A type of prank involving a tied dollar bill, or some valuable object or even food, left on the ground and then pulled away when someone attempts to pick it up. May be used as a lure.
Compare Coin-on-a-String Trick
, where the victim (usually a vending machine) believes they've ended up with the money.
Anime and Manga
- Appears in the censored version of Dragon Ball to replace Bulma using a lure of panties.
- Done by the Prankster in an old Superman comic. Seeing the obvious string, no one picks up the dollar assuming it is a prank. However, the string actually triggers an explosive to blow a hole in the wall of a bank.
- Mickey Mouse's nephews Mortie and Ferdie once placed a purse on the floor to pull a prank on Donald Duck, who tried to prank them back by picking a quarter from his pockets and pretended to take it from the purse. The boys cried for the money and Donald told them the money wasn't theirs. Unfortunately for him, a random passerby overheard the conversation and believed Donald robbed the kids. The passerby socked him and gave them the quarter.
- On April Fool's day, Huey, Dewey and Louie placed a dollar bill coming off a wallet (found at the city dump) and dropped it with a string to pull a prank on Donald. The string didn't work, allowing Donald to keep the wallet and the dollar. Later on, they tried something similar with an empty wallet and no strings (they reasoned Donald wouldn't need to see any money this time). Unlike them, Donald knew those old wallets had secret pockets and decided to search them for money. He found a ten-dollar bill.
- The old "duck on a dollar" trick from The Little Rascals.
- In Go West, Harpo uses this on Groucho. Groucho is trying to fleece Harpo & Chico out of all their money but H&C reverse it by giving Groucho a 10 and getting 9 change, over and over again.
- Yellowbeard: Commander Clement wants to get some information out of Harvey "Blind" Pew but doesn't want to pay for it. Each time he drops a coin into Pew's cup, Clement yanks it back out again with a string.
- In Used Cars, Rudy uses a $10 bill on a fishing line to attract a customer from across the street at a competing car dealer. When the customer is chasing the money and not looking at traffic, Hilarity Ensues.
- Appears on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind.
- In Breath of Fire II and Breath of Fire III, you can catch the fish man merchant Maniro by baiting your hook with a gold bar.
- Wario Land 2 has an enemy that lures Wario in with a coin on a fishing rod- when he attempts to collect it, he's instead pulled up to a higher area.
- Mr Burns does it in an episode of The Simpsons to bait children: dangling a large denomination bill on a string out of the window of his limousine and then driving away as Bart tries to pick it up.
- On Family Guy, when it's revealed that Lois' mother is Jewish, Carter, her husband, attempts to bait her with money. She doesn't fall for it.
- The "Couch Fishing" episode of Beavis And Butthead.
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Frankendoodle", SpongeBob does this to Squidward.
- One episode of The Kids From Room 402 started with Mr. Besser falling victim to the classic dollar bill with a string prank. The prankster later placed a coin with sellotape for another prank. At the end, someone dropped a ten-dollar bill and Mr. Besser, wrongfully assuming it was another prank, didn't try to pick it up.
- Used to distract Grunkle Stan in the Gravity Falls episode "Double Dipper", when one of the Dipper clones dangles a dollar bill on a fishing pole in front of him.
Yeah, right, like I'm gonna fall for that... (beat, dives for the bill
) Gimme that floating money!
- In The Tick, the wallet anglers that inhabit the sewers of The City use a "living wallet" as bait.
- In the Sonic Boom episode "Next Top Villain," the Lightning Bolt Society pull a variant of this prank by gluing a quarter to the ground for people to try (and fail) to pick up. They end up falling for it themselves however. Later, Tails falls for it too.
- When Alex Rodriguez left the Mariners to play for the Rangers (and eventually the Yankees), he got a cold reception when he came back to play against his former team. One of the disgruntled Seattle fans put a dollar bill on a fishing line and cast it out onto the field when A-Rod showed up to bat. The fan was ejected from Safeco, but not before the rest of the Seattle crowd cheered his protest.