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  • Cochran Gears Up for Final Campaign Push

    06/14/2014 11:54:00 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2014 | John Semmens
    Surprised that he is facing a run-off against State Senator Chris McDaniel to represent Mississippi in the US Senate, sitting Senator Thad Cochran (R) made an odd bid to corner the bestiality and animal cruelty vote. With a knowing wink to his Pine Bluff audience, Cochran boasted that he'd done "all kinds of indecent things with animals" growing up in rural Mississippi. Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell downplayed Cochran's comments contending that they were "the sorts of antics that many boys and young men engage in as youths. Let's face it, rural Mississippi is just plain boring. Who can blame...
  • Watch: Son Pranks Dad by Telling Him Girlfriend Is Pregnant

    05/31/2014 4:21:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Gulf News ^ | May 20, 2014 | Gareth Butler
    Father angrily kicks and punches his son before being told it was all a jokeHe thought it was just a bit of fun and expected it to end in smiles. But Delhi student Prateek Verma got much more than he bargained for when he told his dad his girlfriend was pregnant — and filmed it. Sunder Verma reacted angrily, punching, kicking and slapping his clearly shocked son. But he wasn't shocked enough to stop him uploading the clip to YouTube, via his SocioCatastropheTV account. Prateek starts by explaining the prank to his audience as he waits for his father to...
  • Got any good April Fools Jokes?

    04/01/2014 5:24:05 AM PDT · by Gefn · 76 replies
    Me | April 1, 2014 | Me
    So far I've been pranked by Netflix and Google. I'm on the lookout for some more April Fools in the news.
  • Utah Beauty Queen Accused of Throwing Bombs Resigns Title

    08/15/2013 9:51:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed, Aug 14 2013 | Laura Zuckerman
    Utah beauty queen accused of throwing bombs resigns title A Utah beauty queen accused along with three friends of throwing homemade bombs in a Salt Lake City suburb resigned her Miss Riverton title on Tuesday, according to a statement posted on the city's website. In the statement, city officials said they had been informed by the director of the Miss Riverton Pageant that Kendra Gill, 18, had resigned her position effective that day. "Prior to the alleged incidents of August 2, 2013, Kendra had done a good job during the short time she served as Miss Riverton," the statement said....
  • On April 1 in 1957: BBC fools the nation. (video)

    04/01/2013 3:31:55 AM PDT · by golux · 16 replies
    BBC Archives ^ | April 1 1957 | Staff / Archive
    The BBC has received a mixed reaction to a spoof documentary broadcast this evening about spaghetti crops in Switzerland. The hoax Panorama programme, narrated by distinguished broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, featured a family from Ticino in Switzerland carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest. It showed women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry. But some viewers failed to see the funny side of the broadcast and criticised the BBC for airing the item on what is supposed to be a serious factual programme. Others, however, were so intrigued they wanted to find...
  • 'Gallon Smashing' Comes to the North Shore — The Stupidest Teen Prank Ever?

    03/06/2013 10:09:01 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 49 replies
    Danvers (MA) Patch ^ | 3/6/13 | Chris Helms
    Four girls went "gallon smashing" at the Shaw's in Salem in Monday. How do you rate this in the annals of stupid teen pranks? (with video--which was not filmed at that market) In an evolutionary sense, we owe a lot to the adolescents of the species. The unnecessary risks they take helped our ancestors learn important lessons — like which plants were poisonous. But Monday in Salem there was an example of juvenile behavior for which I'm hard pressed to see the advantage. "Gallon smashing" is, well, just take a look at the YouTube video attached to this post. People...
  • LAPD storms Clint Eastwood’s home after prank emergency call

    Tough guy Clint Eastwood has joined the ranks of Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus and many other celebs as the latest victim of a prank known as “swatting.” A law enforcement source told TMZ that a 911 call sent multiple units rushing to Eastwood’s Los Angeles home this week. The prank call reported that multiple males armed with assault weapons were inside the actor’s home and people had been shot.
  • Workplace pranks?

