October 21, 2004 |
God never meant for him to get in that taxi. It was a mistake. A celestial fluke. On that night in June, Manute Bol had called a cab to take him home from a basketball game, and, right away, they got lost. "Don't worry," the driver said. "I'll get you there." How could Bol know the man had a suspended license? That he was drunk? Sailing down a Connecticut road too fast, the taxi clipped a guardrail, veered across two lanes and slammed into a rock ledge. The driver died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2000 |
A high school prank mushroomed into a short-lived panic Thursday after Mayor Richard Riordan announced that a group of San Fernando Valley students had been arrested for planning a "Columbine-type shooting," drawing reporters and worried parents to Monroe High School. Within hours, the mayor had apologized for mischaracterizing the incident at the North Hills campus, which Los Angeles police later said was a practical joke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2000 |
Saturday is April Fools' Day. Have fun, but remember: Sometimes you are the joker, and other times you are the jokee. So, keep smiling. * Practical jokes are universal. Maybe it has something to do with the vernal equinox and the dawn of spring, but the custom of playing practical jokes at this time of the year goes back to ancient times. Both ancient Rome's Hilaria festivities on March 25 and India's Huli celebrations on March 31 involved elements of joke-playing.
March 17, 2000 |
Jokes for Jesus Bureau: Theologians often claim God has a great sense of humor, but the only evidence they can produce is the duck-billed platypus, the armadillo and Bob Jones University. Here at Off-Kilter, we hope to fill this comedy void with a new line of products for the Christian practical joker. Our consumer research department found a vast, untapped market for religious versions of joy buzzers, squirting neckties and other gag items.
January 1, 2000 |
A 53-year-old woman turned herself in to police after a bomb squad blew up a ticking package she had left outside a friend's house as a practical joke. The package, which contained a clock, had a German postmark. The FBI on Dec. 23 issued a warning about possible mail bombs being sent from Frankfurt, Germany, to U.S. addresses. FBI spokesman Barry P. Babler said there have been several reports of suspicious packages from Germany since the warning was issued, but none contained explosive devices.
September 7, 1999 |
Allen Funt, who made a lifelong career out of secretly filming ordinary people reacting to the bizarre and unexpected on his television show "Candid Camera," has died at his ranch in Big Sur. He was 84. Funt suffered a stroke in 1993 from which he never fully recovered. He died Sunday afternoon of complications from the stroke, CBS spokesman Michael Naidus said Monday. "He was a tough guy," Funt's son Peter said in a statement released Monday. "When he suffered [the] stroke . . .