Offbeat
5:39 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Fake wedding prank disrupts U of M biology class

It used to be that a good college prank just meant finding a way to get a horse into Dean Wormer's office.

These days, media-savvy college students are putting together elaborately organized, digitally recorded productions, ready-made for YouTube.

Animal House it is not, but a group of students from the University of Michigan deserves credit for the fake wedding they put on in the middle of a biology lecture.

Here is the video:

And here's a rundown of the event from AnnArbor.com:

In October, a group of 54 students staged an elaborate fake wedding, a musical prank they decided to act out in the middle of a biology lecture led by U of M lecturer Barry O'Connor.

The prank included eight cameras, 2,000 rose petals and a lot of fake mustaches, according to Nathan Hartmann, a U-M engineering major and the video's director. So what inspires such a gag?

"We do it primarily just for the heck of it," Hartmann said in an interview. The idea for the video came from "a running joke" about two of Hartmann's friends getting married, even though the pair aren't romantically interested in one another, says Hartmann.

The same group pranked an organic chemistry lecture in the spring. It involves a mariachi band, a purse thief, and Zorro.

Take a look:

- Jordan Wyant, Michigan Radio Newsroom