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April 25, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Bryn Renner takes his role as North Carolina's quarterback seriously. Perhaps he has a soft spot in his heart for fainting goats. Or maybe he just thought the whole thing was stupid. For whatever reason, Renner didn't seem to appreciate it one day in practice last fall when every player on the field, except him, fell to the ground and rolled over as soon as the ball was snapped. Renner reacted by slamming the ball to the ground and running downfield. On his way back, he batted the ball away with his helmet and refused to take high-fives from his teammates.
December 10, 2012 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- Tearful and contrite, two Australian radio hosts Monday described themselves as heartbroken over the apparent suicide of the nurse in England who took their prank call seeking information about Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Mel Greig and Michael Christian said their impersonation of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles was a silly stunt that they never expected to succeed, let alone play a potential role in the death of Jacintha Saldhana, who worked at the hospital where Prince William's wife was being treated for acute morning sickness.
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
December 26, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Rarely had a Rose Bowl seen such flawless execution. The preparation was inspired, the key players unwavering and a national television audience enthralled. Fifty years ago this Sunday, an intrepid interloper made an uninvited, unprecedented and unforgettable appearance in the so-called Granddaddy of Them All. Caltech made the Rose Bowl. A small band of ingenious Caltech students made it happen, surreptitiously altering a University of Washington halftime flip-card routine so that it would spell out "CALTECH" in what became known as the Great Rose Bowl Hoax of 1961.
April 22, 1985 | From Reuters
A 12-year-old boy was trampled to death today when a practical joker told schoolchildren visiting a dark cave to run from a ghost, police said. Several of the other children, on a picnic outing in central Taiwan, were injured in the stampede, two of them critically.
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