Last week, a video of a girl setting herself on fire while twerking quickly racked up almost 10 million views. Before we posted it here, we debated whether it was staged — it seemed a little too perfect — but we figured, who would set herself ablaze just for online attention?
The answer: Hollywood stuntwoman Daphne Avalon. The whole thing was an elaborate ruse that Jimmy Kimmel orchestrated to see whether it’d go viral. This is probably the most successful mass-media prank since Orson Welles read “The War Of The Worlds” like a radio news broadcast in 1938 and made the public think aliens were invading earth. People weren’t more naive in the past — they just didn’t have YouTube.
We’d be mad about getting punk’d, but every guy loves a brilliant prank, so we have to give Kimmel serious props. Watch the grand reveal below: