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Her Boss Gave Her an Exam. Then Her TP Turned Purple

Gynecologist doesn't lose license after dyeing employee's vagina purple (yes, you read that right)

(Newser) - If "gynecologist keeps his license after dyeing employee's vagina purple as a 'joke'" isn't a headline that catches your attention, stop reading. For everyone else: This case out of Colorado, in which even the judge uttered an "oh my God," involves Dr. Barry... More »

Someone Put Googly Eyes on Statue, City Is Not Amused

Savannah would like to know who vandal is, gets a social media earful about its priorities

(Newser) - "It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it's a crime," the city of Savannah, Ga., said in a Facebook post detailing the nature of the crime. It seems that someone thought it would be clever to... More »

Sotheby's After $1.1M Sale: 'We've Just Been Banksy'ed'

Auctioned painting self-destructed soon after sale went through

(Newser) - Newsweek is saying it could be Banksy's "most jaw-dropping trick yet," and it would be hard to find anyone who disagrees. It happened Friday night at a Sotheby's auction in London, when the enigmatic street artist's 2006 Girl With Balloon painting was sold off... More »

School District Yanks Senior From Graduation Due to Prank

Kylan Scheele admits he put high school up for sale on Craigslist but says it was all in good fun

(Newser) - While some of his classmates had more ambitious senior pranks in the works, such as setting live mice loose, Kylan Scheele decided to do something "more laid-back," he tells FOX4 —a joke that has now resulted in him getting yanked from walking in graduation. The 18-year-old Missourian,... More »

Fake Terror Attack Sends Shoppers Screaming

All to promote a film about the Islamic State

(Newser) - A new generation of YouTube stars are staging prank terror attacks in public and angering a few people along the way, the Guardian reports. On Tuesday men stormed a mall in Iran wearing black Islamic State garb and crying "Allahu Akbar"—causing some shoppers to scream in terror... More »

In-N-Out Burger Files Legal Action Against YouTube Prankster

He claimed to be CEO, demanded food

(Newser) - In-N-Out Burger isn't laughing about a YouTube prankster who claimed to be the company's CEO making a surprise visit. The burger chain has gone to court to seek a restraining order against prankster Cody Roeder, whose videos appeared on his popular "Trollmunchies" YouTube channel, the OC Register... More »

Someone Gave Treasury Sec a Box of Poop

From 'the American people;' Secret Service is investigating

(Newser) - It wasn't exactly a flaming bag of dog poop, but Steve Mnuchin lives in a nicer than average neighborhood: Authorities say a gift-wrapped box of horse manure addressed to the US Treasury secretary was found near his home in Los Angeles, reports the AP . The package was found Saturday... More »

Teens' Game of 'Ding Dong Ditch' Escalates to Stabbing

14-year-old boys arrested on suspicion of assault

(Newser) - "I think the concept of 'ding dong ditch' has been around pretty much since the invention of the door and since teenagers have been in existence," KOMO quotes a spokesperson for the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office as saying. "Obviously they don't normally end with... More »

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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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 »

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