This prank is proof that any professorial-looking man with a bald head and khakis can walk to the front of a freshman chemistry class on the first day of college and have his way with the ignorant newcomers for as long as his gravitas will carry him. Or until the real professor walks in.
The prank, in which the impostor scares a classroom full of incoming freshmen with threats of failure and confiscated electronic devices (the horror!), was executed at the University of Rochester by comedy group The Chamber Boys on the first day of school last year.
The clip made such a splash that the school eventually released a video about the real Professor H — Ben Hafensteiner — who was apparently in on the prank: