescope. "From this day, I be requiring hairnets."

Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • November 9, 2012
    DracMonster
    Hmmm, needs a name which doesn't sound like a REALLY squicky body modification.

    Eyepiece Paint Prank is the best I can think of.
  • November 9, 2012
    chicagomel
    Yeah, you're right...I coudn't think of a good one to start and then got distracted by something in the writing preventing it from going through. I still don't know what it was, had to write it on my iPad and then edit it here.
  • November 9, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
  • November 10, 2012
    CaveCat
    • This happened in two episodes of the Little Lulu anime;
      • In Episode 6, Lulu is looking through a pair of binoculars while her and the others are looking for fires to fight (long story). When she removes them, she ends up with black rings around her eyes, as the others start yukking it up about it.
      • In Episode 12, Lulu attempts to do this to the mean butler, but unfortunately for her, he is wise to the trick, so he sticks the binoculars on Lulu's face, causing this to happen to her a second time.
  • November 10, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    In the outtakes to Toy Story 2 Buzz uses toy binoculars to look for Woody, and they draw black rings on his dome helmet. See it in this video starting at 2:37.
  • November 11, 2012
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • MASH episode "The Joker is Wild". During a practical joke contest, Colonel Potter gets "Ring Around The Eyes" when he looks through a pair of binoculars.
  • November 11, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
    • In the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic episode "Griffon the Brush Off", Pinkie Pie does this to Rainbow Dash using a telescope that the latter was looking in to see the results of their squirting turtle prank.
  • March 22, 2013
    chicagomel
    fixed my spelling and format mistakes with this bump, plus edits.
  • April 21, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    The Arthur example needs context. Also, it might be a good idea to mention in that Toy Story example, what kind of toy Lenny is, because otherwise it's going to look pretty confusing for someone who hasn't seen the movie.
  • April 21, 2013
    JonnyB
    Mahoney pulls it on Captain Harris in Police Academy.
  • April 21, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    This happened to Spock in the Star Trek The Animated Series episode "The Practical Joker".
  • May 3, 2013
    chicagomel
    Is there some context for those last two? I fixed the other one.
  • May 4, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ ^^

    Western Animation
    • Star Trek The Animated Series episode "The Practical Joker". After the Enterprise passed through a mysterious energy field, the ship's computer started pulling practical jokes on the crew. One example was coating the rim of a viewing device with a black pigment. When Spock looked into it, it left rings around his eyes.
  • May 4, 2013
    TooBah
    Not an eyepiece, but basically the same prank is pulled by a wheel of cheese in a Cheez-It commercial, using the rim of a mug instead of an eyepiece. See it here.
  • May 5, 2013
    Dawnwing
    Does this count? It's not exactly paint, but it's the same concept. Maybe it could just be called Eyepiece Prank.

    Literature:

    • In the Harry Potter series, Fred and George invent a joke telescope that gives someone a black eye when they attempt to use it, and the only way to clear it is with their antidote. Hermione grabs it absentmindedly once and it still punches her, even though she wasn't looking through it.
  • May 5, 2013
    MetaFour
    • Used in The Far Side with professional astronomers pulling this prank on each other at work.
  • May 25, 2013
    chicagomel
    OK, changed the name and added stuff.
  • May 26, 2013
    Alvin
    I'm being lazy here, but there was an episode of Roseanne where, I think, this happens: Darlene discovers that DJ's telescope is aimed at some girl's window. She blackens the eyepiece. DJ comes down from his room unmarked, then David comes down, marked. The episode ends on a black screen with white lettering suggesting Darlene is now doing heavy violence to Mark.
  • May 27, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ I assume you meant to say she was doing heavy violence to David?
  • May 27, 2013
    chicagomel
    I'll add it as soon as that's answered.
  • May 27, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In an April Fools Day/Clip Show episode of The Simpsons the employees of the Frying Dutchman Restaurant do this to their boss Captain MacAlister as he's looking through a telescope. "From this day, I be requiring hairnets."
  • June 12, 2013
    chicagomel
    Final bump...got five hats...ok for launch? Any more examples or missed formatting stuff?
  • June 13, 2013
    Alvin
    ^^^^ Yes, I got Mark and David confused and didn't correct it everywhere.
  • June 13, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^^I fixed the namespace on the Little Lulu example, so I think you're good to go now.
  • June 13, 2013
    Chabal2
    Happens twice in Free Willy, with binoculars.
  • June 13, 2013
    XFllo
    Just to note: I saw on another YKTTW that Fast Eddie didn't approve of prank tropes as there are way too many and should be lumped together. I would wait before that's sorted out.

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