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Man's Apartment Encased in Aluminum Foil
AP ^ | Thu, Jan 08, 2004

Posted on 01/08/2004 7:59:24 AM PST by presidio9

OLYMPIA - What kind of friends coat your apartment — and nearly everything in it — with tinfoil while you're away? Here's a hint: One of the only objects that escaped the shiny treatment was a book titled "Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends."

Chris Kirk found his downtown Olympia apartment encased in aluminum foil when he returned home Monday night from a trip to Los Angeles.

The walls, ceiling, cabinets and everything in between shimmered, after the prank orchestrated by Kirk's longtime friend, Luke Trerice, 26, who was staying in the apartment while Kirk was away.

"He's known for large-scale strangeness," Kirk, 33, told The Olympian. "He warned me that he would be able to touch my stuff, but it didn't sound so bad."

Trerice, who lives in Las Vegas, and a small group of friends draped the apartment with about 4,000 square feet of aluminum foil, which cost about $100.

Not surprisingly, the idea was hatched on New Year's Eve.

"It was just a spur of the moment thing," Trerice said. "I really don't even consider it art. I consider it a psychology project. ... He seems to be upbeat, so I consider this a success. "

No detail was too small or too time-consuming. The toilet paper was unrolled, wrapped in foil, then rolled back up again. The friends covered Kirk's book and compact disc collections but made sure each CD case could open and shut normally. They even used foil on each coin in Kirk's spare change.

And to sweeten the theme, they left silver Hershey's kisses sprinkled throughout the apartment.

"The toilet was hard. The molding around the doorways took a very long time," Trerice said.

Aside from "Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends," which doesn't include this particular trick, only a portrait of his girlfriend, the bed and a bath mat were left unfoiled.

"He took special pains not to move anything," Kirk said.

A foil-encased picture hanging outside his apartment was Kirk's first clue that something inside was amiss.

"I heard him open the door and gasp and start laughing," said Beth Kelly, who lives in an apartment down the hall. "I love the quarters. It's almost more funny realizing the things that were left unwrapped."

Andras Jones, who lives on the same floor, became curious about what was transpiring in Kirk's apartment as he noticed "a parade of strange characters" going in and out.

Since Kirk's return the entire building has been buzzing about the transformation, Jones said.

"There's a party atmosphere down by the room," Jones said. "Of course, everyone has their favorite part. I think the kitchen is just amazing."

Kirk's awestruck neighbors and friends kept him up until late Monday night. He hasn't started unpacking his belongings and isn't sure when he will. "

"As I was trying to sleep last night, I realized that, actually, it's creepy," Kirk said.

And as for whether Trerice will ever be allowed to stay again at the apartment unsupervised, Kirk said: "I don't know. We'll see."

But Trerice hopes Kirk will find a way to get him back.

"I'm going to be insulted if he doesn't try," Trerice said. "It's kind of a challenge."


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1 posted on 01/08/2004 7:59:25 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9
Pictures. We want pictures...
2 posted on 01/08/2004 8:02:02 AM PST by null and void (One hand giveth, the other taketh away...)
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3 posted on 01/08/2004 8:02:16 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Happy New Year)
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To: mhking
WTF?
4 posted on 01/08/2004 8:02:44 AM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: null and void
Yes that would be great to see photos. What a joke. What a job! They really must be good friends because you wouldn't spend that kind of time on someone you didn't care about. It's fun and glad they can enjoy things like this in todays troubled world. Good for them. Hope they DO show photos now. :)))
5 posted on 01/08/2004 8:05:06 AM PST by cubreporter
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To: presidio9
I bet the guy posts on DU
6 posted on 01/08/2004 8:06:44 AM PST by sticker
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To: Petronski
Sounds like my place, the only place on earth the alien transmissions can't reach.
7 posted on 01/08/2004 8:06:50 AM PST by steve8714
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To: presidio9
Gives new meaning to the "tinfoil alert".
8 posted on 01/08/2004 8:08:49 AM PST by sarasota
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To: presidio9
No detail was too small or too time-consuming. The toilet paper was unrolled, wrapped in foil, then rolled back up again. The friends covered Kirk's book and compact disc collections but made sure each CD case could open and shut normally. They even used foil on each coin in Kirk's spare change.

