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March 1, 2011
HEY MIKE TROUT, welcome to the big leagues. Trout, the Los Angeles Angels' top prospect, by way of Millville (N.J.) High, was the subject of a good-natured - and diabolically annoying - prank during yesterday's spring training game against the Oakland Athletics in Tempe, Ariz. According to Kevin Baxter's blog for the Los Angeles Times, a message popped up on the rightfield scoreboard numerous times during the game exhorting fans to call "Mike Trout directly with your baseball questions.
NEWS
May 5, 1998 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
A girl is treated with oxygen after pranksters released pepper spray at Southwark Elementary School, 9th and Mifflin streets, yesterday. The school was evacuated at around 1:30 p.m. when pupils and teachers became ill with watery eyes, vomiting, choking, coughing and nausea. Sixteen pupils, a teacher and a teacher's aide received hospital treatment. Officials saw kids running from the first-floor stairwell where the pepper canister was found.
NEWS
April 11, 1990 | By Judy Baehr, Special to The Inquirer
On March 7 in Willingboro, a decapitated dog was found in a township park. On March 11 in Washington Township, a disemboweled rabbit was nailed to a tree under which a bloodstained cup and a "Satanic Calendar" were found. In early March in Camden, tombstones were toppled in Harleigh and Evergreen Cemeteries. In Gloucester City, a stanchion beneath the Walt Whitman Bridge was spray-painted with pentagrams, triple sixes and inverted crosses. Juvenile pranks or something more sinister?
NEWS
May 13, 2002 | By Sandy Bauers INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fame comes easily in Beautiful Downtown Thornton. All Jimmy Plyler and Debbie Phillips did was paint two wooden signs 30-odd years ago and nail them to telephone poles. It was one of those silly, kid-style pranks, and by now, neither can quite recall the details. They're pretty sure they were in seventh grade. They're almost certain Plyler was the instigator. And they know for a fact it was the dark of night, about 11 p.m., when they snuck out with the Phillipses' ladder.
NEWS
May 26, 2010
Philadelphia police said Wednesday night that a report of an abduction earlier in the day turned out to be a bachelor party prank. Lt. Frank Vanore said police determined that all parties were safe. Earlier Wednesday, police began investigating a reported kidnapping in the parking lot of a restaurant along the Delaware River and released photos of a van that supposedly was used in the incident.
NEWS
April 5, 1994 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A woman was shot outside a Northeast Philadelphia apartment yesterday during a prank that police said was linked to an ethnic tradition. Police said Dingus Day, celebrated Easter Monday by some Polish people, includes soaking friends, relatives or neighbors with water in fun. Yesterday, when Dolores Montone, 49, startled a friend by throwing water on him, he accidentally shot her in the chest with a handgun, police said. Montone was treated at Frankford Hospital's Torresdale Campus and later released.
SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
September 6, 1987 | By Vanessa Herron, Inquirer Staff Writer
An unfounded rumor is making the rounds. Two housepainters told it to a carpenter, who told his wife, who told her friend: A local restaurant has announced that it hires AIDS victims. If so many people heard the story, it must be true, right? Wrong, says Deacon Parthree, assistant manager of the restaurant in question: McDonald's at Route 30 and Green Street in Downingtown. Parthree said the rumor resulted from a prank. A group of teenage boys were asked not to hang around outside the McDonald's during recent construction.
NEWS
November 4, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
A Transportation Security Administration worker who pretended to find drugs in a passenger's bag at Philadelphia International Airport in January had played the prank more than once and told one of his victims that "she would have to admit it was funny," according to TSA documents. The documents, which detail the dopey antics of a bomb-appraisal officer whose name has been blacked out, were released on the Smoking Gun website this week. The Inquirer broke the story of Rebecca Solomon, 22, who on Jan. 5 became the unsuspecting butt of the officer's joke when he pretended to find a white, powdery substance in her luggage.
NEWS
May 28, 2010 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
There are plenty of reasons why eating feces is bad for you, and a judge has ordered the South Jersey teen who defecated in a classmate's soda to detail them all in an essay. Prosecutors dropped an aggravated-assault charge against the 17-year-old Haddon Township High School student after he pleaded guilty in Camden County Superior Court yesterday to tampering with a food product. As a result, he'll be on probation, and must serve 200 hours of community service and apologize to the victim by letter.
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NEWS
August 6, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
The search for whoever assaulted hitchBOT over the weekend, tearing the little globe-trotting robot limb from limb, took a dark turn Tuesday on social media, where speculation grew that video of the attack may have been a prank - and, late in the day, two pranksters appeared to say as much. Typical of the prevailing sentiment was this post from Metro Philly: "The surveillance vid of #hitchBOT's demise was just a crude ploy by 2 local funnymen to further their own fame. " The main focus of the posts was Jesse Wellens, who early Saturday tweeted a picture showing the bot in the backseat of a car, and later that night chastised the city for the attack on hitchBOT.
NEWS
August 4, 2015 | Jason Nark, Daily News Staff Writernarkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
The world is full of terrible and average people, lots of half-decent ones who do dumb things when they're drunk, and those rare heroes who lift our collective spirits with a game-winning touchdown or successful round of CPR. That whole mishmash of humanity exists in Philly, like a plate of steaming scrapple, and it's evident in the people offering to rebuild a hitchhiking Canadian robot and those who allegedly jumped him over the weekend in...
SPORTS
July 22, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE JOKE was on outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, but he didn't find it a bit funny. Blatter, who resigned as the soccer organization's leader last month amid a corruption scandal, had called a news conference yesterday to announce that an election for his successor would be held in February. Before he could begin, however, British comedian Simon Brodkin walked up to Blatter and placed a large pile of funny money on the table. We know it was fake money because if it had been real, Blatter would have pocketed it. In a video that has gone viral, Brodkin introduced himself as a delegate from North Korea and said the money was a bribe to secure the 2026 World Cup. Blatter called for security and, as two men approached, Brodkin threw another stack of "bills" into the air creating a hilarious scene in which "money" rained down on Blatter.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
SPORTS
April 3, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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!
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
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.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER & SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
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.
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