May 29, 2015 |
SOMETIMES A caller will ring Dr. Lou's Place, order a sandwich and not come by to pick it up. That had been the worst prank call that owner Lou Pica could recall at his little corner bar near the Delaware River in Roebling, Burlington County - until the phone rang on a Saturday afternoon last month. "They said there was a bomb in the building, and the bartender laughed it off and hung up," Pica said. "It sounded like a kid. " The caller also called the police. That's how a SWAT team wound up in Lou Pica's bar on April 11, rifles drawn, moving slowly past his pool table, his pictures of Elvis and half-empty beer bottles, looking for a bomb that wasn't there.
April 3, 2015 |
TOM BRADY staged a pretty good April Fools' Day stunt yesterday. The Patriots quarterback has been taking some needless risks while vacationing in the Bahamas, including diving off a 40-foot cliff and playing one-on-one against Michael Jordan. So yesterday on Facebook, Brady posted a doctored photo of himself in a full-body cast with Jordan's signature on his left leg. Something tells us Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't find it very funny. Career in 'Jeopardy!
February 21, 2015 |
The man stabbed to death Wednesday at a Franconia meatpacking plant had feuded with and pranked the coworker who is now charged with killing him, prosecutors said Thursday. Peter Jok Atem, 32, allegedly stabbed Danny Vazquez, 25, and then slashed his own neck Wednesday morning at the Mopac plant on Souder Road, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said. One employee told investigators that Atem and Vazquez had been "having words back and forth . . . for the past six months," according to the criminal complaint.
February 20, 2015 |
THERE IS NOTHING funny about the fallout from an office "prank" at a Montgomery County meat-processing plant. A man was killed Wednesday, brutally stabbed by a co-worker who then allegedly turned the knife on himself after promising to "see you in hell," officials said yesterday. And it all apparently traces back to when the victim tried to pull the chair out from underneath his alleged attacker, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a statement. Peter Jok Atem, 32, has been charged with first-degree murder and related offenses in the slaying of Danny Vazquez, 25, with whom he worked at the MOPAC plant in Franconia Township, Ferman said.
October 31, 2014 |
THE BODY was still warm when Detective Ed Bassmaster arrived on the scene, another life snuffed out on the streets he's sworn to protect. Bassmaster's white dress shirt was triple-starched, his hair an unmovable force against the autumn wind and, behind those aviators, there was surely a steely glint in his eyes. Some scumbag was gonna go down hard for this one, but first a cameraman had to check a battery pack dangling out of an open zipper in Bassmaster's pants, real up close and personal, and they both cracked up laughing.
July 31, 2014 |
SOME THINGS never change. Most importantly for the Wayans brothers , it's sibling pranks. Marlon , Shawn , Damon and Keenen Ivory Wayans will play the Tower Theater on Saturday, each performing his own stand-up set. Their travels together have opened them up to continuous sibling ribbing. Keenen, the elder statesman of the famous clan, remembered that when he was a kid, Shawn and Marlon would insist on hanging out with him. When he rebuffed his younger brothers, they would douse his towel in vinegar while he was showering.
May 16, 2014 |
FIFTH-GRADERS have been sent to kindergarten. An eighth-grader was banished to first grade. Draconian "behavior contracts" stipulate to whom certain children can speak and where they can eat breakfast. These are among the incidents that have fueled concerns at Bache-Martin Elementary in Fairmount this year, and left parents asking: What has happened to our school? "It's ridiculous compared to how it used to be. It used to be better," said Millie Martinez, who discovered last month that her fifth-grade son was actually spending time in first grade because he didn't have a teacher.
April 3, 2014 |
TRICKSTERS within Mayor Nutter's office of communications teamed up to prank his press secretary for April Fools' yesterday, with members of the City Hall press corps in on it. "Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City officials outlined an action plan to address the dramatic increase in feral turtles along the Schuylkill River," the "official" news release read. Before its issuance at midday, Nutter's staff tipped off the media to the spoof. Some reporters played along in the second-floor hallway outside the mayor's office to "cover" Nutter's comments and watch him "demand an explanation" from press secretary Mark McDonald as to why the feral turtles were an issue.
May 2, 2013 |
After Oakland's Brandon Moss hit the two-out, walk-off home run that gave the Athletics a 10-8 win over the Los Angeles Angels in 19 innings on Monday night (actually early Tuesday morning), he didn't wait for his teammates to play the traditional postgame TV interview prank. The ex-Lehigh Valley IronPig hit himself in the face with a shaving-cream pie. Seems the A's have a designated pie-thrower (it is in the American League, after all) in outfielder Josh Reddick, but he was too tired to fulfill the task.
February 20, 2013 |
AH, THOSE wacky Cubbies. While hunting quail last December, Cubs manager Dale Sveum was accidentally shot in the right ear and back by former major leaguer Robin Yount. Thankfully, they were using BBs and Sveum wasn't seriously injured. Fast-forward to Sunday in the Cubs' spring training clubhouse in Meza, Ariz. The second-year skipper was meeting with the team when the players sprung into action. "Halfway into the meeting they all took their jackets off and they all had bright orange hunting gear on, and hats," Sveum told the Associated Press.