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Meet Penn State’s Trickster: The Mad Capper

You’ve probably met a few class clowns in your day. A guy with the corny pick-up lines and the cheesy jokes is almost guaranteed to be in every high school in the country. But the class clowns don’t stop once they get to college; you’ve probably even met a few practical jokers here at Penn State. However, have you had the pleasure of meeting Penn State’s one and only, “Mad Capper?” No? Allow us to formally introduce you.

The Mad Capper is a student here at Penn State. He recently transferred from community college to University Park last fall. He studies economics, loves to hang out with friends, and overall comes across as a pretty normal guy — but wait, he has a secret. Though last fall was his first semester here, he wasted no time in taking this campus by storm.

The Mad Capper (who prefers to remain anonymous) is a total trickster. He enjoys racing up to strangers all over campus and slyly taking selfies with them. He is known for wearing a baseball cap, but not just any baseball cap. This hat has a slip, which is perfect for holding notecards. The Mad Capper uses this nifty little pocket to caption his selfies in, uh, some interesting ways. Just take a look at some of his most successful Instagram posts.  

That’s how it’s post to be #cappedem #groceries #madcapper #pennstate #statecollege #psu

A photo posted by The Mad Capper (@the_madcapper) on

@jenselter as long as I have a face, you have a place to sit. #cappedem

A photo posted by The Mad Capper (@the_madcapper) on

As you have probably guessed, these victims are completely and blissfully unaware of what the Capper’s hat says. However, he explained to me that there are instances where his victims realize what he’s doing.”One girl read my hat that said ‘She banged Hackenberg and I watched.’ She said, “Wait who’s Hackenberg?!” The Mad Capper said. “She later ended up laughing and thinking it was funny, even though she had no idea who he was.”

What sparked the inspiration for this campus trickster? It all started when this Penn State student decided to walk into his Calculus final with a hat that read “Fuck Calculus.”

“I hate calculus. So I thought, why not?!” he said. The Mad Capper received great responses from his hat. Fellow students acknowledged the message,  nodding and laughing. “The hat was such a great success in my calculus class, so I thought why not wear it at football games too?” he said.

The Mad Capper then broadened his horizons and started wearing hats labeled “Fuck Northwestern” and “Fuck Akron” at the home football games. His labeled hats received tons of compliments and attention, firing up the Penn State fans. “It really hyped everyone up, especially at the games,” said the Capper.

The Capper told me that he has always enjoyed being a class clown. He is comfortable reaching out to people, and describes himself as outgoing. “This year I really want to post more on The Mad Capper instagram,” he said. “I definitely want to get more creative and more strategic this semester.”

When I asked The Capper what ideas he had for this year, he shook his head solemnly. “I have loads of ideas for this semester and they are all hilarious. However, I can’t let you know them,” he said. “That will ruin the surprise.”

About the Author

Carolyn Popescu

Current senior studying Advertising and Visual Arts, Carolyn has a passion for entertainment and music. She also loves photography, film, graphic design, social media, and all things in between. She's the current Sony Music Marketing Representative for State College, so be sure to reach out to her with any local music scene questions, ideas, proposals, or if you just need someone to geek out about music with.

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