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

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

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)