A man was bombarded with bizarre late night calls and voicemails after his best friend put up a poster asking strangers to call him to take part in a 'dinosaur roar contest'. Watch below:
Russell Barnett and colleague Mike Brandt have been playing practical jokes on one another since they first met all the way back in 1997, but Russell really pulled it out of the bag with his latest prank.
The 47-year-old drew up 51 posters urging people to call Mike's number with their 'best impression' of a dinosaur roar, before putting them up around his hometown of Charleston In South Carolina.
Within hours, Mike's phone was blowing up with people showing off their very best roars.
It wasn't long before Mike's voicemail inbox was full, but the calls kept coming right through into the night, with some folks even attaching them as audio files to text messages.
Russell said: "When Mike sent me the first few texts confiding in me that something unusual was happening to him I was literally in tears laughing.
"He didn't know I was the cause, he didn't even know yet he was being pranked. I was hoping for at best a half a dozen calls.
"Then to prove to me that his unusual story was true, he started sending me copies of the voicemails and I just melted down. It's the funniest thing I've ever experienced.
"I was worried that no one would actually call, since nowadays people mostly text, and there are so many fishing sites trying to steal personal info.
"I do not know the exact count of voicemails but it was enough to fill its capacity in three hours.
"After it had filled up, he purposely left it full in hopes it would stop. It did not, people kept calling his phone.
"Some started to text him audio entries, another texted him a copy of the flyer asking if they could still enter. When Mike saw the picture of the flyer he finally understood what was happening.
"People were calling him all hours of the night and he would have to get his number changed, so he and I went out the next day and removed all the flyers I had placed.
"He still is getting a few calls here and there but most have now stopped.
"I have two favourites - one was by someone named Ben and the second is a girl who left no name that we have nicknamed Laughasaurus or Weezasuarus, as she couldn't stop laughing during her entire voicemail."
Fortunately, Mike saw the funny side and even shared some of the better entries on social media.
Mike said: "Typically, if I don't recognise a number, I'll let it go to voicemail and so the first messages were just a roar and then someone hanging up, which I thought was odd.
"I thought I'd maybe been hacked. The only way I found out I'd been hacked was when someone sent me a text asking if they could still enter the contest even though my inbox was full.
"We had recently pranked another friend joking we needed to store a coffin in his garage but Russell has got a prank coming now."
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