People at the University of Texas at Austin agreed to sign a petition that would compel the City of Austin to enforce a law requiring pedestrians to wear safety helmets.
The tongue-in-cheek operation by Alex Jones' Infowars.com staff was called C.H.U.M.P.S.(Compelled Helmet Use for the Misfortunate Public). Participants were told the law would also require special walking lanes so people could walk while texting and freely run into things. No one would get hurt because everyone is wearing helmets.
Sadly, most people didn't realize it was a joke. They were even told the plan would be used to lower insurance prices under Obamacare.
"We talked to 20 people and 14 of them signed the petition to pass a law to make the general population wear helmets when you walk down the street," said talk show host Alex Jones said in a video report. "Think of the absurdity of this. And to try to wake them up the petition was even titled 'Chumps.'
"This is the amazing level of conditioning and brainwashing that the general public, especially trendies, are under," he said.
The Infowars bit is somewhat similar to "Jaywalking" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In it, the late-night television host interviews people on the street by posing pop quizzes that feature basic information people should know.
In the Infowars version, staffers go out to get people to sign fake, ridiculous petitions, just to see if they'll do it. More often than not, they do.
Infowars.com writer Paul Joseph Watson noted that the helmet petition shows "the majority of the general public will accept almost any nanny state measure no matter how ludicrous."