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The "burning bag of poop" is a very old and rather gross Practical Joke in which someone puts a bag filled with feces of some variety on someone's porch or stoop, lights it on fire, rings the doorbell or knocks, and then either runs away or hides to watch. Upon answering the door, the unsuspecting target panics and stomps out the burning bag, only to realize that their shoes are now fouled.
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Related to Ding-Dong-Ditch Distraction, although the end result is very different.


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    Comic Books 
  • Titeuf and Manu tried to pull this prank on an apartment's janitor with some dog poop rolled up in a newspaper. However, when nobody answered the doorbell, Titeuf stepped on the newspaper himself. It's then that the janitor came out of the door and punished the poop-covered Titeuf.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Billy Madison, Billy plays this prank on Old Man Clemens with Jack and Frank in tow, Jack having done the dirty work of shoveling the poop into the bag. As they watch from behind a bush, Clemens charges out of the house in his tighty-whitey briefs and an undershirt to answer the doorbell.
    Clemens: Judas Priest, Barbara, it's one of those flaming bags again! [he stomps out the fire, then wrinkles his nose in disgust and smells his boot] Poop again!
    Billy: He called the shit poop! [they all laugh]
  • In Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019), the protagonists throw a flaming bag of poop into their bully's car.
  • Tales of Halloween: Combined with Bear Trap in "The Night Billy Raised Hell". Billy places a flaming paper bag on the doorstep and rings the bell, but when the householder goes to stomp it out, the bag contains a bear trap that snaps shut on his leg.

    Literature 
  • In BOOM: Comic Confessions of a Boomer Corner Boy by Fred Lavner, part of his description of his childhood in southwest Philadelphia includes his older brother introducing him to the prank.
    The payoff for us was seeing some angry neighbor stomping out a fire and realizing that they'd just stepped in a pile of hot shit. Fun times in southwest Philly.
  • A lethal variant shows up in Red Square, one of the sequels to Gorky Park. Renko and his partner Jaak are searching for someone, when they come across a cardboard box that's on fire. Jaak goes to stomp it out, but Renko holds him back; when the box burns away, they find that inside the box is an antipersonnel mine.
    Jaak: The door opened and there was a fire inside. Remember when you were a kid? Didn't you put dog shit in a bag and set the bag on fire to see people stamp it out? We used to do it all the time. Anyway, instead of dog shit there was a landmine. I can't believe I fell for it. Almost.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • Played with in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The Gang Goes Jihad". An Israeli developer has bought a lot that includes half of the property Paddy's Pub was on and built a wall around it. Charlie, Mac, and Dennis first try to get the developer off their property by making a "Jihad Tape" to send to him, but they can't bring themselves to do it. They then use Charlie's suggestion of throwing a flaming bag of poop into the building the developer bought. Unbeknownst to them, there's a gas leak in that building, so when they throw the bag, the building explodes. Also, Charlie drops their jihad tape at the site, resulting in some major Unfortunate Implications.
  • Malcolm in the Middle explains to the audience that over the years they have had a number of neighbors who move in and out of the house next door. During the montage, he and Reese do this to a neighbor for yuks, but they stop laughing when the neighbors' robe catches fire.
  • This happens two times in the Orange Is the New Black episode "Little Mustachioed Shit". In a flashback, Alex's ex Sylvie pulls this prank on Piper after learning that she and Alex have hooked up. Later, Piper does the same to Polly after learning that she and Larry are sleeping together.
  • The That '70s Show episode "Canadian Road Trip" begins with Eric inviting Hyde, Leo, and Fez to buy beer in Canada, and bluntly telling Kelso he can't go with them. When Kelso asks why, Eric says because when they tried to do this prank on a teacher, Kelso lit the bag on the way over, and stomped it out in the car. Eric only changes his mind when Kelso offers to pay for the beer.
  • In Scrubs a flashback shows that JD, Turk and their latino friend "Caramel Bear" did this at university. Caramel Bear was grabbed by the victim of the prank and was never seen again. It's even stated that Caramel Bear's roommate got automatic As that semesternote .
  • Parodied in Still Standing. Bill and Judy bring a bag of brownies to the Halversons as an apology. While writing the apology letter, they use a lighter to see, and end up lighting the bag on fire. They run away, then Ted Halverson comes outside and stomps out the flames, thinking that the brown stuff on his shoe is feces.

