Monday, October 05, 2009


Remi Gaillard is quite famous in France. He's quite famous because he films himself playing pranks on people, and posts them on the internet. His reasons? "C'est en faisant n'importe quoi qu'on devient n'importe qui" - "It's by doing whatever that one becomes whoever".

"Whatever" has recently involved creating a fake Tour de France finish line and lying in wait for unsuspecting Sunday cyclists. The cyclists are suddenly greeted by an enthusiastic mob which covers them with praise, trophies and bottled water (watch the video above to get the full effect). Gaillard has gone to some lengths to make these mobs realistic, recruiting male flashers as a final touch. The video has gone viral, notching up over 0.75m views on YouTube alone.