18/02/2014 11:41 GMT | Updated 18/02/2014 11:59 GMT

Olympic Torch Prank In New York City Is Funny - And Surprisingly Touching (VIDEO)

Those japesters at Improv Everywhere are at it again! This time, they're fooling the people of New York into thinking that the Olympic torch is coming through their city - and they need a little help carrying it.

The resulting video is utterly delightful and really rather heartwarming - as each passer-by who agrees to take part becomes, for just a minute, "an American hero".

And who can blame them for falling for the charade (or possibly just going along with it)? Stranger things have happened, after all - like the Tour De France taking place in Yorkshire...

(Via Viral Viral Videos)