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'Prankster' Cements Head in Microwave

Firefighters were 'seriously unimpressed'

(Newser) - There's stupid, there's extremely stupid, and then there's "cementing your head inside a microwave" stupid. Firefighters in Wolverhampton, England, say they were "seriously unimpressed" after five of them had to spend an hour dealing with a case of the latter Thursday, the BBC reports. The... More »

Parents Sentenced for Child Neglect Over YouTube Videos

'Prank' videos showed parents screaming, cursing at crying children

(Newser) - A Maryland couple whose YouTube prank videos garnered them accusations of child abuse were sentenced to five years probation on child neglect charges Monday, BuzzFeed reports. Michael and Heather Martin entered a plea to avoid jail time, admitting the state had enough to convict them without actually admitting guilt. The... 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 »

Teen Severely Burned by 'Hot Water Challenge'

He suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns on his neck

(Newser) - A teen boy is recovering from severe burns in Arkansas after he awoke to scalding hot water being dumped on him at a sleepover. Nickolas Conrad, who is 15, was treated at a hospital in Little Rock for first and second degree burns on his neck and under his arm,... More »

Anti-Immigration Group on Pic of Empty Bus Seats: 'Terrifying'

Members of the group thought the seats were women in burqas

(Newser) - One Facebook user says—as per the Washington Post —it's proof "the meanest are also the stupidest": a photo of six empty bus seats mistaken by a Norwegian anti-immigrant group for women in burqas. Johan Slattavik, who calls himself "Norway's worst web troll," says... 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 »

'Hollyweed' Prankster Gives Himself Up

Surrenders to police on trespassing charge

(Newser) - The alleged Hollyweed prankster has been apprehended. Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, turned himself in to Los Angeles Police Department detectives Monday on suspicion of trespassing in the wee hours of New Year's Day in order to alter the iconic Hollywood sign to read "Hollyweed," reports the Los ... More »

Someone Filmed a Fake Human Sacrifice at CERN

Esteemed Euro physics lab trying to figure out who staged creepy 'spoof'

(Newser) - "Prankster" may not be the first word that comes to mind when describing a scientist, but a group of them at Switzerland's European Organization for Nuclear Research (aka CERN) may have just elevated the term in an odd and creepy way. The Guardian reports the research organization is... 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 »

Teen Who Flashed Genitals in Yearbook Is Off the Hook

Hunter Osborn, 19, lucks out after scandalous photo

(Newser) - Hunter Osborn probably won't feel like pulling any pranks in the near future, but it looks like he's off the hook for his last one. The 19-year-old student at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz., was hit with 69 counts of indecent exposure over the weekend, plus... More »

Teen Charged After Flashing Genitals in Yearbook Prank

Arizona's Hunter Osborn hit with 69 counts of indecent exposure

(Newser) - A 19-year-old high school football player in Mesa, Ariz., has been hit with 69 counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure after school officials discovered he had flashed his genitals in a yearbook photo, CBS News reports. Hunter Osborn also has a felony charge of furnishing harmful items to minors after he... 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 »

Guy 'Pranks' Wendy's Drive-Thru With 3-Foot Gator

Joshua James now in jail over October stunt

(Newser) - Wendy's does not accept alligators for payment, FYI. That's something 23-year-old Joshua James learned Monday when he was arrested for allegedly throwing a three-and-a-half-foot gator into a drive-thru window in Loxahatchee, Fla. Police say James found the gator on the side of a road and threw it into... More »

Guy Invents the 'World's Worst Smell'

It smells like 'butt crack…with a hint of dead animal'

(Newser) - Imagine the worst smell you can think of. Now imagine the scent of "butt crack…with a hint of dead animal." That's how Allen Wittman, 45, describes his creation, Liquid ASS —a smelly spray initially intended to be used in pranks. "We package Liquid ASS... More »

Cards Against Humanity Makes $71K Selling Nothing

The Black Friday prank involved employees unveiling how they spent the windfall

(Newser) - Anyone familiar with the Kickstarter game Cards Against Humanity ("A party game for horrible people") has likely also heard about its previous Black Friday antics, including selling actual bullshit, reports Gizmodo . This year the people behind the game have taken their tongue-in-cheek approach a step further by offering... More »

Okla. Mayor: Hubby's KKK Getup a 'Prank Gone Bad'

Husband dressed up in a white robe, made it look like cross was burning

(Newser) - Misty Meister was walking down a street in Lahoma, Okla., on Halloween night when she saw a group of adults wearing Ku Klux Klan robes and, she claims, burning a cross. She reported the incident—and though no charges were filed, it's making headlines because one of the people... More »

Trump Trolls Rubio With Gift for His 'Sweating'

Rubio's response: 'I only sweat when it's hot'

(Newser) - You probably remember Marco Rubio's infamous water break during the Republican State of the Union response a few years back. So, apparently, does Donald Trump. Continuing his favorite pastime of picking on Rubio for his supposed frequent and heavy perspiration, Trump sent the fellow presidential candidate a care package... More »

Target Troll Returns to Stick Up for Rainbow Doritos

Haters are 'slowing down collective progress for all humanity': Mike Melgaard

(Newser) - Mike Melgaard is at it again. The guy who famously trolled folks outraged that Target was taking down gender-specific signage is back, this time lending his "customer service" skills to the Doritos brand, Time reports. After Doritos' rainbow-colored chips debuted last week as a sign of support for LGBT... More »

Alex Trebek Gets Pranked on Jeopardy!

He says 'Turd Ferguson,' just like Will Ferrell's Trebek

(Newser) - Alex Trebek got pranked pretty good on yesterday's Jeopardy!. Contestant Talia couldn't solve the final clue, Entertainment Weekly reports, so instead of making a real guess, she wrote: "What is the love ballad of Turd Ferguson. P.S. Hi Mom" as her answer (er, question). Of course,... More »

Sorry, Elton, Putin Didn't Invite You to Gay Parade

Phone call between singer, Russian president was a prank

(Newser) - "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" will probably be set to "Repeat" on Elton John's playlist after he gets word he won't be going to Moscow at Vladimir Putin's invite after all. The singer has publicly said in the past he wants to engage... More »

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