Behind the scenes of the great BYU Easter prank

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PROVO -- By now you've likely heard about a clever Easter prank some BYU students pulled on their neighbors. The girls came home to find their living room transformed into a grassy wonderland of bunnies and chicks. Video of the prank was featured on our "Have You Seen This" series earlier this week.

Thursday we talked to the victims and the perpetrators of this hilarious prank.

This certainly isn't the first prank pulled on a college campus, but it may be the best ever documented. Two film students, seven cameras, five months of planning and a few chicks and baby bunnies running around on live grass in a living room, and you've got yourself a YouTube hit!

Today, they are all smiles as they re-lived what thousands of people have now seen online. While they are all laughing now, the girls admit they were scared for a minute.

"For some reason I was really afraid," Natalie Fuller said.


While the video shows the setup, it was more complicated than it looks and took 90 minutes, while the girls were at church on Easter Sunday.

Prankster Nate Stebbings said, "I expected too many problems to pop up, one of them would be home or something like that, but in the end it was all perfect."

While Stebbings ran the operation from the boys' apartment, everyone had their role in the prank, including the guy in the Easter Bunny costume.

"I just sat behind that curtain for an hour and a half. I almost passed out," Adam Lang said. "It was really hot. I was really nervous."

People around campus are now recognizing the girls from the five minute video, whose reaction was priceless!

"I definitely noticed some double takes a lot, and they look and then they look, and it might be in my head, but they recognize the video," Jenny Smithson said. "It's just cool so many people love it."

"We had people coming, and then they would leave and come back with their friends, and they'd leave and come back with more friends," Fuller said.

We definitely do have reputations now. And whenever we walk around in a group now, they're like, ‘You off to pull another prank?'

–Josh Watson, prankster

One thing you don't see in the video is the guys cleaning up.

"They got rid of all the grass. They vacuumed our apartment. Our living room looked better than it did when they found it," Bronwyn Bent said.

Prankster Josh Watson said, "We definitely do have reputations now. And whenever we walk around in a group now, they're like, ‘You off to pull another prank?'"

So the obvious question is: are the girls planning revenge?

"Everything we've thought of, we're like, that wouldn't be half as cool compared to what they did!" Fuller said.

Their video has more than 270,000 views on YouTube. In all, their operation cost about $100. The boys say they are already thinking about what the can do next year-- so expect a sequel!


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