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Alligator Attack Prank

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From Čeněk Stýblo:


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“All By Myself” in an Airport with an iPhone

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From Erin:


Man gets stuck in airport overnight, makes spectacular music video
by Christopher Hooten
The Independent
July 13, 2014

When hit with flight delays, most of us tend to just idly wander around the departure lounge staring blearily at oversized bars of Toblerone and deciding whether to blow the last of our trip money on a U-shaped neck pillow that will in no way improve the chances of sleeping on the plane.

But not Richard Dunn, when stuck overnight in Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport he busied himself making a music video for Celine Dion’s “All By Myself”, complete with improvised dolly tracking shot and bottom of the escalator ‘fall to knees’ for the crescendo. Read more here.

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Google Street View Murder?

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Pranking Google Is Fun, Until Cops Investigate You For Murder
by Sara Gates
The Huffington Post
June 3, 2014

Check this “murder” off as solved.

After a Google Street View user stumbled upon what looked like a murder scene last year, the user reported the sight to police, BBC News reports. Local authorities in Scotland, where the apparent axe murder was pictured, launched an investigation into the case to see if a crime had actually taken place.

As it turns out, the Google Street View “murder scene” from August 2012 was just a prank — and a pretty simple one, at that. Read more here.

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John Seigenthaler, RIP

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Filed under: First Amendment Issues

Voices: Seigenthaler a champion of First Amendment
by Ken Paulson
Special for USA TODAY

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A lead pipe to the head will get your attention.

One day in 1961, Justice Department aide John Seigenthaler was brutally attacked with a pipe by Ku Klux Klansmen as he rushed to protect Freedom Riders arriving in Montgomery, Ala. The Klansmen left John in the street to die.

But John survived, going on to a rich career as a journalist and a passionate First Amendment advocate who would laugh about how Attorney General Bobby Kennedy thanked him for “using his head.” John died at 86 Friday morning in Nashville.

Read more here and here.

Bigfoot Captured!

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Bigfoot, the 8th Wonder of the World

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Political Hacktivism, Iran Style

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Iran Is Using a Neocon to Hack Its Foes
Daily Beast
by Eli Lake
May 29, 2014

John Bolton, the former U.N. ambassador under George W. Bush, is playing an unexpectedly prominent role in an Iranian cyberspying campaign.

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In Iran’s intelligence war against America, the regime has a new weapon: “John R. Bolton.”

No, Iran has not turned President Bush’s former ambassador to the United Nations into a sleeper agent. Instead, hackers believed to be connected to the Tehran government are posing as Bolton on social media platforms in a scheme to get human rights activists and national security wonks to hand over their passwords and user names.

Read more here.

The Royal Prank: Unintended Consequences

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The Royal Prank: The Story Behind The Worst Radio Stunt In History
by Andrew McMillen
Buzzfeed
Aug. 1, 2013

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When a pair of Australian DJs went viral by prank calling the London hospital treating Kate Middleton last December, they were lionized at home and vilified in the U.K. Then the nurse who answered the phone committed suicide amid the outrage, raising questions about mental health, privacy, and the very definition of a joke. What responsibility do pranksters have to their victims?

Inside James O’Keefe’s Latest Hollywood Hit Job

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Inside a Hollywood Hit Job: How Sting Artist James O’Keefe Tried to Set His Latest Trap – And Got Stung Himself
U.S. News
May 22, 2014

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On Wednesday, conservative activist and controversial video sting artist James O’Keefe made an appearance in Cannes during the Film Festival with a new, secretly recorded 20-minute video that he said exposes the hypocrisy of two environmentalist documentarians and two Hollywood actors. At the end of the clip, after Josh and Rebecca Tickell, Mariel Hemingway, and Ed Begley Jr. appear to have unwittingly agreed to accept financing for an anti-fracking film from Middle East oil interests, O’Keefe claims he’s caught other allegedly altruistic actors and filmmakers in his trap, teasing a clip of a phone conversation with filmmaker Josh Fox.

But this time, O’Keefe wasn’t the only one making secret recordings.

Read the rest of the story here.

A Little “Lovin” for McDonald’s

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15 Captivating Works Of Art That Challenge The McDonaldization Of Society
by Kevin Short
The Huffington Post
April 24, 2014

…In protest of this overwhelming “McDonaldization” of society, a term first coined in 1993 by sociologist George Ritzer, artists around the world have created some highly vivid pieces that assail the symbols of McDonald’s omnipresence.

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Artist:Zoltron
Year:2011
Location:San Francisco, California

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Artist: Banksy
Year: 2009
Location: Bristol, UK

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Artist:Peter Pink
Year:2012
Location:Berlin, Germany

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Extreme Multi-tasking: Singing and Orgasming at the Same Time

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This Is What Happens When An All-Female Band Tries To Sing While Orgasming (NSFW)
by Emily Thomas
The Huffington Post
May 10, 2013

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…Dutch electronic dance music group ADAM debuted a new music video on May 7 for their track “Go to Go.” Their minimalistic music is known for its momentous climaxes, and to reflect the gradual build-up intrinsic to their sound, the bandmates decided to film themselves similarly working their way up to the “big O” using vibrators (which aren’t shown on camera)…

Read the whole article here.

Just Walking the… Cabbage

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From Jon:


Report: Walking Cabbage Trend Combats Loneliness
WafflesAtNoon
May 2, 2014

A report this week claims that Chinese teenagers are leashing cabbages and taking them for walks with hopes of relieving depression and feelings of isolation…

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…One teenager explained the trend to Metro, “I feel I can transfer my negative thoughts about myself to the cabbage, go for a walk with it and come home feeling better about myself…In fact afterwards, I can throw the cabbage away and feel that I have tossed my feelings out with it.”

Read the full article here.

Vagina Inspection Prank Goes Down

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From Huffington Post, May 15, 2014: High School ‘Vagina Inspection’ prank letter sent to families. Police investigate


A prank letter ordering students to attend a “mandatory vagina inspection” in the gym of a Minnesota high school has administrators — and police — looking for who’s behind it.

The letter (see below), written on official-looking letterhead for Prior Lake High School in Savage, Minnesota, was hand-delivered to the mailboxes of at least 50 families, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

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Game of Thrones: Season 4, Episode 6 Alternate Ending

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Spoiler alert for Episode 36, ‘The Laws Of Gods And Men’


Tyrion, on trial for murdering the King and about to be found guilty, gives an impassioned speech. Here’s an alternate ending:

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Taiwanese Animators Take on Alec Baldwin [English & Chinese]

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From TomoNews, where they animate “the most entertaining news on the internets”.


Alec Baldwin’s arrest for illegally biking and blowing up at cops, animated Taiwan style:

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Danish Parliament’s Message: Vote or Else! [English & Danish]

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This cartoon was intended to encourage young people to vote in the European elections and was published on the Danish Parliament’s YouTube channel.

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In it, a superhero called Voteman finds himself in bed with a group of women before jetting off on a pair of dolphin waterskis to punch and kick non-voters all the way to the polling station. The video was withdrawn the day after its launch after a barrage of criticism…

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