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December 20, 1988 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
Those noted practical jokers, Danny Ferry and Quin Snyder of the Duke University basketball team, are at it again. But the dastardly duo, leery of one another after more than 3 years of playing and rooming together, have combined forces this time. "The freshmen think it's a tradition that they carry the seniors' bags on road trips," said Ferry, laughing at the rookies' gullibility. "From the gym to my hotel room and back. Of course, it's never been done before.
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February 28, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Even though the Clippers fly on a private jet, the players remain anxious throughout their flights. When Caron Butler dozes off, he plants one of his long legs in the aisle as a booby trap to alert him if anyone is approaching. Blake Griffin sleeps with a blanket tied around his head. "I don't know how he [is] breathing under there," Reggie Evans said. What do the players fear? Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. Jordan co-founded a movement he calls "got 'em," in which he patrols the team plane searching for a teammate who has fallen asleep.
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March 17, 2000 | ROY RIVENBURG
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.
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March 11, 2006 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
When tales of racist behavior, hazing and harassment in the Los Angeles Fire Department are recounted, the Tennie Pierce story usually comes first. Some of Pierce's fellow firefighters at Station 5 in Westchester sneaked dog food into his spaghetti dinner and watched him eat it -- an incident that officials have called prime illustration of how harassment is entrenched within the department.
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August 18, 1991
Would you like someone with a loud mouth and short temper who plays practical jokes? This unpleasant realization struck us after watching reruns of "Murphy Brown" (CBS). She's also bossy and pushy. Before, we were carried along by the story line. Now we see the character. Now we dislike her, aren't interested in what happens to her and don't intend to watch the show again. Are we the only ones who feel like this? Len and Mari Johnson, Westchester
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January 5, 1986
In the Wil Shriner portion of the Dec. 16 "TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes," an item was shown which I assume was meant to be humorous. It was a shot of a World War II bomber blowing up in mid-air. An entire crew lost their lives. I fail to see any humor whatsoever. Have those men who sacrificed their lives been forgotten so soon? Bernhardt Sandler, Venice
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March 31, 2000 | JAMES E. FOWLER
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.
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January 1, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
March 19, 1988
If you keep in mind that Kirk Gibson spent more of his formative years on the gridiron than on the baseball diamond, you can dismiss his war-is-hell, take-no-prisoners approach to the national pastime as a sad consequence of cultural deprivation. Prolonged exposure to football coaches has damaged better minds than his. But it is considerably more difficult to overlook Gibson's attitude toward his new teammates. It has been evident since the first press conference as a Dodger that Kirk thinks he was brought to L.A. to serve as the de facto leader to a bunch of losers in dire need of his shining example.
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October 21, 2004 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
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.
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April 14, 2000 | SOLOMON MOORE and JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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March 31, 2000 | JAMES E. FOWLER
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.
NEWS
March 17, 2000 | ROY RIVENBURG
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.
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January 1, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
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September 7, 1999 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 . . .
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May 5, 1987 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies regularly conducted improper "search-and-destroy missions" at the 5,000-inmate Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic in 1985, forcing inmates to wait outside their barracks, sometimes without jackets in cold weather, while they destroyed inmates' property and county-owned bedding, a Civil Service hearing officer has found. The deputies were ostensibly searching for contraband, the hearing officer said.
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March 31, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
Two Navy petty officers have been disciplined for a "practical joke" last week that had police searching a car belonging to one of them. The incident came in the wake of the destruction of the van belonging to the wife of Navy Capt. Will Rogers III by a pipe bomb. Navy officials Thursday were quick to say that there was no connection between the two incidents. "This had nothing to do--and I repeat nothing to do--with the the USS Vincennes," said Navy spokesman Lt. Ken Luchka.
NEWS
July 11, 1999
I was very concerned to read in the July 4 Sunday comics that "The Boondocks" will be replaced by a strip from the "Star Wars: Episode I" movie. First, I like "The Boondocks." As a white person, I think I need to be challenged and have my consciousness raised. Besides, the cartoons are funny. Second, the Jar Jar Binks character from "Star Wars" is offensive. He's a sort of Stepin Fetchit character with racist undertones. Replacing "The Boondocks" with this "Star Wars" strip is amazingly insensitive.
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March 16, 1997 | ROGER MUNNS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
After half a century of staring at museum visitors in upstate New York and trying to fool them, the Cardiff Giant may be getting ready for a road trip. "Maybe it should be a historic tour to places where he has been before, like Iowa, his home state," said Gilbert Vincent, director of the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. "We'd need some financial backing, but it's certainly feasible."
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