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Category: Pranks
Worlds busiest hoax caller
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 04, 2003
I would say that this kid has issues. He's been charged with making thousands of hoax phone calls to emergency services in Scotland. 3000 alone just in the past few weeks, and thousands more during previous months. In one day alone he made over 300 calls. And he's only twelve. I guess PlayStation doesn't do it for him.
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Student Prank Goes Bad
Posted by The Curator on Sun Nov 02, 2003
I'm making a mental note to myself: the next time I'm at a party in China, I won't strap fake genitals to myself, dance obscenely, and throw scraps of papers pulled from my underwear at the audience. Three Japanese students attending school in China made the mistake of doing this and have sparked massive anti-Japanese demonstrations throughout the country.
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Urine Prank
Posted by The Curator on Thu Oct 16, 2003
Two aides at a nursing home pull the old urine-in-a-sports-drink prank and discover the victim isn't amused when she discovers what she drank.
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Polite Practical Jokers
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 30, 2003
A columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer complains that modern practical jokes just aren't funny any more because they're too well-mannered and polite. In particular he's talking about flash mobs... the new fad (which is already old) in which crowds suddenly appear somewhere, having arranged to meet via text-messaging or email, do something nonsensical, and then disappear. I agree about the lameness of flash mobs. He also gives David Blaine's newest stunt a thumbs down. I'd have to agree again.
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Practical Joke Six Years in the Making
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 23, 2003
Perry Caravello wanted to be an actor, and his friends told him he would be. In fact, they signed him up to play the leading role in a film they were making, Windy City Heat. Unfortunately for Perry, they weren't actually shooting a movie. They were just stringing him along, trying to figure out how long they could keep him believing that they were making a movie. He kept believing, for six long years, bolstered by an unshakeable faith in his own Star Power. Even though the friends weren't shooting a movie, they did shoot footage of the entire practical joke, which has now resulted in a documentary on Comedy Central titled, appropriately enough, Windy City Heat.
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Crocodile Warning
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 06, 2003
Croydon residents can rest easy. Signs alerting them to the danger of a crocodile inhabiting a local pond were just a prank.
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Old School Hoax
Posted by The Curator on Fri Aug 01, 2003
Inspired by the movie Old School, a bunch of teenagers fake a kidnapping outside of a Wal-Mart. Succeed in terrifying the watching crowd.
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The Life and Death of Eric Gordon
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 16, 2003
Here's an amusing account of a Harvard grad named Eric Gordon who faked his own death in order to try to get removed from Harvard's obnoxious alumni mailing list. Harvard actually published an obituary for Eric, but then had to retract it later.
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Classes Cancelled for Green Beer Day
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 26, 2003
Check out the website of Ben Field. Ben is a student at Miami University in Ohio. Every year the students there celebrate Green Beer Day (a celebration not sanctioned by the university) by drinking green beer in bars all day. This year Ben got the clever idea of sending out an email to all 31,000 students, disguised to make it appear that it was coming from the university president, declaring that classes were cancelled for Green Beer Day. Needless to say, the university was not amused. Now Ben has to reimburse his parents $9000 in legal fees that they covered for him. So Ben created a website to tell his story and solicit donations from the public to help…
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Beer for the Homeless, More Info
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jun 20, 2003
More from Gary Poole, a spokesperson for Beer for the Homeless: "It was originally intended as an internet satire, but very quickly took on a life of it's own when people really did start donating money. The group that does it even had to hire an accountant to keep up with taxes and such. They'll be featured in an upcoming issue of FHM Magazine, in fact."
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Beer for the Homeless Response
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jun 19, 2003
A few weeks ago I linked to a site called Beer for the Homeless, which I suspected of being a hoax. After all, it reminded me of the classic Arm the Homeless campaign, which was definitely a hoax. Turns out my suspicions were wrong. I just got this note from a spokesperson for the site: Just as a note, the "Beer For The Homeless" website is indeed NOT a hoax. It's a real site that really uses the money raised to buy and deliver beer to homeless people living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of our talk show hosts is the one who came up with the idea and really has made a beer run -…
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High-School Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 18, 2003
High-school seniors superglue the locks on their teachers' doors. The teachers are not amused. In other senior prank news, piglets are released in a school the day of the senior barbeque.
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Cow Tipping
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jun 02, 2003
The Mustang Daily recently analyzed the reality of the art of cow tipping.
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Prank Flyers
Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 18, 2002
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Abduction prank
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 26, 2002
A high school sociology assignment goes a little too far when students stage a fake abduction.
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