February 25, 2008 1:12am CST
I confess, when I was younger, I love to sneak up behind people and giving a good scare. At the time, I found it funny when they jumped, and/or screamed - that was the pinnacle of delight, the more response, the funnier. Well maybe karma is catching up to me, with a vengeance - Here in the Sacramento County area in California where I live, it seems to be the common habit for adolescents to do this to people - sneaking up behind people and scaring them with loud screams - and while I confess I have done this when I was younger, I would never have done that to someone I didn't know. It seems here, there is no inhibition - just get together with your friends and entertain yourself screaming at total strangers. I would be very interested in information where else this is happening, and especially from current screamers as to why they think this is proper behavior.
• United States
25 Feb 08
In my work area, there is this gap between the wall & this cabinet-like table that I often hide behind for the purpose of scaring someone. My usual pattern is to sneak behind there, & then when the occupant is not looking, stand tall & proud. Then when I get noticed, they usually jump or something. The most memorable time I did this to someone was telling him about it. We had a good laugh when he said, "That's a good way to get me," & we went our separate ways to do our jobs. Then he left that room to run to the bathroom, & we waved to each other as he was on his way. While he was out, I jumped back there. When I knew he was not looking, I stood up tall & proud. Then he turned around & noticed me, nearly jumped & plastered himself to the ceiling, & then went into a fit of laughter. He was also stuttering, "And you just told about that one & I still fell for it." We were both laughing so hard we were crying.