In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Prank you very much

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) A recent stunt to "hack" the Super Bowl got this column going on people who stage pranks and then chronicle their exploits online. It's funny stuff — as long as you're not the ones being pranked. (Do keep in mind that some prank sites include profanity and adult situations.)


John Hargrave, author of "Prank the Monkey," claims to have pulled off one of the biggest stunts of all time: crashing the recent Super Bowl in Miami. I use the word "claims," because Hargave's prank site, Zug, has a few articles relishing instances when its pranksters have fooled the media with hoaxes — such as getting news outlets to repeat a rumor that "American Idol" wannabe William Hung had died of a drug overdose. (He obviously hasn't.) Hargrave has been recounting his Super Bowl stunt in a six-part series that concludes today on Zug. So far, he has explained how he came up with an idea to distribute 2,350 lights to fans at the NFL's big game under the pretense that they would be spelling out "PRINCE" while the singer performed at halftime. In reality, they would be creating a secret message for all the world to see during the show, a big-league joke costing him a reported $40,000. I called Hargrave to find out if he really pulled off the stunt, no small feat considering security at the Super Bowl. He assured me that he and his cohorts did and that the media would be all over it once someone figures out the secret message after his final chapter goes online today. So far, I'm the only member of the media all over this scoop. I just don't know what it is. He did ask during the phone call if I could please mention his new book, "Prank the Monkey." Ah, so that's it: He recounts a supposed publicity stunt just to see if he can get his new book, "Prank the Monkey," mentioned in a major daily newspaper. As if I'm going to fall for that.


Perhaps you remember Charlie Todd and his Improv Anywhere accomplices from their brilliant Best Buy stunt last year — in which dozens of ordinary people wearing blue polo shirts walked into the electronics superstore and, if asked, helped customers, much to the dismay of managers. Their latest stunt harked back to tradition: the site's annual No Pants Subway Ride. This year, on Jan. 13, about 300 people rode the New York City subway without pants, all acting as if that were a perfectly normal thing to do. "We're out to prove that a prank doesn't have to involve humiliation or embarrassment," the site explains. "It can simply be about making someone laugh, smile, or stop to notice the world around them." Mission accomplished.


Scott Ableman's gallery on the photo-sharing site Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/ableman) marks the occasion when he and his InPhonic co-workers covered their colleague Walt's Jaguar from bumper to bumper with Post-it notes in October. I think Walt got the message.


The MIT Hack Gallery provides visual evidence of the many times when the university's students have hacked, or pulled a prank, on campus. Many stunts involve doing something to or on the impressive Great Dome, the roof of Building 10. For example, on Sept. 11, a 25-foot fire truck was covertly placed high atop the dome to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.


Speaking of campus shenanigans, the online Museum of Hoaxes offers its detailed list of "The Top 10 College Pranks of All Time." Topping the list is the Great Rose Bowl Hoax, which co-opted the big 1961 football game between the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and the University of Washington Huskies. Pranksters from Caltech, not too far from the stadium in Pasadena, Calif., raided the Huskies' halftime flip-card show and reworked it so that the crowd spelled out "CALTECH" during the live TV broadcast. Hey, maybe crashing a major football game isn't that hard after all.

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.


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