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City Workers Hurt in 'Absolute Embarrassment' of a Prank

2 Detroit municipal employees injured after someone put firecrackers under toilet seats

(Newser) - "Two things that don't mix—firecrackers and toilets." That's an understatement from FOX 2 after an apparent prank gone awry in Detroit resulted in injuries to two municipal employees. The Metro Times reports the General Services Department workers were hurt Wednesday after they used toilets in... More »

Police 'All Come Running' Over Tasteless Prank

Find in New York park sparked huge investigation

(Newser) - New Yorkers went from horror to disbelief Tuesday when an apparent dead baby turned out to be a discarded doll, NBC New York reports. Emergency responders declared the "child" dead before 8am in a Queens park, triggering the arrival of at least 100 cops who pitched a crime-scene tent... More »

Victims on New Netflix Show Think They've Got a Job. But No.

'Prank Encounters' is already getting criticized online

(Newser) - A new Netflix show is taking heat for punking people who believe they've just scored an exciting new job, Fox News reports. Hosted and co-exec produced by Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo, Prank Encounters will air later in 2019 and follow its unwitting victims with hidden cameras. "Each... More »

'Heartless' Prank With Oreo Earns YouTuber Jail Sentence

Kanghua Ren, aka ReSet, filled cookie with toothpaste

(Newser) - A prank called "heartless" and "disgusting" has now earned its perpetrator jail time and a hefty fine. YouTuber ReSet—real name Kanghua Ren—has been given a 15-month jail sentence by a court in Barcelona, Spain, and has to fork over $22,300 to a homeless man after... More »

Depp's Latest on Heard: She Pooped in My Bed

Actor firing back at ex-wife, saying she was the 'perpetrator' and he was the 'victim'

(Newser) - The ball was in Johnny Depp's court, and he just hurled it. Following a $50 million defamation lawsuit the 55-year-old actor filed earlier this year against ex-wife Amber Heard, the 33-year-old actress offered her rebuke in the form of an April motion outlining what she says was a litany... More »

YouTube Addresses Your Asinine, Dangerous Challenges

Site bans 'pranks with a perceived danger of serious physical injury'

(Newser) - A minor accident caused when a teen allegedly tried to drive with her eyes covered , in imitation of scenes from Netflix's Bird Box, was apparently just the start. Per the Verge , YouTube's Tide Pod challenge has given way to the Bird Box challenge, in which users film themselves... More »

Boy, 14, Charged With Murder After Egging Leads to Death

Woman was killed as fleeing boys allegedly ran red light, hit her truck

(Newser) - An egging prank ended with a murder charge after a New Year's Day tragedy near Houston. Police say a 14-year-old male driver and two teenage passengers were inside a GMC Acadia Tuesday afternoon, throwing eggs at cars driving by on a road in Aldine, when the driver of one... More »

Cops: Fight Leads to Fiery Feces

Dylan Printz, 18, charged with arson after police say he left burning bag of dog poop on Pa. porch

(Newser) - It may have been Christmas Eve, but those weren't reindeer droppings left at a home in Shippensburg, Pa. The Smoking Gun reports on a "crappy" prank that now has 18-year-old Dylan Printz charged with arson and risking catastrophe. Cops responded around 3am Monday to a report of a... More »

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 »

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