A Prank Goes Awry

Or Why you shouldn’t be friends with morons:

MANCHESTER, Vt. – Police say a Vermont man who believed he was holding an air gun shot his sleeping friend dead in bed with a .22-caliber rifle.

Manchester police told WCAX-TV that the two friends were staying at another friend’s home Thursday. Police say 23-year-old Nicholas Bell of Manchester was hoping to play a prank on his friend and wake him up with an air gun.

But authorities say Bell ended up firing a shot from a loaded rifle into the chest of 24-year-old Jeffrey Charbonneau of Manchester, and he died.

(via J-Walk)

The Fast Food Job Application Prank

From Cockeyed:

Behold, the fast-food job application. One sheet, two sides, filled with questions from top to bottom.

Where did you go to high school? Did you graduate? What was your GPA? Do you have any employment experience? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Are you willing to work overtime? What are the phone numbers of the last 10 places you worked?

They don’t need to know all this stuff. This is a job at a fast food place. They don’t reject poor students. They don’t reject potheads.

They are probably just going to hire you based on your looks, although technically, they probably want to check if you can read and write, and if you can will follow directions.

They know you will search your soul to answer every question, so they just ask everything they can think of on there.

And look! They leave a stack them right out in the open. Where diners can grab an application off of the pad. Or leave a new pad. A fake pad.

In the winter of 2008, I started noticing that all of the fast food places near work had these little acrylic application holders out in the open. So, I got to work designing a new job application, with much more entertaining questions. All I had to do was remove the spaces for “the last ten places you worked” and there was more than enough room for every question I could dream up.

To blend into any setting, I invented the fast-food conglomerate Serv-Joy. With this logo, a better name would be “GoatSe.rv-Joy”.

It was an application best described as absurd. My goal was to create questions that were ridiculous, contradictory and just a little seedy.

(via J-Walk)

Sarah Palin Gets Prank Called – Seriously

MONTREAL — A Quebec comedy duo notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state has reached Sarah Palin, convincing the Republican vice-presidential nominee she was speaking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

From The Telegraph:

In a six-minute call with Marc-Antoine Audette, part of a comedy duo notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state, Mrs Palin said that “maybe in eight years” she will be president.

Campaign aides offered no explanation of how the hoax call was accepted with a spokesman simply said: “C’est la vie.”

Though Mrs Palin did not drop a real clanger, there were several clues that her caller might be bogus.

Playing off Mr Palin’s much-mocked comment in an early television interview that she had insights into foreign policy because “you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska,” the caller tells her: “You know we have a lot in common also, because except from my house I can see Belgium.”

She replies: “Well, see, we’re right next door to different countries that we all need to be working with, yes.”

(Thanks David from Atheist Media Blog)

Jean Shepherd’s ‘I, Libertine’ Hoax

From WFMU’s Beware of the Blog:

Over 50 years ago, one of the greatest media hoaxes ever was foisted upon New York City and the world at large. Overnight WOR-AM radio show host Jean Shepherd asked his listeners (“the Night People”) to go into bookstores and ask for a book that didn’t exist. Armed with a fictitious title and author, along with a vague plot outline, the Night People got their hooks in wherever they could. Fueled by bewildered bookstore owners and distributors, I, Libertine eventually did end up as a genuine bestseller. The crazy tale is recounted here in Shep’s own words on Long John Nebel’s radio show from 1968.

MIT Hacks John Harvard Statue

From The Tech:

In recognition of the release of Halo 3, a highly anticipated video game by Microsoft and Bungie, MIT hackers adorned the John P. Harvard statue, in Harvard Yard, with a Spartan helmet. The back of the helmet, which is worn by the protagonist of the game, Master Chief, was labeled with “Master Chief in Training.” The statue was decorated with an assault rifle (bullet count of 2E), as well as a Beaver emblem on the right shoulder.

And here is what the statue normally looks like.

Well, picture it without the purple lei.

The Yankee Stadium Proposal Prank

With video:

Last week, the kids at College Humor pulled off what we’d have to consider a prank of epic proportions; one guy put a fake marriage proposal on the big screen at Yankee Stadium as his friend, the object of the prank, sat agape with his girlfriend, who, amazingly, said “yes” before he had a chance to alert her to the joke. When we first watched it, it seemed too over-the-top to be real. But we’ve spoken with Amir Blumenfeld, the architect of the prank, and we now can merely salute him. (We think.)

It looks to me like it is staged. The Streeter guy isn’t a very good actor.