    01/27/2013 9:19:58 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 104 replies
    Vanity | 1-27-2013 | MtnClimber
    I once took a coworkers phone apart and swapped the wires for column 1 and 2. He could still dial 9 for an outside line, but all calls with most numbers went to wrong numbers. Also super glued a full cup of coffee on his desk. One that did not work on me....I left my office and my office mate thought I went to the bathroom and thought I was in a stall. He soaked a hand full of paper towels and threw them over the door and splat onto "my" head. He was laughing when he ran into the...
  • Senior Pranks Cost Brentwood High School Students Their Graduation

    06/05/2012 3:20:32 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 34 replies
    KCBS-5 San Francisco ^ | 6/5/12 | Dave Padilla
    BRENTWOOD (KCBS) — More than two-dozen high school seniors at Heritage High School in Brentwood were suspended for a prank the principal says “crossed the line.” The mass suspension includes barring students from walking with their graduating class at commencement in addition to not being able to take their final exams. At least 25 students have been identified so far, but the investigation continues. Some students said they need to take finals in order to earn their diploma. “We knew we’d get in a little bit of trouble, we didn’t think we’d get suspended for five days and not walk,”...
  • Breaking: Romney apologizes for high-school pranks

    05/10/2012 8:50:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 183 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/10/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Thankfully, our long national nightmare is over: Mitt Romney apologized on Thursday morning for pranks he helped orchestrate in high school that he said “might have gone too far,” including an incident in which he pinned down a fellow student and cut his hair.The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was responding to an article published a few hours earlier by The Washington Post documenting the episode with first-hand accounts from Romney’s classmates.“Back in high school, I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that,” Romney said in a live radio interview...
  • Milwaukee Mother Shoots Son During Prank

    02/05/2010 6:09:05 AM PST · by One_Upmanship · 86 replies · 1,632+ views
    WTMJ News ^ | Feb 5, 2010 | The WTMJ News Team
    MILWAUKEE - A prank turns to terror on Milwaukee's north side. It happened when a 21-year-old man thought it would be funny to scare his mother when she got home from shopping Thursday night. He put on a ski mask, confronted her behind their home and pretended to rob her. That's when she pulled out a .357 revolver and fired several times. Her son was hit at least twice by bullets, one of them to the groin. He is in the hospital this morning, but there is no word on his condition. Officials say they discovered two guns on the...
  • 'Happy-splashing' driver facing charges for YouTube prank

    10/18/2009 5:06:31 AM PDT · by tlb · 44 replies · 2,181+ views
    Asylum ^ | Oct 14th 2009 | Simon Crisp
    The art of driving through a puddle and splashing pedestrians is nothing new -- we're sure mammoths were running through puddles at high speed to splash cavemen even before the invention of the wheel -- but filming it and posting it to YouTube is. Well now drivers have been warned they could face criminal charges for carrying out a drive-by-drenching. Kerry Callard, 29, was recently caught after soaking a group of kids at a bus stop in Plymouth, Devon, and uploading the footage to the web. The clip, called 'drowning school kids' was filmed by her partner who provided a...
  • Telephone Terrorists Outed

    08/05/2009 9:49:37 AM PDT · by Z80_Inside · 10 replies · 698+ views
    AUGUST 4--At 4:15 AM on a recent Tuesday, on a quiet, darkened street in Windsor, Ontario, a man was wrapping up another long day tormenting and terrorizing strangers on the telephone.
  • Our teacher's been abducted by aliens! Pupils terrified as UFO stunt backfires.

    07/17/2009 11:06:15 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 939+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 17, 2009 | Paul Sims
    It was supposed to inspire pupils to write more creatively. But the arrival of a UFO at Southway Junior School also inspired something rather different - terror. Some of the seven to 11-year-olds were left in tears after a spaceship apparently crash-landed and a teacher was abducted by aliens. To make it look realistic, the school obtained sirens and flashing lights from the police and littered the grounds with debris from the 'spaceship'.
  • 10 Most Hilarious April Fool’s Pranks (by Companies)

