The simple joys of a prank and a hidden camera. A college student who uploads ‘caught on camera’ style prank videos to YouTube has unveiled his latest, called Holding Hands With Strangers, which has turned into internet sensation overnight. The concept of 22-year-old Andrew Hales’ mission is simple; he walks up to a stranger on campus at Utah Valley University in Orem, nonchalantly holds a random person’s hand, and films their hilarious reactions. The successful video, which was uploaded to his YouTube channel, Losing All Hope Was Freedom, on Monday, has amassed nearly 1.3million views in just three days.
The entertaining automatic responses from the victims of the prank range from awkward laughter, to discomfort, and even revolt. The student created his own channel, shortened to LAHWF, named after a line from the 1999 film Fight Club, and has a dozen videos featuring people reacting in awkward, set-up, situations. His web series includes self-explanatory videos like ‘Holding The Door Open For People That Are Far Away,’ ‘Almost Picking Up Older Women’ and ‘Staring At People.’