Girl Fakes Grand Canyon Fall to Prank Mom (PHOTO)

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grand canyon prankHere's a child-rearing quandary you won't find covered in the standard parenting handbook: How to react when your kid does something that's equal parts really clever and really obnoxious. Praise? Punish? Pass out from shock and then pretend you forgot about the whole thing? This type of precocious prank is pretty much defined by a photo recently posted online by a teen girl on her first visit to the Grand Canyon ... with the following caption:

"Mom was worried about my trip to the Grand Canyon, I sent her this picture."

Gah!! See what I mean? The kid's poor mother probably went from screaming to laughing to crying to fuming in under 30 seconds when she saw this pic.

Now, it's not entirely clear whether this image was photoshopped or if the girl was standing on an unseen ledge or what, but since we know she lived to post it on the internet, it's obviously a fake. So any terror her mother felt was (hopefully) short-lived. But still. Assuming it wasn't photoshopped, this is a joke that could have easily gone from funny to fatal in the blink of an eye. I mean, it's not like plenty of people DON'T die from falling into the Grand Canyon every year (in case you've never been, there aren't really any guardrails). This girl is lucky she didn't end up joining their ranks. Plus, how about some respect for those who really did lose their lives in this terrifying manner?

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Anyway, I've been trying to figure out what I would do if one of my kids pulled this prank on me, and I think I would basically tell them everything I just typed in the above paragraph, except I would probably be yelling the words.

Unfortunately, I think they would basically roll their eyes at me and say something like "Yeah, but I didn't fall, so whatever."

At which point I would ... toss back a few more fast-melting ibuprofen gelcaps? Sigh in exasperation? What do you think?

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Megan Lee

If people were expected to respect every single way people meet their end then we wouldn't be able to joke about anything.

Amanda Spurgeon

I think this is absolutely HILARIOUS... i agree with megan lee.. obviously its fake anyway because if she was REALLY falling who would take a pic than send it to her mom? funny if you can't see the humor in it i'm so sorry but it made me laugh!

Ashley Ann Marie Briggs

True, but this isnt exactly the thing you joke with some one about.  And like the author said, this could have gone very badly, very quickly....  As a mom, I would probably not find much humor in this.

nonmember avatar ashley

This article is a little negative. I find this picture histerical. Maybe its because im 23 but i dont think people should be getting on her case and lighten up. Too many focus on the what ifs of life and the fact is nothing happened. Shes fine life goes on and its funny. And anyone else needs to get a sense of humor.

Debra Baca

There are many places along the rim of the canyon where you could easily take a picture like this and not be in any real danger. When I was teaching, we took 4th graders to the Canyon, and I took pictures of them that looked very close to the edge, but in actuality there was another very wide area directly beneath them. It's all in the angle of the shot. However, I never staged it to look like they were falling. Yikes!

pupuk... pupukeawahine

My parents had a real life scare at the Grand Canyon.  We were staying in some cabins and my sister and I woke up before our parents did.  We went outside and I convinced my little sister (we were six & eight) to follow me, so we jumped up on a stone wall that was on the edge of a sheer drop into the canyon and was about 3 1/2 feet high and we walked along it (I loved climbing things and doing dare devil stuff) and then got braver and walked really fast along it.  Our poor dad came out in his pajamas for a cigarette and saw us!  He said he was never more scared in his life and tried to hide his panic and not yell at us to get down, because he was afraid we'd fall over the edge.  He quietly walked over and whispered at us to get down.  Every now and then he'd bring it up over the years as the most frightening moment of his life.

Lauren Keirsey

I kind of think this is one of those funny things until you're the actual mom who it's happening to.. I know that I find it funny because I KNOW it's fake, but if my son did this, I'd probably be in a whirlwind of emotions.

shell3m shell3m

I would rip her head off, hug her and then yell some  I would be FREAKED out.

Ed Meredith

My sister and I pulled something similar when we were kids, but our stunt was far more effective. We were sitting on a cliff ledge in Starved Rock State Park in IL. As our mom came up behind us and frantically told us to get off the edge we both at the same time turned around and purposely fell off of the edge (not even planned we just both had the same idea at the same time). Poor mom nearly had a heart attack as she ran to the edge and looked down expecting to see her children broken on the rocks below, only to find us laughing safely on the wide ledge 6' below that she could not see from her previous vantage point. We still all laugh about it nearly 40 years later, though she could have just about killed us at the time!

urmaj... urmajesty813

Thats hilarious.... If my kids ever did anything like that, I would have to laugh at them, I dont think I would get upset because its obviously a joke.

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