    04/01/2009 10:03:15 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 9 replies · 1,045+ views
    Now That's Nifty ^ | 04 01 09 | Nick
    10. Tesco’s Whistling Carrots In 2002, Tesco ran a fake newspaper ad announcing the ‘whistling carrot,’ a carrot genetically modified to contain airholes on each side that caused the carrot to whistle when it finished cooking. 9. Lebanon Circle Magik Co.’s Mummified Fairy Lebanon Circle Magik Co., a studio specializing in sculptures and curios, posted a picture of what appeared to be a mummified fairy on its homepage in 2007. The site explained that the fairy had been found by pedestrian in rural Derbyshire, leading to an explosion of online speculation about whether the fairy was real. Even after owner...
  • Teenager paints giant phallus on roof of parents' home

    03/24/2009 9:42:17 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 75 replies · 7,695+ views
    dailymail ^ | 24th March 2009
    A teenager inspired by an ancient fertility symbol has painted a 60ft-long phallus on the new roof of his parents £1million house. Rory McInnes, 18, decided to give aerial observers an eyeful, with the aid of a tin of white paint, after watching a documentary on Google Earth. But the imposing member remained a closely-guarded secret for a year before it was 'discovered' by a helicopter pilot flying over the area, who let his passengers take photos. Fortunately for Rory, he was already safely on the other side of the world when his parents found out, on a gap-year in...
  • Hackers Crack Into Texas Road Sign, Warn of Zombies Ahead

    01/28/2009 10:29:13 AM PST · by Domandred · 1,989 replies · 16,757+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/28/2008 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Transportation officials in Texas are scrambling to prevent hackers from changing messages on digital road signs after one sign in Austin was altered to read, "Zombies Ahead." Chris Lippincott, director of media relations for the Texas Department of Transportation, confirmed that a portable traffic sign at Lamar Boulevard and West 15th Street, near the University of Texas at Austin, was hacked into during the early hours of Jan. 19. "It was clever, kind of cute, but not what it was intended for," said Lippincott, who saw the sign during his morning commute. "Those signs are deployed for a reason —...
  • Commissioners Seek To Ban April Fools Pranks

    04/06/2008 10:06:13 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 8 replies · 152+ views
    lhvc.com ^ | 04/06/08 | Donna Curry
    In a stealthy flurry of legal mumbo-jumbo, the Boulder County Commissioners have launched a proposal that would ban any April Fools jokes targeted at the “general Boulder County public,” including residents, visitors and employees within county limits. “If there was a way, we’d ban all statewide pranks, but we don’t have that authority,” Commissioner Will Tour said. “We had to settle for county-wide bans, but that should put a stop to them.” When pressed, Tour said that “them” referred to a certain monthly newspaper that had been a thorn in the commission’s side since it began concocting stories, but that...
  • The Top 25 Web Hoaxes and Pranks

    05/04/2007 1:50:15 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 32 replies · 1,039+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/03/2007 | Steve Bass
    Whether they take the form of a comic image of a giant cat or a desperate plea from a sick child, chain e-mail messages and Internet frauds are elements of the online landscape that we've all encountered. No topic is off limits: a medical warning, a promise of free money, or a believably (or shoddily) Photoshopped image. But at the end of the day, they're just elaborate hoaxes or clever pranks--and we've collected 25 of the most infamous ones ever to have graced the Internet or our inboxes. Though some of these deceptions originated years ago, the originals--and dozens of...
  • Baby Jesus returns after road trip

    12/19/2006 10:27:48 AM PST · by SubGeniusX · 3 replies · 499+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 12/19/2006 | DAN HERBECK
    John and Joan Leising were quite upset last year when somebody stole the plastic infant Jesus statue from the lighted manger set outside their North Buffalo home. This year, they have the Jesus statue back - and a pretty weird story to tell at Christmas parties. "When we tell people about it, they just look at us and say, "Wow, that really happened?' " Joan Leising said. "Then, we show them the photo album." The Leisings, residents of Depew Avenue, take pride in their annual Christmas decorations. They have displayed a brightly lighted outdoor manger set - with statues of...
  • Randomly-generated 'scientific paper' accepted

