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February 2009
The Idaho Statesman has an article about nineteenth-century prankster George Washington Stilts, who was a native of Boise. Apparently he was the leader of a group that called itself the "Hornique-qui-bri-niques." This was usually shortened to "Hornies" or "Horrible Hornies." This group was known for painting their faces and dressing up in costumes on July 4th, then parading through the city streets, after which they would go on a three-day bender until they had to be carried home. The article relates one of his pranks:

When Stilts was summoned for jury duty before a judge who did not know him, he feigned total deafness until the judge excused him... Of the 200 people present, at least 199 knew that Stilts was no more deaf than the judge. They were speechless at the impudence of the action. When Stilts left the courtroom, the spectators "roared with delight."
Categories: Pranks
Posted by Alex on Tue Feb 03, 2009
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The University of British Columbia students given the responsibility for pulling off their traditional prank of hanging a Volkswagen bug from a bridge screwed it up this year. The cabling they were using broke, and the bug fell into the water below. Kids these days! Can't they even pull off a prank properly! Link: Vancouver Sun.
Categories: Pranks
Posted by Alex on Tue Feb 03, 2009
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A new study published in Psychological Science reveals that women are far more skilled at faking romantic interest than men. The experiment involved a speed-dating session. Observers were asked to guess how the men and women felt about each other. Turns out it was easy to guess how the men felt, but no one had a clue how the women felt. The researchers could have simply asked any average guy who would have told them that, most of the time, we have no clue what women are thinking. That's the feminine mystique. Link: Chicago Tribune.
Categories: Psychology, Science, Sex/Romance
Posted by Alex on Tue Feb 03, 2009
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