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Concrete Soccer Ball Prank
Status: Prank
I probably shouldn't be amused by this. After all, it could cause someone to really damage their toes:
TWO people in Berlin are nursing bruised toes after kicking footballs that have been filled with CONCRETE. German cops are hunting the prankster who has been filling the balls with cement and leaving them around Berlin along with signs saying: "Can you kick it?" Six of the concrete stuffed footballs have been found so far, all chained to fences. A police spokesman said: "So far two young men, a 21-year-old and a 23-year-old, have been treated for injuries to their feet after kicking the footballs. We think they could have been left by someone who is sick of the World Cup and are investigating the matter as the balls seem to be deliberately designed to injure."

Categories: Pranks, Sports
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jul 05, 2006
Comments (9)
As I was saying here the other day, schools need to introduce a required course on the difference between a funny prank and a criminal assault.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Enron, Texas  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  12:11 PM
Um, a ball, chained to a fence with a sign reading "Can you kick it?" ..... If I put a sign on top of a three story building that says "Can you jump?" we would have the same common sense issue.
Posted by Legbo  in  Tennessee  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  01:30 PM
Germans were always renowned for their booby traps...
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  06:58 PM
So Alex, you probably shouldn't be amused, but let me guess, you actually were? wink
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  07:26 PM
and they have been caught....

http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/5759838?FSO1&ATT=HMA>1=8393
Posted by Absolut  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  10:32 PM
I fell for a very similar prank in my early childhood. Some guys filled a soccer ball with rocks and left it in the street. No sign was attached to the ball--but I needed none to kick the hell out of it. Ouch! No long-term damage though.
Posted by Gutza  on  Thu Jul 06, 2006  at  05:06 AM
It's only funny till someone gets hurt, THEN IT'S HILARIOUS!!! LOL
Posted by Christopher  in  Joplin, Missouri  on  Thu Jul 06, 2006  at  07:19 AM
booby Traps For Booby Troops!
Nuff Said
Posted by Mongoose  in  St. Thomas Ontario Canada  on  Fri Jul 07, 2006  at  10:14 AM
It sounds like a variation on the old prank of hiding a brick under a hat in the road and waiting for people to kick it as they walked along.
Posted by cthelmax  in  England  on  Mon Jul 10, 2006  at  01:45 PM
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