    04/25/2006 3:24:32 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 50 replies · 1,472+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 23 April 2005 | Staff
    CUTTING-EDGE artificial intelligence it was not, but a student prank still managed to get the better of some human intelligences last week, when a computer-generated piece of gibberish was accepted as a genuine scientific paper. Sick of receiving spam emails requesting submissions to the 2005 World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics - which charges $390 for each attendee - students Jeremy Stribling, Daniel Aguayo and Maxwell Krohn of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote a program to generate a nonsense paper. Starting with skeleton sentences, pools of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and a random assortment of computer science...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 04-20-2006

    04/20/2006 6:19:42 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 362+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-20-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. A man off’ring door-to-door tests (for free) upon women’s breasts should make it quite clear to all who can hear: Don’t trust uninvited house-guests!
  • Top 10 April Fools' Pranks to Play at Work

    03/31/2006 10:17:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies · 16,227+ views
    Careerbuilder.com ^ | March 31, 2006 | By Kate Lorenz, CareerBuilder.com Editor
    Time to dust off the whoopee cushions and hand buzzers. April Fools' Day is here and there's no better place for wisecracks and shenanigans than at work. In its annual April Fools' Day survey, CareerBuilder.com found 33 percent of workers have played a practical joke on a co-worker and 17 percent are planning office tricks for this year's holiday. Although it might be thrilling to finally one-up the office funnyman, pranks also help beat something that's no laughing matter: workplace stress. More than half of workers reported working under stress in another CareerBuilder.com survey. Stress and worry on the job...
  • Lamb's Head Left Gift Wrapped On Doorstep

    12/29/2005 7:04:56 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 16 replies · 677+ views
    cbs2chicago.com ^ | 12-29-05 | WestVirginiaRebel
    (CBS)PALO HEIGHTS Possibly a sick prank or a grisley threat, someone left a lamb's head on a doorstep in the southwest suburbs.CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot reports the package had a note: "With hugs and kisses from Santa."
  • Working For The Weekend Wednesday

    11/09/2005 7:13:45 AM PST · by PaulaB · 424 replies · 2,929+ views
    Good morning...Wednesday is here!!! Let's have a good laugh to get through it
  • Mother's milk saves vet set ablaze on bus

    05/18/2005 12:33:31 PM PDT · by kingattax · 57 replies · 1,987+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5-18-2005 | DEBORAH KOLBEN, TONY SCLAFANI and BILL HUTCHINSON
    A real-life supermom used a bottle of breast milk to douse an amputee yesterday after his wheelchair was set ablaze by punks on a Staten Island bus, cops said. The nursing mother's fast actions helped save Vietnam vet Francis Abrams, 57, from becoming a human torch, and stopped the fire from engulfing the S-54 bus, police and the victim said. "It was put out with breast milk," said a police source, who was awed by the bizarre incident that happened just after 11 a.m. Abrams, who lost his left leg in Vietnam, said he was minding his own business as...
  • School prank silences top student in Montgomery

    05/18/2005 1:01:18 PM PDT · by SamFromLivingston · 102 replies · 2,084+ views
    AP via AL.com ^ | 5/18/2005 | The Associated Press
    The valedictorian at Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School was scratched from the graduation ceremony, where she was to give a speech, because of her involvement in a senior prank. Ashley Isaac, 17, was one of 27 students involved in the senior prank that took place overnight May 4. School officials said eggs were thrown on the school, toilet paper was strewn about, and words were written on windows in mustard, ketchup and syrup. A sign had been hung that read, "Seniors 05-05-05." She said Principal Mitzi McLaurine told her it would not "send the right message" to allow her to...
  • Starting early; suggestions for good April Fools' Tricks!

    03/15/2005 9:00:47 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 25 replies · 6,404+ views
    Okay, I'm a guy who likes cracking jokes, and witty comebacks. In all modesty, I do it quite well. With a reputation as a funny guy in my family (and outside of my family as well, I've made that impression on quite a few), I decided to appoint myself to do the best April Fools tricks. The trick we've done in the past is to take tape and tape up the switch to the refridgerator/freezer, so that it strikes the unknowing person as being off when they first open the door and the light does NOT come on. One year,...
  • (Vanity) Funny Business: Readers Share Office Pranks (DON'T MISS!)