    Music 
  • The video for "Came Out Swinging" by The Wonder Years features a girl in a Bedsheet Ghost outfit playing various pranks on people, which includes leaving a flaming bag of poop on a random guy's doorstep.

    Video Games 
  • Bully feature an optional (and missable) Halloween mission in which Gary and Jimmy put a bag of poop just outside the teacher's lounge. The fire alarm is pulled just after it's lit on fire, causing Mr. Burton to charge out of the lounge and fall victim.
  • The Sims:
    • In The Sims 2, a disastrous date will result in one of the Sims leaving a "Worst Date Ever" Flaming Poo Bag at the other's doorstep.
      The date we shared was worse than bad
      It was the worst I've ever had
      An angry slap's too good for you
      So have this flaming bag of poo
    • The Generations expansion pack for The Sims 3 introduced a set of pranks teenaged Sims could attempt, which included the Flaming Poo Bag.
  • An online game named after it, coming alive to panic before being stepped on.

    Web Animation 
  • Dorkly Originals:
    Luigi: Tell me. Who. am. I?
    Mario: The prank bitch!
    Luigi:(stomps harder) WRONG ANSWER
    Mario: You're Luigi! Number one!
  • Sonic for Hire: In Season 6, when Tails and co. arrive at Mario's office to rescue Sonic, they decide to drop a flaming bag of poop to screw with Mario. They end up screwing around so long they forgot to ring the doorbell and the building got set on fire.

    Web Comics 
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    Web Videos 
  • 5 Second Films: "Flaming Bag of Poop".
  • In Season 14 of Red vs. Blue, an episode crosses over into the ‘real world’, where series creator, Burnie Burns goes off on an extended rant at the ‘Millennial hacks’ (Miles Luna and crew) currently running the show.
    Burnie: Well, I guess you think you're pretty hot shit, huh? Well guess what?! WE are the hottest shit that there is! In fact, WE'RE so hot, we're like... a giant bag of shit that's lit on fire, and then, you put it on your neighbor's doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run away in the middle of the night! And then your neighbor comes out in his robe and his slippers, and he's like: "What's this?! Oh, it's a huge burning bag on my doorstep! I better put that out!" So he starts stomping on it! He's stomping on the fire! But guess what?! He's not stomping on fire! He's stomping! On! SHIT! And that hot shit that's on the bottom of his slipper?! THAT'S US!
    (beat)
    Josh: ...That's a really fucking weird metaphor.
    Burnie: You're a fucking weird metaphor!

    Western Animation 
  • In Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Cubing", after Frylock asks the Wisdom Cube what lies beyond the universe, the cube gives Frylock a flaming bag and tells to put it out should he desire the final answer. Unsurprisingly, it turned out to be poop inside with Shake hysterically calling it the oldest gag in the book.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Brian the Bachelor", Chris' pimple goads him into pulling this prank on the Swansons. Joe answers the door, but since he's in a wheelchair, he has to "stamp" the fire out by grabbing his legs and slamming them onto the bag.
      Joe: Oh good lord! *puts the fire out, then smells his shoe* Is that...doody?!
    • Invoked in "Family Gay" when Peter throws a dead horse through the window of Mort's pharmacy.
      Mort: Oh boy. I miss the old days when it was just a flaming bag of poop and a hurtful note.
  • King of the Hill: In "The Man who Shot Cane Skretteberg", Hank and the guys watch from behind their old neighbor's fence as the teenager who's been a total Jerkass in the neighborhood gullibly steps on a flaming bag of poop on his front porch.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", Bart knows where Principal Skinner lives because he pulled this prank on the principal in the past.
      Skinner: A flaming bag, eh? Well, these new Italian loafers will make short work of it! *SPLUT*
    • In "C.E. D'oh", Homer plans to leave a flaming bag outside Mr. Burns' office, only to have an Oh, Crap! when he looks inside and sees that it's full of the money for Lisa's college fund.
  • Time Squad: In "Dishonest Abe", the Time Squad attempt to out-prank president Abraham Lincoln, with one of these pranks being to drop a flaming bag of dog poop and run.

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