Without doubt one of the best pranks I’ve ever seen.  I guess if you’re going to go to the time and effort to pull a prank, you might as well make it an epic one.  It seems as if I’m always the last one to find stuff like this, so if you’ve already seen it, my apologies.  But if you haven’t, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  I’ve been in Grand Central Station in New York a zillion times, and I can just imagine this scenario.
Hat tip to Channa for sending it my way


  1. Heard about it, but hadn’t seen the clip….thanks for posting! That was an awesome idea….love the guy in the cart’s reaction.
    I did too.

  2. It’s not specifically drug or low-carb related, but I’d love to see you post on your thoughts on this NY Times article:
    Inquiry Set on Health Care Billing
    It is a common medical puzzler. The benefits statement arrives from the insurance company, saying that although the doctor has charged, say, $200 for that recent office visit, only $80 is covered — and the consumer is obliged to pick up the balance.
    That gap may be too big, according to critics of the health insurance industry, whose ranks were joined Wednesday by the New York State attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo.
    Mr. Cuomo announced a sweeping investigation into whether health insurance companies have systematically forced patients to pay more than they should when using doctors and hospitals outside their insurer’s networks.
    “We believe there was an industrywide scheme perpetuated by some of the nation’s largest health insurers to deceive and defraud consumers,” Mr. Cuomo said at a news conference on Wednesday….
    My bet is that this will all blow up, go away and never be heard from again. Cuomo is grandstanding. It’s fraud only if one’s insurance policy says that X will be paid, and the insurance company pays Y (a lesser amount) instead. If the policy clearly states what the limits are for payment and sticks within those limits, how can it be fraud. Everyone is always upset when receiving the benefits statement for a medical visit. Everyone thinks the insurance payments are too low. Ergo, everyone thinks they are getting screwed. So everyone thinks Cuomo is doing a bang up job going after the insurance companies that are screwing everyone. But, as I say, it will be all smoke and mirrors because I would be the insurance companies are sticking to the letter of their policies.
    At least that’s my opinion.

  3. This reminds me of an episode of the twilight Zone and an episode of Star Trek: The original series.. Absolutely hilarious. I showed this to my son and he immediately said…”Mom! I saw this 2 months ago!” Still, it was new to me.

  4. I’d never seen this before. I love a good prank (as long as no one get’s hurt). Thanks for sharing, this is great!

  5. Yes, and it’s refreshing to see a prank that’s cool and that doesn’t try to make fun of anyone. Most pranks don’t have people applauding afterward.

  6. all those people stopping and talking and wonder what’s going on? tourists! Real new yorkers wouldn’t be bothered to even notice these jokers!

  7. Angelyne, your comment “Most pranks don’t have people applauding afterward” was brilliant and true. Which then begs the question was it a prank or was it art?
    MrFreddy, respectfully, I was born and lived in NY for over 25 years and there are wonderful opportunities in the city to see and do and learn whatever your mind or heart desires, but one of the best things to do in the city is people-watch. Maybe some natives tire of it, but I never did. I used to go to Grand Central not to catch a train, but just to go there.

  8. I thought it was extraordinary and beautiful.
    (BTW, the original idea was Richard LaGravenese’s, screenwriter of The Fisher King in which people freezing in Grand Central Station is one of Robin Williams’ fantasies. (The movie is worth renting for that scene alone…Terry Gilliam staged it brilliantly.)

  9. That was really funny!
    On another subject, can you tell us when you will be doing the promised post on the metabolic advantage of low carb diets?

  10. Hi Mike,
    Looks like you’re busy this week since this hasn’t been updated in awhile. Unrelated, and I can’t remember where I got the link, but there is a cool new website for those wanting to know just what is in that food they are eating.
    It has a great feature to visualize the calories, carbs, and fat for each item. Check it out and see what you think.
    Keep up the great work. Looking forward to future books (I own everything you’ve published so I need more…) and posts.
    Thanks for the link. It’s fun to fiddle around with.

  11. To echo Sue (in a different way), – when are you going to do another medical/metabolic/low-carb/ post? The Grand Central stunt was great but we are here for other reasons!!
    Now. I’ve had two new posts up before answering this comment. That tells you how far behind I am right now.

  12. Just came across this article claiming that whole grains have health/weight loss benefits … care to debunk it for us or at least discuss it?
    From my brief look over, it appears that the study is comparing whole grains to refined grains. I would expect the whole grains to perform better – they’re not absorbed as completely. Still doesn’t make them better than no grains, which is my choice.

  13. Looking forward to more blog entries from you. In the meantime, a somewhat silly question: some anti low-carb bloggers are making fun of Gary Taube’s appearance in his recent videotaped Hoboken lecture. He does look like he has put on few pounds. Can you ask him if low-carb is working for him? At one point he said his wife thought he had lost too much weight eating low-carb so he apparently changed his diet. Raises an interesting question about whether an advocate has any responsibility to practice what he preaches, and what the repercussions might be if he doesn’t.
    I checked with Gary. He says he hasn’t gained any weight and hasn’t changed his pants size since he first lost weight on a low-carb diet. Must be the video that makes him look heavier.

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