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January 11, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Bad news for Audi, Lexus, Google, and other companies keen on developing driverless cars: you've been beaten to the punch. A video making the rounds on YouTube shows a driverless car pulling into the drive-through of various fast food restaurants, causing plenty of alarm and confusion among the people working the window. The catch: there's actually a hidden driver. The man behind the video prank is 24-year-old magician Rahat Hossain. Hossain, who lives in Virgina Beach, Va., has a YouTube channel called Magic of Rahat.
November 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Bear sightings have become a common occurrence in the Los Angeles foothills, but in Huntington Beach? Passersby were stopped in their tracks this week at the sight of a bear peering out the window of a yellow Lamborghini near the beach city's Main Street. Video footage shows a crowd form around the car, with spectators hesitantly running up to the window to snap a photo with the mellow ursine and give it a pat on the head. Some believed people were simply ogling the flashy sports car before noticing a furry head poking out the window.
December 7, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The nurse who took a prank call aimed at getting through to a hospitalized Duchess Kate this week was found dead in her London apartment Friday - and the Australian disc jockeys behind the call have been taken off the air until further notice. The death of Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, was confirmed by the chief executive of King Edward VII Hospital, World Now reported. "Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years," John Lofthouse told reporters.
June 5, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
More than 100 doors at a Simi Valley high school were glued shut in a prank that authorities described Wednesday as "felony-level vandalism. " Faculty at Royal High School discovered the vandalism as they arrived on the campus around 6:30 a.m. Nearly a dozen school employees feverishly worked to clean the industrial-strength glue from locks so students could get to their first-period classes, said Michael Clear, assistant superintendent of...
October 4, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A former high school student from Redwood City who claimed the attempted rape and kidnapping of a teacher was actually a senior prank faces life in prison after being convicted of the charges earlier this week. David Velasquez, 21, was found guilty Wednesday of several charges, including kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, San Mateo County Dist. Atty. Steve Wagstaffe told the San Jose Mercury News. During court testimony, Velasquez described how in January 2012 he hid among garbage cans in the school parking garage before emerging behind the teacher.
February 7, 1987
Although I read your paper every day, I have yet to see exposed the prank pulled by Caltech students at this year's Rose Bowl game. I thought it was obvious; they kidnapped the entire Michigan team and substituted the Caltech football team. WOODY VALSI Sierra Madre
April 23, 2010 | By Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Riverside County prosecutors announced Friday they would charge two men of Canadian descent with misdemeanor charges for allegedly desecrating the U.S. flag. The men were booked earlier this week on suspicion of desecrating a U.S. flag that had flown on a La Quinta mountaintop to honor victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They allegedly replaced the flag with a Canadian flag following Canada's victory over the United States in hockey during the Winter Olympics. The U.S. flag had been displayed for several years near Highway 111 and Washington Street after it was put there by a local resident, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.
September 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to selling TVs, LG isn't above scaring the bejesus out of you. The electronics giant took to Chile recently to shoot a hidden-camera prank commercial, which can be seen above. In the ad, LG replaces the window in an office of a high-rise building with one of its Ultra HD TVs. Ultra HD TVs, or 4K TVs as some call them, are supposed to offer a clearer image than any other types of TV currently on the market. The sets offer a resolution four times greater than that of regular HD TVs. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far But showing off that kind of clarity in commercials can be tough, especially when the potential customer is watching the ad on an HD TV, their smartphone or a computer screen.
January 22, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- After JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s embarrassing "London Whale" losses came to light, Chairman and Chief Executive Jamie Dimon reportedly got a phone call to cheer him up. The voice on the line claimed to be Tom Brady, star quarterback of the New England Patriots and San Mateo native. Dimon initially thought it could be the chairman and CEO of rival Goldman Sachs, another Wall Street powerhouse, according to Dimon's remarks quoted by Bloomberg News. “At first I thought it was a friend of mine pulling a prank.
July 18, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
The Internet has spoken: Pitbull shall perform in Alaska. In a product-promo move, the "International Love" rapper, real name Armando Christian Perez, agreed to visit the Wal-Mart that generated the most Facebook likes. Sounds fun, right? How could social-media democracy possibly go awry? Enter Boston Phoenix writer David Thorpe, a man so put off by celebrity marketing stunts that he rallied Web troops to "Help us help Wal-Mart exile Pitbull to Alaska. " "As of now, the Kodiak Walmart has over 22,000 new 'likes' on Facebook, putting it far ahead of any other Walmart in the nation - far ahead of Kodiak's actual population, in fact," Thorpe wrote.
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