    03/02/2005 11:21:15 AM PST · by srm913 · 335 replies · 17,758+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 2, 2005 | Delma J. Francis
    One of my co-workers is a saver. About 15 years ago, our insurance company used a new password each week to identify company representatives. About a year ago, my co-worker found a file with all the passwords. He showed it to all of us and we all agreed there was no reason to keep it, so he threw out the file. We have a sales convention every year and a top management person would leave company-wide e-mails to update us on information for the convention. A couple of days after my co-worker threw out the file, I called a top...
  • Soldier wounded after helping nieces 'TP' neighborhood

    12/31/2004 10:15:26 AM PST · by Mister Sophisticate · 23 replies · 870+ views
    The North County Times [San Diego] ^ | Friday, December 31, 2004 | JOHN HUNNEMAN - Staff Writer
    LAKE ELSINORE, CA ---- A U.S. Army specialist, home on leave after serving more than a year in Iraq, was shot in the head early Thursday following an argument he had with a man after a group of juveniles ---- including three of his nieces ---- tossed toilet paper on trees and bushes in the yards of a Lake Elsinore neighborhood. Daniel Alvarado, 25, of Temecula was in stable condition Thursday at Loma Linda University Medical Center after undergoing surgery, his sister, Deeann Alvarado, said. Daniel Alvarado is stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., his sister said. He is scheduled to...
  • Andy Kaufman Returns After 20 Years (WTF?!?!?!)

    05/19/2004 7:37:34 PM PDT · by NYC GOP Chick · 261 replies · 720+ views
    PRWeb via Yahoo ^ | 5.19.2004
    Andy Kaufman Returns After 20 Years Wed May 19, 9:00 AM ET New York City, NY (PRWEB) May 19, 2004 -- Twenty years ago, on May 16, 1984, most of the world believed that we had lost a comedic legend forever. This has turned out to be what will inevitably be known as the greatest comic prank ever conceived. Andy Kaufman, by all accounts, is alive and well at age 55 and is now living in New York City on the upper west side. To his loyal supporters and fans, Andy says "sorry about faking my death," in a...
  • Florida Radio station fined $4000 for crank calling Fidel Castro

    04/24/2004 3:13:05 PM PDT · by Sorcerer3 · 74 replies · 984+ views
    Fla. Station Fined $4,000 for Castro Prank MIAMI (AP) - A radio station that crank-called Cuban President Fidel Castro and broadcast the recording should be fined $4,000, the Federal Communications Commission said. The Spanish-speaking hosts of "The Morning High Jinks" used snippets of an earlier prank involving Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to move the call from a receptionist up the chain to Castro in a five-minute broadcast June 17. The hosts of the show on WXDJ-FM, Joe Ferrero and Enrique Santos, fed pleasantries to Castro before breaking in and calling him an assassin. The conversation ended after Castro denounced the...
  • Postal Pranksters Counterfeit stamps as art

    01/23/2004 11:35:13 AM PST · by RJCogburn · 3 replies · 192+ views
    Reason ^ | 1/23/04 | Jesse Walker
    A few years ago in Turkey, the Chicago artist Michael Thompson and a friend were arrested for venturing too close to the Armenian border. The authorities weren’t sure why anyone would go so far into the Kurdish zone, let alone some Americans who kept snapping pictures of tanks, so they were a wee bit suspicious. "We were interrogated for probably 18 hours that day," Thompson reports. "They were convinced that we were CIA." Fortunately for Thompson, the police didn’t search his car. If they had, they would have discovered several sheets of counterfeit stamps, all bearing the initials PKK --...
  • Yanks win gay-bashing suit filed by clubhouse worker

    12/22/2003 11:23:43 AM PST · by presidio9 · 54 replies · 229+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | December 22, 2003
    ALBANY — The state’s highest court on Monday ended a case in which a New York Yankees’ clubhouse worker accused the team and some of its players of gay bashing and playing cruel practical jokes. The Court of Appeals declined to hear an appeal sought by Paul Priore, who sued the Yankees in state Supreme Court in the Bronx in 1998 for $50 million. Priore contended that after he began working for the team as an assistant equipment manager in 1996, several players made anti-gay remarks and played cruel pranks on him because of his sexual orientation. He also claimed...
  • "How to Expose and Torment Liberals"

