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In Quest for YouTube Views, Couple Loses Custody of Kids

YouTube stars Mike and Heather Martin lose custody of 2 of 5 kids after abuse allegations

(Newser) - A Maryland couple famous on YouTube for what they originally painted as "pranks" on their kids have lost custody of two of their five children after a public outcry, the Independent and Washington Post report. Rose Hall of North Carolina, the biological mom of 9-year-old Emma and 11-year-old Cody—... More »

Duo Punked Morning TV Show. Now They're Being Sued

TV station owner not laughing after 'strongman' duo's act on Wisconsin show

(Newser) - To a pair of pranksters who showed up on a Wisconsin morning-television program, they were just having a bit of harmless fun. To Gray Television, which owns the station they appeared on, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are guilty of fraud, copyright infringement, and conspiracy to commit a wrongful act,... More »

Moviegoers Went to See Moonlight, Got Punked

London theater kicked off showing with 20 seconds from 'La La Land' trailer

(Newser) - The "biggest blunder in Oscars history" is now three days old, but a London movie theater decided to extend the error's 15 minutes of fame on Monday. People have been flocking to see Moonlight since its best picture win on Sunday—after La La Land was mistakenly announced... More »

Ikea Begs People to Stop Sleeping in Stores Overnight

Retailer doesn't think sleepover pranks are funny and warns against trespassing

(Newser) - Two years ago, Ikea teamed up with Airbnb to invite people to camp out overnight in one of its Aussie locations as a PR stunt. Now the Swedish retailer is pleading with others to stop holding "non-sponsored sleepovers" in its stores, citing safety issues and warning of possible trespassing... More »

YouTube Pranksters Get Prison Time

They caused a panic with fake robberies at two London museums

(Newser) - Four YouTube pranksters will be spending the coming weeks locked up after pleading guilty to charges in connection with fake robberies and a kidnapping at two London art galleries, the BBC reports. According to Engadget , members of Trollstation caused a "mass panic" at the Tate Britain and National Portrait... More »

12-Year-Old's Prank Made Him Aussie PM*

*According to the Wikipedia page he edited

(Newser) - Serving as Australia's prime minister is an impressive gig for a 12-year-old—even if it's only Wikipedia-official. Orley Fenelon of Brisbane edited a Wikipedia article on Australian prime ministers on Friday to name himself Australia's 30th and youngest PM. It went unnoticed for two days—long enough... More »

4 Sets of Identical Twins Pull Off NYC Subway Prank

Improv Everywhere staged the scene

(Newser) - If a man on the New York City subway started asking riders for money to fund the time machine he was building, you'd probably assume he was a panhandler with a particularly novel method of asking for money. But what that man's future self got on at the... More »

Brooklyn Deli Puts Its Window Display on Airbnb

The owner is facing a proposed rent hike from $4K to $10K

(Newser) - Fed up with the disappearance of many mom-and-pop shops on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, two regular customers of Jesse's Deli, a bodega run by Jesse Itayim, are trying to help this one stay. After learning that the shop might have to move now that the landlord is trying to... More »

Another Senior Prank Ends in Arrests

This time, it's over alarm clocks in unused lockers

(Newser) - Another day, another senior prank leads to criminal charges. Two teens in North Carolina were arrested after a stunt with alarm clocks triggered a school bomb search, reports WCNC . Police in Troutman say Shannon Marie Farrell and Lekia Hall, both 18, put the clocks in unused lockers at South Iredell... More »

Senior Prank Ends With 62 Students Arrested

Teaneck High School seniors urinated, smeared Vaseline, say police

(Newser) - Senior year may not be ending so pleasantly for 62 students at New Jersey's Teaneck High School. They were arrested in connection with an ill-advised senior prank that involved them busting into their school around 2am today and allegedly doing the following: rubbing Vaseline on door handles, peeing in... More »

7 Celebrity Pranksters

Let's just say they probably enjoyed last Tuesday

(Newser) - Which stars do you think had the most fun during April Fools' Day last week? Probably the 13 celebrity pranksters rounded up by PopSugar . A sampling:
  • George Clooney: One of his most epic pranks: Throwing a fake wedding for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
  • Brad Pitt: He's gotten his
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This April Fools' Day 'Prank' Is Actually Awesome

Waitress gets a day full of surprises

(Newser) - On a day where anything out of the ordinary probably either makes you paranoid or lands you on the wrong end of a prank, a feel-good trick has us smiling on April Fools' Day. Chelsea Roff is no ordinary waitress, and a customer's generosity was no ordinary tip. Organizers... More »

New Prank Trend: Sic SWAT Teams on Celeb Homes

'Swatting' proving difficult for authorities stamp out

(Newser) - Pranksters' latest hoax of choice: make a fake distress call reporting hostages or armed robbers at an address that happens to belong to a celebrity, thus sending authorities—hopefully a SWAT team—to the star's home. Simon Cowell was the most recent victim of "swatting," with a... More »

10 Classic April Fools' Hoax Ads

AdWeek list celebrates funniest fake commercials

(Newser) - Today is April Fools' Day, so expect to be pranked by friends, family, and of course, major companies who relish the opportunity to trick consumers into believing they're offering outrageously phony products. AdWeek rounds up 10 favorites, including: More »

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