Sounds to me like someone has too much free time on his hands.

9 posted on 01/08/2004 8:12:20 AM PST by Born Conservative ("Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names" - John F. Kennedy)
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To: presidio9

10 posted on 01/08/2004 8:13:27 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: presidio9
A practical joker deserves applause for his wit according to its quality. Bastinado is about right. For exceptional wit one might grant keelhauling. But staking out on an anthill should be reserved for the very wittiest.

LAZARUS LONG



11 posted on 01/08/2004 8:13:43 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (A little knowledge is dangerous.-- I live dangerously::))
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To: presidio9
Friends foil Olympia man's home
Downtown resident returns from trip to find belongings silver-coated

Chris Kirk laughs while walking through the front room of his apartment, which his friend, Luke Trerice, decked in aluminum foil. Kirk had gone out of town and let Trerice use the apartment, giving Trerice the opportunity for the practical joke.
Steve Bloom/The Olympian
Steve Bloom/The Olympian
A lone unfoiled book with a pointed message sits in Chris Kirk's bookcase. The title of the book is "Penn & Teller's Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends."

With every appliance still useable, the kitchen in Chris Kirk's apartment is enveloped in aluminum foil.
Photos by Steve Bloom/The Olympian
Photos by Steve Bloom/The Olympian
 
©2003 The Olympian

12 posted on 01/08/2004 8:14:16 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (http://c-pol.com)
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To: presidio9
Curses! Foiled again!
13 posted on 01/08/2004 8:16:06 AM PST by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: Diogenesis

Thankyou. I had been looking for this photo ever since I posted the article.

14 posted on 01/08/2004 8:16:53 AM PST by presidio9 (a new birth of Freedom)
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To: presidio9; Charles Henrickson; Tijeras_Slim
This sounds like a case for Rin Tin Tinfoil.
15 posted on 01/08/2004 8:20:06 AM PST by martin_fierro (Any musical with a PBY-5 Catalina in it can't be all bad.)
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To: presidio9
We now know where Michael Rivero lives.
16 posted on 01/08/2004 8:21:47 AM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: null and void
Here's Pictures
17 posted on 01/08/2004 8:39:49 AM PST by Armed Civilian ("Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.")
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To: presidio9
Cool...funny...but man, I wish I had that kind of time on my hands....
18 posted on 01/08/2004 8:42:01 AM PST by ContemptofCourt
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

19 posted on 01/08/2004 8:46:26 AM PST by mhking (Maldición justa.)
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To: Diogenesis
Hansel & Gretel 2004 bump.
20 posted on 01/08/2004 8:50:37 AM PST by irgbar-man (Why don't aardvarks get sick?)
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To: presidio9
The guy MUST be a freeper... :)
21 posted on 01/08/2004 8:50:55 AM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: presidio9
I love practical jokes of this magnitude.
22 posted on 01/08/2004 8:56:00 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (© 2003, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: Petronski
It's my understanding that howie dean lives there.
23 posted on 01/08/2004 9:09:01 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
We now know where Michael Rivero lives.

What's he complaining about? He could sell his place to Rivero or Art Bell for a fortune.

24 posted on 01/08/2004 9:21:25 AM PST by xJones
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To: presidio9
Oh, that is so funny! Sounds like something our little band o' friends would do!
25 posted on 01/08/2004 10:13:46 AM PST by kimmie7 (Chuck a chunk of change to FR today!)
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To: presidio9
The big question is - Did the wrap his CHEESE in foil?
26 posted on 01/08/2004 10:43:52 AM PST by b4its2late (The Lord made man before woman to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.)
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To: presidio9
The big question is - Did they wrap his CHEESE in foil?
27 posted on 01/08/2004 10:44:09 AM PST by b4its2late (The Lord made man before woman to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.)
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To: presidio9
BWA-hahahahaha!

This is priceless. Note to self: Contact the "Trading Spaces" producers...
28 posted on 01/08/2004 10:46:14 AM PST by bootless (Never Forget)
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To: b4its2late
Did the wrap his CHEESE in foil?

There's a "moose line" here somewhere.

29 posted on 01/08/2004 10:47:33 AM PST by chesty_puller
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To: chesty_puller
There's a "moose line" here somewhere.

Not this time, it's møøsing in action...

