Smart Car image via KRON4.com

You know the sinking feeling of walking outside to find a parking ticket on your windshield? Now imagine the way you’d feel to walk outside and see your car looking like this:

That’s what happened to some Smart Cars owners yesterday in San Francisco, where a car tipping mini-spree took place Sunday night.

A vivid description of the scene came from Brandon Michael, who was enjoying a cigarette nearby when it all went down.

“They look like they are dachshunds sitting up on their hind legs," he told NBC Bay Area.

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Very accurate.

Mysteries remain in the case of the Smart Car vandalism; the incidents happened in four different areas, raising the question of whether or not they were random acts of misguided aggression or whether they were part of a coordinated take-down of tiny cars.

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Smart Car tipping could be the latest in a long line of trendy pranks, most of which are equally bizarre. Here are some of Smart Tipping’s forebears, both real and urban-legendary:

Stereotypical Farmer Pranks: Cow Tipping

The Toronto Star called this whole car tipping thing all the way back in 2009, when they dubbed it the “21st-century take” on cow tipping.

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Cow tipping refers to the practice of drunk rural frat boys wandering out to the field and tipping over a sleeping cow.

But wait, because cow tipping prank is an urban legend disproved by science and diagrams.

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Diagram adapted from Popular Mechanics, using the work of Dr. Margo Lillie and Tracy Boecher. Photo: JAKE SWEARINGEN/MODERN FARMER

Also note: cow tipping is not the same as cow chip tossing. The latter involves competitively tossing dried piles of cow excrement. They’re often tossed like Frisbees.

Good-Clean-Fun: Senior Pranks

These are typically harmless. They can range from sleeping on the tennis courts (rebellious) to bouncing balls down the hallway(fun) to releasing adorable turtles into the school pool:

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Complex Viral Pranks: Improv Everywhere

Improv Everywhere, a group of urban pranksters whose slogan is “We Make Scenes,” ushered in a brand new kind of prank. Referred to as “missions,” their pranks aim to cause both chaos and joy. The missions usually involve a large group of people in highly planned scenarios.

No Pants Subway Ride and Food Court Musical are a viral classics.

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Theatrical Pranks: Flash Mobs

Flash mobs are a relatively new phenomenon which entails a large group of people gathering in a public place to pull some entertaining hi-jinks. We know exactly when the first one happened - give or take 10 minutes - thanks to academia. According to The Fibreculture Journal, the very first flash mob happened in "Manhattan, New York, between 7:27 pm and 7:37 pm on June 17, 2003." File that information away for later use.

Here's one where a bunch of flash mobbers sing Hallelujah in a mall.

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Cruel Vandalism Pranks Accepted By Society: Mischief Night

This category is most similar to the Car Tipping phenomenon. These pranks are somehow accepted as generally entertaining, but basically just hard-core vandalism that ruins peoples' days. Think: toilet papering trees, egging houses and putting things in peoples' gas tanks.

Nice work here, guys.

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While it remains to be seen whether Smart Car Tipping will enter into the canon of pranks, one thing is certain: tipped over Smart Cars look like dachshunds.

Alexandra DiPalma is a producer for Fusion Lightworks, Fusion’s In-house Branded Content Agency.