April Fool’s! Exploring Pranks and Practical Jokes, WNPR Interview

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WNPR News presents “April Fool’s! Exploring Pranks and Practical Jokes“, an hour long radio talk show broadcast April 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm & 8:00 pm EST.

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Show features Jeff Pinsker, president of Klutz and VP of Scholastic, Inc.; Martin Wainwright, author of The “Guardian” Book of April Fool’s Day; Tom Mabe, a professional prankster living in Kentucky; and Joey Skaggs, multimedia artist in New York City called The World’s Greatest Hoaxer.

Listen here.

2014 April Fools’ Day Pranks: For Love AND Money

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It’s already April Fools’ Day somewhere:


1. Google is seeking the world’s best Pokemon Master:

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2. USA Today reports on some of this year’s April Fools’ brand PR stunts, including Cheetos perfume; Matching outfits for people & their pets by American Eagle Outfitters; Bras for cats from True & Co; BuildDirect’s edible chocolate flooring; Eagle caught salmon from FreshDirect; USB powered finger-sized irons for your underwear from Fruit of the Loom; Tic Tac’s shakeless packs for your mints, because “No shake, no share”

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3. The Pirate Bay kicks off April Fools’ Day early, announces device to ‘embrace your entire mind’

“After years of being driven from domain to domain, and finally into the cloud, TPB is making its final move…. into your mind.”

In cooperation with russian, israeli and japanese neuro scientists, we are developing a device that will embrace your entire mind. Using laser projections directly onto the retina it’ll no longer be any resolution but 100%. The sound will be delivered in a range from 12Hz to 79kHz and will cancel all noise from the outside world.

4. Lifehacker presents: April Fools’ Day 2014 Spoilers: All The Geek Pranks Revealed, including Pet-Fi, wireless service powered by your pet kinetic energy and a dating site that matches couples based on their shopping habits.

Art of the Hoax – Joey Skaggs on PRI

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Jester_waitscmMarch 30, 2014: Pranks and Hoaxes, produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International, presents an interview with Joey Skaggs called Art of the Hoax – Joey Skaggs.

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29th Annual New York April Fools’ Day Parade

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The New York April Fools’ Committee is Proud to Announce
NEW YORK CITY’S 29th ANNUAL APRIL FOOLS’ DAY PARADE

“EVERYBODY MUST GET STONED”

jesternoborderFor three decades, New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade has offered the public an opportunity to express, in a comical way, its outrage against the foolishness of mankind. Thousands of participants in look-alike costumes with satirical floats creatively mock the thoughtless, corrupt and selfish acts of the past year. Kicking off at noon on Tuesday, April 1, the parade will march down 5th Avenue from 59th Street to Washington Square Park where revelers will party down. It will conclude with the annual crowning of the King of Fools. Spread the word!

PRESS RELEASE:

New York, New York, March 2014 — The 29th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade will begin at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street at 12 noon, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Rain or shine, the parade will march down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park for the climactic selection of the King of Fools from the costumed marching look-alikes.

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Buried Treasure Prank on Grandma

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From Johnny Murdock and friends:


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  • Revenge by Shakespeare

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    From the Bristol Post:


    When Edd Joseph bought a game console but was stiffed by the internet seller, he decided to get revenge. He sent 22 Shakespeare plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello in 17,424 texts (160 characters per text) to the seller’s cell phone.

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    Read more here.

    John Oliver’s Political Parody Ads

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    Last Week Tonight, John Oliver’s soon-to-debut new comedy show, took aim at the GOP’s new ad campaign aimed at “hip” young Republicans on their YouTube channel. Here are two videos parodying their look-alike counterparts, which can be seen here and here.

    Watch the videos:

    More info:

  • Republicans Are Going After Dissatisfied Hipsters, Minorities, and Women in a New Ad Campaign, Slate
  • First on CNN: RNC makes play for unhappy Obama voters in new ad buy, CNN
  • 36th Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade, SF

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    From Bishop Joey:


    The 36th Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade will strut its stuff yet again to honor Saint Stupid, the patron Saint of Civilizations and Parking meters.

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    Tuesday, April First, noon
    Embarcadero Plaza, foot of Market st. 

    This years parade will be of the sidewalk variety, thru the financial district, (the weekend version is thru North Beach).

