It’s an old gag, and as classic as the whoopee cushion: one person hands a friend a can of nuts of chips, and when the friend opens it, a spring-loaded snake jumps out. Most of us would just brush it off as lame, someone in China thought, “What if?”
The courtroom may not be the best place for practical jokes, especially in Utah.
During a trial about whether electrical currents from a power plant can hurt cows (no, really), an expert witness said that cows could not feel 1.5 volts, because humans can’t feel it either. The lawyer then handed the witness a trick pen with a 1.5-volt AAA battery in it and asked him to push it. Only thing was that the pen had a transformer in it that increased the battery’s shock to 750 volts–which is a lot.
A judge ruled that the lawyer’s actions could be considered battery of a witness.