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What is gallon smashing?

Updated on May 12, 2013

Is this the new biggest thing since planking?

Okay so picture this:

You're out on a grocery run getting your weekly shopping done. You're near the dairy section procuring yourself a gallon of milk when all of a sudden you hear the sound of someone slipping and then a loud thud. You turn to look and you see a teenager laying on the ground in the middle of a pool of milk.....a busted milk jug at his side.

If you've witnessed this anytime recently, you may have been the victim of a new prank that's being practiced in grocery stores called "GALLON SMASHING".

Just like "PLANKING" a few years ago, gallon smashing has become a new YouTube sensation that's receiving more hits than Rocky Balboa on a bad day.

How the heck do you do this?

It's really quite simple:

  1. Decide that you have nothing better to do that day than give yourself a concussion.
  2. Oh and a broken leg.
  3. Go to your local grocery store (Krogers, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.)
  4. Find yourself a few gallons of liquid, preferably milk or juice of some kind.
  5. Find yourself some unsuspecting people who aren't looking your way at the moment.
  6. Take a running leap into the air.
  7. Throw down your jugs of liquid while in midair.
  8. Eat floor.
  9. Wriggle about on the floor while trying to look as helpless as possible.
  10. Pick up your teeth.

*(special note: The author in no way, shape, or fashion is approving of or encouraging this practice. All I'm doing is describing how its done.)

Gallon smashing

Are these kids just having harmless fun?

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Why does someone do this?

More often than not, to get a cheap thrill pranking someone into believing you had an accident....playing on their sentiments. It's quite the mindless activity really, serving no other purpose than to hurt yourself while someone else who works at the store cleans up the mess you've made.

I personally find the prank hilariously dumb because of a few reasons:

  • You're destroying someone else's property not to mention brain cells.
  • You're taking advantage of someone else's good nature in their desire to help you.
  • You look plain goofy doing it.

I was mildly amused when I originally saw this but then I just realized how awfully painful it is to see someone do something that dangerous to themselves. Anyway, those are my personal thoughts on the topic.

We were all young once and I know I for one did many dumb there you have it.

Prank gone wrong.

Final thoughts

The whole reason Gallon smashing is getting so much attention lately is because there was one prank that went wrong and people got hurt. You can see that video here.

Kasman will be back with another hub soon, thanks for reading!


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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Not that's been reported Alocsin, I agree with you that this is a horrible prank to play because all it does is encourage more lawlessness. Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Do the guys who do this pay for the milk that they use? Otherwise, isn't that theft and vandalism? Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you for dropping in MsDora.

      I agree, I only find this mildly humorous for about a split second. There's always something to do that's pretty silly. For example, In Japan, it's a big thing to go around and just pull down a random woman's pants out in the middle of public. I don't know that this has been brought to the States yet but it's really horrific.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the information on gallon smashing. What mindless thing will they think of next? That to me, is one fun which is not funny.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yep, people are really this bored and nuts to want to hurt themselves just to prank folks. Like I said, I've done some dumb things when I was younger just to get a laugh for myself but as you grow a little older, you realize how silly those things you did were. Thanks for stopping by and you have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Strange, but I've never heard of this and I never saw this hub pop up...glad I checked your site to see what's been going on. What a strange activity...are people really this bored???

      Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      NateB11, I am someone who doesn't mind a funny long as noone gets hurt. I don't think this one is done in good spirit either. It's done with a reason to cause chaos're also destroying property of someone else too. And you're so right about them being full of beans! Thanks for dropping in and commenting brother.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hey prospect boy, thanks always for dropping in from time to time! I only recently heard of this practice and at first like I said, I was midly amused......but then maturity and reality sets in and you can't help but look at it from the shopper's point of view. Thanks again for your kudos!

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      I guess I always think it's a little funny for someone to disturb any social setting; and I like the fact that regular Joes can get famous on YouTube. But you're right this prank is pretty dumb, rather dangerous, and manipulative of those with good hearts. I guess kids will always find something kind of whacky to do, though. They're full of beans.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Hey there again good sir. Glad to have read another one of your articles. I've never heard of this practice before, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. However, as you mentioned in the article with your own views, I find this activity to be childish is kinda lame. I now know what to expect if I ever do be in a store and see someone participating in this act. Hopefully I'll never have to though. Again, nice writing my man. Voted up, and shared.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I know, it's so flippin difficult to feel sorry for people that hurt themselves intentionally for no good reason.....but what I really feel sorry for is the fact that we as a society in general have gotten to this point. Alot of these youngsters aren't doing anything rich with their lives or won't. I pray that this changes. Thanks for stopping by pandula!

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      Dr Pandula 4 years ago from Norway

      My goodness! I don't really feel for anyone who fell as they did it on purpose but I do feel for those people who sincerely offered a helping hand...human goodness do emerge in adversities of the others...

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Fat Freddy Cat, whoop em good, lol. Just don't kill em. Some people do need to have fun but not at the expense of others or their own health. Tell em to do something less skydiving. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I know, who knows how many people have actually attempted that. That's a good thought, I'm just curious myself if that's happened yet. I agree, time for responsibility to reign. It's crazy how many have nothing better to do than hurt themselves for no reason. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Lol, I know midget. I've heard and seen of pantsing in Japan. You talk about nutty things to do and very rude and obscene too. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

      Great... something else to tell my kids, "if I ever catch you doing that, I'll kick your butt!!" about.... haha

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      What the hell? This is crazy! I thought you were going to point out that this is a new scam to file a personal injury lawsuit against a large store. But to purposely hurt yourself? These kids need to get a life - or a job!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Phew. Good information, Kasman. I think people get up to the most ridiculous of things! Thanks for sharing!! Sharing too!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I need to read this hub you wrote. i have a friend who did this years ago and I thought he was going to pass out from it. I wasn't there, but I saw his video. Bad thing was, this is a grown man! Thanks so much for stopping by mary!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Holy Cow, I know a friend of mine that actually tried that a few years ago.......ugh! I like cinnamon as much as the next person but too much of this is ridiculous. Thanks so much for stopping by flourish!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Actually planking isn't nearly as bad at all. It's just another mindless maneuver to take up time, lol. Thanks so much for stopping by as always Sheri!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Kids are not kept busy enough! They have way too much time on their hands. I thought the cinnamon challenge was goofy enough ( I wrote a Hub warning against that), but this idea is pretty dumb, too.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I thought the nearly choking half to death on cinnamon thing was dumb. Oh my.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      omg...just when I thought people couldn't get any dumber! Call naive but I don't know what planking is...maybe ignorance is bliss.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much Kevina, I appreciate you stopping by.

      Yeah, this is relatively new and I truth be told, not much amazes me anymore...but this one was unique so I couldn't help but talk about it! Thanks alot for your comments.

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      kevina oyatedor 4 years ago

      What. The. Hell? At least with planking you stay in one place. This is dangerous. It's good that you wrote this to let people know.