July 18, 2012 |
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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June 17, 2012 |
A lamb tied to a post, a peanut butter smearing session and a drive-by water balloon attack are sure signs that it's that time of year again. For years, graduating seniors have tried to leave their mark by plotting the perfect prank. But as the schemes have escalated in complexity and daring, school officials are coming down increasingly hard, banning whole groups of students from graduation ceremonies because of stunts that went too far. At Heritage High School in the Bay Area town of Brentwood, more than 50 students were suspended and banned from walking at their graduation ceremonies, according to officials with the Liberty Union High School District.
June 13, 2012 |
"Cake Boss"Buddy Valastro might want to stick a rolling pin his mouth - at least when it comes to making transgender jokes. TLC has pulled Monday's episode of the popular reality show set in a New Jersey bakery after Carmen Carrera - a transgender woman who has appeared on"RuPaul's Drag Race" and other shows - vehemently objected to how she was portrayed. Carrera said the producers lured her on to the show under false pretenses, making her believe she'd be a role model for transgendered persons when in fact she was used as part of a homophobic prank.
April 1, 2012 |
Today is April Fool's Day, also known as All Fool's Day and, unofficially perhaps, Don't Trust the Media Day. Yes, yes, that's every day in some circles. But on April Fool's Day, the warning has particular resonance. Because year after year, April Fool's Day proves that some people will believe anything if it's presented with a straight-enough face. Take the BBC report on the bumper Swiss spaghetti harvest. The vanquishing of the spaghetti weevil made such a thing possible, the BBC reported in 1957.
November 21, 2011 |
There is pomp and circumstance on one side and paranoia on the other. This is the UCLA-USC football rivalry — even away from the field. The Trojans and Bruins face off in their annual game Saturday night at the Coliseum. But the games relating to the game have already begun. USC and UCLA students are playing offense and defense, keeping a close eye on statues of Tommy Trojan and the Bruin Bear. This marks the 70th anniversary of the first hostilities. So, on a stormy Sunday afternoon . . . Three Trojan Knights, one in a suit and bow tie, dance in the rain to Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk," part of an hourly ritual that includes ringing the Victory Bell and bellowing a USC chant.
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August 14, 2011 |
The calls started without warning. Every line on every phone in the Compton sheriff's station lighted up at once, hundreds of calls pouring in for hours. One sheriff's official compared the scene to the aftermath of a major earthquake or a mass shooting. But the cause of the deluge wasn't violence or natural disaster. It was Twitter. At 5:23 p.m. Friday, the Twitter feed for Compton rapper The Game posted a message encouraging his 580,000 followers to call the posted number if they wanted an internship.
August 4, 2011 |
Peyton Manning isn't all business with his backups. He has a lot of fun with them too. "Peyton," said his father, Archie, "has some prank in him. " That's putting it mildly. Manning is notorious for pulling pranks on teammates, and his understudies are certainly no exception. Kelly Holcomb, a Colts backup quarterback early in his career, remembers the time Manning stopped by his dormitory room at training camp for a chat. "I told him, 'Man, I've got to go get something,' and I left him in there," Holcomb said.
June 1, 2011 |
In an interview Wednesday, Rep. Anthony Weiner said he could not say "with certitude" that a photo of man's crotch posted to Twitter -- a picture that has become the center of a small-scale media storm -- was not, in fact, a photo of him. Weiner, a New York Democrat, maintained to MSNBC that he was the victim of a prank and that his Twitter account had been hacked by outsiders -- and that he had nothing to do with an apparent attempt to send the...
February 23, 2011 |
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been punk’d, his office confirmed Wednesday. Walker, the Republican governor who wants to end collective bargaining for his state’s public employees, was at the wrong end of a prank telephone call with a person he was led to believe was David Koch, a conservative businessman who is one of Walker’s major campaign contributors. But in reality it was Ian Murphy, a blogger from Buffalo, N.Y. In the call, Murphy as Koch makes inflammatory statements on unions and Democrats.
December 26, 2010 |
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.