- You Kicked My Dog
"You Kicked My Dog" is a
prank callreleased in 1995 by an unknown prankster. The call has been credited to The Jerky Boys, Tom Greenand Troy Sa, but the true caller still remains unknown. In this call a character known as Kerpal who used an Indian/English accent to call a local store owner and abuse him and his family. It is believed to have originated in Mississauga(Malton), Ontario, Canadain the fall of 1993.Fact|date=January 2008 The call was recorded on an answering machineand distributed by the caller on tape in the summer of 1994.Fact|date=January 2008 An unknown individual who purchased the tape uploaded the file to Napsterand the call has been online ever since.Fact|date=January 2008
The prank call
The man in the prank call identifies himself as Kerpal and claims to be of 'Pakistani' descent (highlighted by the last dialogue spoken by him in the call; "just because I'm Paki does not mean I stink!"). A man known as Abtar answers the
telephone. Kerpal then alleges that Abtar's older daughter kicked his dog. Abtar asks his daughter in Punjabi: "Dog noo kick kita see"?" (Did you kick the dog?). After minutes of confusion, it is revealed that the daughter knows nothing about kicking Kerpal's dog, let alone who Kerpal is. The call eventually degrades into a shouting match with Kerpal shouting obscenities.
At least three different Flash
animations have been created to visualize this call. The simplest one, thought to be the original, was created by Adam Letalik and published on FlatPlanetin late 1999. [cite web |url=http://flatplanet.net/miscellaneous/kertar1.html |title=Kertar Calls the Neighbours! - You kicked my dog! |accessdate=2007-02-05 |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher=FlatPlanet.org |archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20020125003027/flatplanet.net/miscellaneous/kertar1.html |archivedate=2001-09-27 |quote=Animation by Adam Letalik/ Recording by Purpa Sadu]
This phone call is still played by
radiostations, notably KQRS-FMin Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. The line "You know damn right!" is a catchphraseof KQRS personality Tom Barnard.
Soundboards featuring clips from "You Kicked My Dog" can be found on the internet. Other pranks have been successfully conducted using such soundboards and have been released as alternate versions of the original.
Many sequels to "You Kicked My Dog" exist on the Internet. One popular version features a conversation between two
Indian-accented men where the caller, Purpa Sadu (a.k.a kerpal), requests to be picked up from an airport, but the call degenerates into another conflict using harsh language.
List of Internet phenomena
* [http://www.kerpal.net/ You Kicked My Dog]
* [http://www.bootstrike.com/LaughterHell/Featured/kick12.html You Kicked My Dog (Original Version)]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9fIjYnPazc You Kicked My Dog (YouTube)]
* [http://www.bootstrike.com/LaughterHell/Featured/kicklyrics.html You Kicked My Dog script]
* [http://www.bootstrike.com/LaughterHell/Featured/airport2.html Kerpal Airport Call]
* [http://tcrcomix.com/omginternet/KYD.html "You Kicked My Dog"] on TCR's "OMG INTERNET!: The On-Going History Of Internet Humour"
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