In case you didn't know, electrical systems don't generally need "fluid" in order to operate. In fact, fluid would probably detrimental to systems like, say, a turn signal. However, this might not be as obvious as it seems to anyone who doesn't have automotive experience. One father took advantage of this fact when he sent his daughters into an auto parts store to buy a bottle of "blinker fluid," something that doesn't actually exist.
Luckily, everyone involved seemed to enjoy the practical joke. And, if you're wondering how you can recreate or expand upon this hilarity, you're in the right place -- we have a few ideas of our own. You may have heard of muffler bearings (another completely made-up product), now get to know the joy that blinker fluid can bring.
What Is Blinker Fluid?
Literally nothing. It's not a real thing. Neither is tail light or headlight fluid. Which is what makes this video so fantastic. Much like the muffler bearings of days-gone-by, blinker fluid is something someone (probably a dad) made up to embarrass their friends and family. Since most people have caught on to the idea of muffler bearings, we are happy to see a new fake product filling the void left by the non-existent product.
The Blinker Fluid Prank
If you're looking to take the blinker fluid prank to the next level, sites like Amazon have blinker fluid in stock as a funny gag gift, and you can tell your daughter or son to refill the car like any other easy DIY maintenance task. Make sure they don't forget the elbow grease. Bonus points if you find a way to keep them off Google or YouTube -- maybe now is a good time to ground them in preparation.
Or, just download this high-quality, convenient coupon to really sell your whole family, or gullible friends, on the existence of the blinker fluid. Either way, you'll have a great memory to look back on, and hopefully teach any non-gearheads in your life the value of a little good old fashioned embarrassment. Even better, at this point, most auto parts stores and auto mechanics have caught onto the viral "blinker fluid" sensation. Which means they might play along for a while before letting your victim know that they have been bamboozled.
This post was originally published on November 4, 2019.