    09/20/2003 2:02:18 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 37 replies · 406+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | Friday, September 19, 2003 | Posted by Jon Alvarez
    Ever put a dab of peanut butter on the end of your dog's nose? While some consider teasing man's best friend to be a mean source of amusement, it is highly entertaining to watch its frenzied reaction and this ultimately does not hurt the dog. Another source of entertainment--and one that does not involve man's best friend--is tormenting liberal Americans. These are the same people who over the past year have prided themselves on their mean-spirited attacks on President Bush, so you shouldn't feel bad. We could be talking about Hillary Clinton, or that bandana-wearing, anti-war activist who still lives...
  • Sick prankster picture of the day

    09/12/2003 10:29:11 AM PDT · by tdadams · 19 replies · 419+ views
    Boortz.com ^ | 9/12/03 | none
  • Driver Shoots and Kills Man After Amish Pranksters Throw Tomatoes at His Car

    09/02/2003 6:46:11 PM PDT · by Mr. Mulliner · 53 replies · 542+ views
    AP ^ | September 2, 2003
    Driver Shoots and Kills Man After Amish Pranksters Throw Tomatoes at His CarThe Associated PressPublished: Sep 2, 2003 MOUNT HOPE, Ohio (AP) - A driver fired a shotgun into a cornfield and killed a man after being tormented by a group of young Amish pranksters who pelted his car with tomatoes, authorities said. Steven L. Keim was with about 10 other members of the Amish community, ages 15 to 23, who were hiding in the field Monday night, throwing tomatoes and firing paintball guns at passing cars, the Holmes County Sheriff's office said. After driving past the cornfield several...
  • Teenager drops his trousers at Buckingham Palace garden party

    07/22/2003 5:43:00 PM PDT · by MikalM · 18 replies · 251+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/22/03 | Associated Press
    <p>A teenager at a Buckingham Palace garden party Tuesday dropped his trousers and dashed across the lawn, pursued by Beefeater guards in ceremonial red tunics.</p> <p>Partygoers cheered as a Beefeater tackled the 17-year-old running a reported 300 feet ahead of Queen Elizabeth II. It was not clear if she saw him.</p>
  • Getting Ryan's number (Gov's old cell number given to prankster)

    07/18/2003 1:09:16 PM PDT · by tdadams · 2 replies · 272+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | July 18, 2003 | Shamus Toomey
    Fielding wrong number calls on your cell phone can be a severe annoyance ... usually.But when the errant calls are for Illinois' embattled former governor, it can be a hoot, says a Chicago lawyer with a very unusual cell phone taleGil Ross, a partner in a downtown firm, activated his new black Nokia 7160 phone in late June. Ever since, the calls for former Gov. George Ryan have kept the phone ringing.Politicians from all over the state, with their names popping up on caller ID, have checked in asking for "Gov. Ryan," "the governor" or just "George."It didn't take long...
  • Teenage prank leads to fatal fall

    07/07/2003 3:54:38 PM PDT · by MaxPlus305 · 53 replies · 417+ views
    St Paul Pioneer Press ^ | Jul 05, 2003 | Charles Laszewski
    Teenage prank leads to fatal fall Practical joker George Blanchard's attempt to scare his mother caused the teen's fatal fall from a 200-foot cliff. BY CHARLES LASZEWSKI Pioneer Press It was just supposed to be a practical joke, a way for George Blanchard to scare his mother Nancy. The St. Paul teenager noticed a ledge jutting out about five feet below the Mounds Park bluffs. He told his friend James Johnson that he would jump down and then maybe reach back up over the edge like he was holding on for dear life and call for his mom. "He said,...
  • Yellow ribbon critic gets unpleasant surprise in mail

    04/08/2003 9:53:07 PM PDT · by MikalM · 30 replies · 337+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 04/08/03 | Bay City News
    <p>PALO ALTO -- The Palo Alto Police Department said today that resident Seth Yatovitz found a suspicious envelope in his afternoon mail that caused a stinker of a problem.</p> <p>Police said Yatovitz -- who led the opposition against the city of Burlingame's decision to hold a "Yellow Ribbon Week" to support U.S. troops in Iraq -- took the envelope to the Palo Alto Fire Station to be investigated. Firefighters subsequently called police and the building was evacuated while the rear parking lot and surrounding streets were cordoned off.</p>
  • Jerry Rigged: A Jerry Lewis hoax fools French President Chirac.

