Andrew Hales is getting a lot of attention for bringing an old idea -- videotaping pranks, "Candid Camera"-style -- to Utah Valley University.
Hales, a 22-year-old public-relations major, posts videos every Monday on his YouTube channel, "Losing All Hope Was Freedom" (the title comes from a line in "Fight Club"), showing various pranks.
Today's prank video, "Staring at People 2," the second in a series where Hales and a buddy just stare at random people, to see what kind of reaction they get.
Last week's video has really taken off, though. "Holding Hands With Strangers" -- in which Hales, yes, walks up to stranger after stranger, and tries to hold their hand -- has elicited nearly 4.5 million hits since it was released a week ago. (Click on the image above to see it yourself.)
The reactions of the people in the video vary from mildly shocked to shyly charmed.
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