30 posted on 01/08/2004 10:49:45 AM PST by null and void (One hand giveth, the other taketh away...)
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To: null and void
Similar to a prank some co-workers and I pulled on another co-worker who was out one day.

He took a Friday off to go to Florida for the Florida - Georgia game this year. He is a Georgia fan. We papered his cube, covering everything with plain white paper from the printer. Floor, walls, chair, desk, pens, etc. Dont ask why, we dont know either.

But we didnt stop there. We then filled his cube with orange and blue balloons (Florida colors). It was made so much sweeter that Florida won the game. So he was welcomed back to the office on Monday to a cube papered white and filled with balloons.

I've got pictures. I'll work on putting them up.
31 posted on 01/08/2004 11:02:33 AM PST by Tatze (Give Pizza Chants!)
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To: presidio9
This must be the cover story

Now we know where they get the tin-foil hats...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/999762/posts

Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie
http://zapatopi.net/afdb.html
32 posted on 01/08/2004 11:03:46 AM PST by quietolong
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To: quietolong
This must be the cover story

*groan*

33 posted on 01/08/2004 11:12:14 AM PST by null and void (One hand giveth, the other taketh away...)
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To: Born Conservative
Sounds to me like someone has too much free time on his hands.

Stupid is as stupid does.

34 posted on 01/08/2004 11:12:55 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: presidio9

35 posted on 01/08/2004 11:21:48 AM PST by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: Tatze
Not tin foil, and on a much smaller scale, but a similar prank.

36 posted on 01/08/2004 11:29:01 AM PST by Tatze (Give Pizza Chants!)
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To: presidio9
Well, Mr. Kirk definitely knows there are people who care about him...
37 posted on 01/08/2004 3:26:12 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Strong enough for a man who wants to be a woman, but made for a woman who used to be a man)
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To: chesty_puller
A møøse bit my sister.
38 posted on 01/08/2004 3:31:25 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Strong enough for a man who wants to be a woman, but made for a woman who used to be a man)
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To: b4its2late
The Muttly question is....

...did they wrap his Tinfoil in tinfoil...?!



(if the Cheese is GONE, it irrefutably PROVES moose predation)
39 posted on 01/08/2004 3:35:22 PM PST by PoorMuttly ("Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in." -- Twain)
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To: presidio9
At least no aliens are gonna zap him with gamma rays.
40 posted on 01/08/2004 4:14:19 PM PST by theyibby
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To: amom; Alamo-Girl; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Ragtime Cowgirl; TruthNtegrity; Dubya; SAMWolf; ...
ROFL!!

Thought you might enjoy seeing a very classy joke!
41 posted on 01/08/2004 4:32:13 PM PST by TEXOKIE (Hold fast what thou hast received!)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Me too. We did the exact same thing to a guy at work's cubicle with newspaper. Every square inch was covered, but the drawers to his desk still worked as did his computer. We even carpeted the floor with newspaper.
42 posted on 01/08/2004 4:41:54 PM PST by cincinnati65
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To: cincinnati65
Thread from a couple of years ago: Practical Jokes and Pranks
43 posted on 01/08/2004 5:13:40 PM PST by Rebelbase (Lost tagline.)
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To: presidio9
The practical joke isn't over yet. They sublet his apartment to the Kucinich campaign.
44 posted on 01/08/2004 5:45:53 PM PST by Alouette (Proud parent of an IDF recruit!)
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To: TEXOKIE

Thanks for the ping..what a hoot!
45 posted on 01/08/2004 6:34:12 PM PST by amom
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To: TEXOKIE
Thanks for the ping TEXOKIE.
46 posted on 01/08/2004 7:49:37 PM PST by fatima (Karen leaves 6AM tom for Iraq 4ID-Prayers for my granddaughter please.Thank you.)
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To: TEXOKIE
LOLOL! Thanks for the chuckle!
47 posted on 01/08/2004 8:47:16 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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now they can make one of these


48 posted on 01/08/2004 8:54:34 PM PST by knak (wasknaknowknid)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Aaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahaha this gives me an idea ;0)
49 posted on 01/08/2004 10:07:02 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks (What am I rebelling against? Well, what do ya got?)
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Uh oh. Now I have a very bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. ; )
50 posted on 01/08/2004 10:36:15 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (GO PACKERS!)
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