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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.)

www.zug.com

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.

www.improveverywhere.com

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.

www.startribune.com/a2298

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.

hacks.mit.edu

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.

www.museumofhoaxes.com/newsletter/nov2002.html

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.



Previously:

How much is enough?
Sound off
Readers have questions, concerns
Quick, give me a word
Driving you crazy
The joy of Bob Ross
Online goes prime time
You don't need to know this
Remembering the creator of Scooby-Doo
Do-it-yourself art
‘Leave me alone!’
Special deliveries
Weight-loss journeys
Daily routines
Working without a map
Just you watch!
New year, new diet
Your mail answered
Chatting: Central characters
Wonders never cease
Secret messages
For your consideration
Freaky food forays
Best of 2006 online
Missed marketing
H.G. Wells’ legacy endures
A quest for dragons
E-mails you've sent
In the news
It's free!
Websites that help you find books that are right for you
Coping with illness
Some serious face time
Some serious face time
In reply to your e-mail ...
Turn your handwriting into a computer-based font that will allow you to churn out homespun greetings
Music for everyone
'Elusive planet' can be viewed clearly from Earth with the naked eye
Central characters
E-mail @ 35
Idle chatter
Funny money
Classic artwork in motion
For an unusual Thanksgiving
Your slip is showing
Best of the worst
Test your mind power
Remain anonymous

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