    03/20/2003 6:48:08 AM PST · by aculeus · 67 replies · 1,479+ views
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 03/19/03 | Liane Bonin
    President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac may not be phone pals anymore, but that didn't stop Chirac from discussing Saddam Hussein, the war in Iraq, and other serious issues with another famous American: Jerry Lewis. Except it turns out that the man who had a five-minute phone conversation with Chirac last week wasn't Lewis, but rather a Los Angeles DJ impersonating the comedian. A source at KROQ 106.7 confirms that ''Kevin and Bean Show'' entertainment reporter Ralph Garman got through to Chirac by claiming to be France's most loved American funnyman -- a prank that has the real Lewis...
  • Feds have banned Model Rockets!? (My Title)

    02/26/2003 10:33:57 AM PST · by ItsTheMediaStupid · 169 replies · 2,367+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/25/03 | By Jim Banke
    “It is the heart of the problem we face. Because if manufacturers like Estes can’t get rocket motors delivered to stores, the hobby is completely dead,” Van Milligan said. © 2003 Space.com. All rights reserved
  • People 'selling' shuttle debris

    02/01/2003 7:18:01 PM PST · by nunya bidness · 64 replies · 680+ views
    News.com.au ^ | 2/2/03 | Staff
    TEXAS authorities are investigating reports that people are trying to sell debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated over eastern Texas earlier today. "We have a zero tolerance policy for this sort of thing," said Mike Shelby, the US Attorney for the southern district of Texas, after hearing a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report that attempts had been made to sell debris on ebay, an internet auction website. Shelby said that he and his colleague Matt Arwig, the US attorney for the eastern district of Texas, would cooperate with authorities in an investigation. Those attempting to sell...
  • TX: Police officer shoots at kids who toilet papered his yard

    08/20/2002 7:05:21 AM PDT · by Pern · 223 replies · 1,384+ views
    The Texas City Sun ^ | August 18, 2002 | Jeff Morris
    Childish pranks turned into a potentially deadly situation early Saturday morning when a local home owner took matters into his own hands. According to police reports, some Texas City high school students were not getting their beauty sleep. Instead, they were roaming the streets, pulling pranks like “rolling” or “wrapping” yards with toilet paper, apparently as part of a hazing ritual associated with the high school band. They may have chosen the wrong neighborhood. When an off-duty Galveston police officer heard a commotion outside his Texas City home, he investigated, finding bathroom supplies in his trees and one his autos....
  • Body found tied to sign (Goldsboro NC)

    06/26/2002 5:51:45 AM PDT · by Phantom Lord · 42 replies · 1,235+ views
    News and Observer (Raleigh NC) ^ | 06/26/02 | Martha Quillin
    Body found tied to signMan had been at party; official speaks of prank gone awry GOLDSBORO - Out in the country, where they were from, folks might say that Tony Wayne Smith's friends and family were old enough to know better than to tie him to a signpost after a night of partying. Smith died over the weekend after a prank that went bad, investigators say. They are awaiting results of an autopsy to determine whether charges will be filed. Lt. George L. Raecher of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Smith's body was found by a motorist driving north...
  • Looking for good Military stories (tricks played on other military forces or civilians)

    04/04/2002 7:08:02 PM PST · by ItisaReligionofPeace · 111 replies · 1,148+ views
    me | 04/04/02 | Me
    I was talking to a guy the other day who said that when he was in the Navy (in the early to mid 1990's) he and other sailors would play games/tricks with other military forces. He also said that they would jam the radar of commercial Russian planes for a little while until they could see the airliner go off course and then they would give them their radar back. I got a real kick out of hearing his stories and was wondering if any other FReepers have stories that they could post.