    This DIY parade will stop at the traditional Stations of Stupid; the Federal Reserve HQ for the dead lottery ticket toss, the old Stock Exchange building for the ‘Sock Exchange’, the plaza of the bare-butt mechanics for the ‘Leap of Faith’, the Bankers Heart sculpture for the penny offering and the traditional Free Lunch. This FREE event is open to the public to participate. Odd costumes, absurd signage,noise makers and a willfully irreverent attitude to the business of religion and the religion of business are encouraged.

    Sponsored by the First Church of the Last Laugh, the world’s largest church. This yearly San Francisco Rite of Spring event updates the ancient European Feast of Fools and provides photographic fodder for those who think they know what a weird city we are. Fun for the whole family. RAIN or SHINE…and if it snows, wear a snow tire

    Contact:  
    Ed Holmes (Bishop Joey)  
    510-841-1898
    bishopj @ saintstupid.com

    Stephen Barnwell’s Capital Offenses

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    From Antarctica Arts:


    Capital-Offenses-200Capital Offenses is a new fine art monograph by Stephen Barnwell. Barnwell’s work often blurs the lines between political activism, humor, and observation. This first edition is a ten-year retrospective of his unique satirical prints.

    As an artist, Barnwell considers no subject off-limits. He feels that political correctness and political extremism are destroying our national discourse. Using satire to explore controversial ideas and forbidden subjects, he subverts the language of power to criticize power.

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    Capital Offenses, published by Antarctica Arts, has a publication date of May 1, 2014.

    Special Pre-release Offer:
    The first 50 books of this first print run will be signed and hand-numbered by the artist.

    Related links:

  • Artist Stephen Barnwell Designs Official OWS Protest Currency
  • Stephen Barnwell’s Bailout for America
  • 3D Street Art by MTO in Rennes, France

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    From Street Art Utopia


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    Johnny Murdock Hides Again

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    This time inside his dishwasher:


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  • Magical Skateboard

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    From Andrea:


    From the HUVrTech website:

    What began as a summer project in 2010 at the MIT Physics Graduate Program has evolved into one of the most exciting independent products to be developed out of MIT since the high-powered lithium-ion batteries developed by Yet-Ming Chiang in 2001. Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who’ve solved an important part of one of science’s mysteries: the key to antigravity.

    The HUVr Board team ultimately aims to improve the efficiency, speed and sustainability of mass transportation. Yet rather than spend several more years closed off from the world while investing in research and development, the team and our world-class investors have worked to change the economics R&D by marketing this exciting consumer product in order to fund ongoing R&D.

    Watch the video

    Read more here

    Celebrating Diversity in Boston

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    Gay St. Patrick’s Day Float Crashes Boston’s Parade Despite Anti-Gay Policy
    by James Nichols
    The Huffington Post
    March 17, 2014

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    Amid controversy surrounding the anti-gay St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City and Boston, a group of gay activists stealthily invaded the Boston parade with a pro-gay float.

    Read more here.

    Creative Activism in Bulgaria

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    From Marcy LaViollette: Appreciated and reblogged from animalnewyork.com


    Bulgaria’s Soviet Soldier Statue Vandalized Again: The Ukraine Colors Edition
    by Marina Galperina
    Animalnewyork.com
    February 25, 2014

    The most hated statue in Sofia, Bulgaria has been painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in solidarity with the revolution and the deadly protests in the former Soviet Republic.

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    It is, essentially, a gigantic bronze relief to remind the Bulgarian people about an invading Soviet forces that crushed and “liberated” the country from its a reformist uprising 45 years ago. It was previously vandalized in June 2010 when the soldiers were painted as Superman, Ronald McDonald, Santa Claus and other capitalist/pop culture American icons, captioned below in graffiti: “In step with the times!”

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    It was vandalized again in August 2013, when it was sprayed entirely in hot pink and tagged with the words “Prague ’68″ and “Bulgaria apologizes” in Czech and Bulgarian, as in, sorry about the Warsaw Pact, you know, that time Bulgarian troops aided the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

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    And of course, that time in August 2012 when it was briefly balaclava’ed in tribute to the jailed Russian feminist art-band activists of Pussy Riot.

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    lead image: AFP Photo/Nikolay Doychinov

    This Way, Please

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    From Peter Markus:


    Boise craft-beer maker ordered to remove sign near Connector
    by Zach Kyle
    Idaho Statesman
    March 13, 2014

    When Woodland Empire Ale Craft opened in January, the brewery announced its presence with a billboard mimicking the nearby green and yellow signs on the westbound entrance of the I-184 Connector. The sign read like a freeway off-ramp: “Craft beer: right here.” An arrow points to the brewery parking lot.

    The Idaho Transportation Department is not amused.

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    Read more here.