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Category: Pranks
The Life and Death of Eric Gordon — Here's an amusing account of a Harvard grad named Eric Gordon who faked his own death in order to try to get removed from Harvard's obnoxious alumni mailing list. Harvard actually published an obituary for Eric, but then had to retract it later.
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2003.   Comments (0)

Classes Cancelled for Green Beer Day — Check out the website of Ben Field. Ben is a student at Miami University in Ohio. Every year the students there celebrate Green Beer Day (a celebration not sanctioned by the university) by drinking green beer in bars all day. This year Ben got the clever idea of sending out an email to all 31,000 students, disguised to make it appear that it was coming from the university president, declaring that classes were cancelled for Green Beer Day. Needless to say, the university was not amused.…
Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2003.   Comments (1)

Beer for the Homeless, More Info — More from Gary Poole, a spokesperson for Beer for the Homeless: "It was originally intended as an internet satire, but very quickly took on a life of it's own when people really did start donating money. The group that does it even had to hire an accountant to keep up with taxes and such. They'll be featured in an upcoming issue of FHM Magazine, in fact."
Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2003.   Comments (0)

Beer for the Homeless Response — A few weeks ago I linked to a site called Beer for the Homeless, which I suspected of being a hoax. After all, it reminded me of the classic Arm the Homeless campaign, which was definitely a hoax. Turns out my suspicions were wrong. I just got this note from a spokesperson for the site: Just as a note, the "Beer For The Homeless" website is indeed NOT a hoax. It's a real site that really uses the money raised to buy and deliver beer to homeless people living in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2003.   Comments (0)


High-School Pranks — High-school seniors superglue the locks on their teachers' doors. The teachers are not amused. In other senior prank news, piglets are released in a school the day of the senior barbeque.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2003.   Comments (253)

Cow Tipping — The Mustang Daily recently analyzed the reality of the art of cow tipping.
Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2003.   Comments (0)

Prank Flyers — Prank Flyers
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2002.   Comments (0)

Abduction prank — A high school sociology assignment goes a little too far when students stage a fake abduction.
Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2002.   Comments (0)

Britney Spears Phone Prank — A deejay at a Montreal radio station made a successful prank phone call to Britney Spears. While pretending to be Celine Dion, the deejay got Spears to agree to sing a duet with Tiger Woods called Let's Make A Hole in One. All for charity, of course. Read about it here. Or visit the homepage of the radio prankster where you can buy a recording of the actual prank.
Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2002.   Comments (26)

Extreme Homework Avoidance — Student fakes fire to avoid homework. Wow. Couldn't he just have said that the dog ate his homework?
Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2002.   Comments (1)

Duct Tape Prankster — New York prankster arrested for duct-taping himself to a utility pole in a busy intersection while holding a sign reading "Save Ira Joe Fisher."
Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2002.   Comments (0)

Mud-Wrestling Neighbor — Amusing account of a mud-wrestling hoax perpetrated by Jeff Norman for an episode of "World's Nastiest Neighbors." It involved pretending to be an obnoxious neighbor who staged mud-wrestling matches on the lawn of his suburban home. The neighbors were so horrified that they called the police and had Norman arrested.
Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2002.   Comments (0)

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