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Hoaxers Plan Global UFO Prank

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Watch the skies on April 5. You might be lucky enough to see a “UFO.” The current crop of UFOlogists might not find this funny, but I can’t help but think that infamous characters like Gray Barker would have been amused.

Via Yahoo News:

Dozens of volunteers around the world have signed up for what may be the biggest prank in history – using decades of knowledge of ‘UFO sightings’ to time the launch perfectly.

The ‘aliens’ will be strips of LED lights, on remote-controlled multi-rotor drone aircraft – launched at 8pm, so there are plenty of people to see the ‘invaders’, and held at a distance where it’s difficult to see what’s behind the glowing lights.

Nigel Watson, author of the Haynes UFO Investigations manual found plans to “cause a wave of UFO sightings around the world and an apocalypse-like idea in the media,” on forums frequented by drone fans.

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R.U. Sirius on Joaquin Phoenix And Stealing the Singularity

im_still_here_xlgTech philosopher, thinker and cultural provocateur Ken “R.U. Sirous” Goffman considers the necessity of the Trickster in the march toward the Singularity.

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Once home, I decided to finally watch I’m Still Here — the Casey Affleck film documenting Joaquin Phoenix’ supposed attempt to leave behind his acting career to become a rap star. Fat; with long uncombed hair and scraggly beard, dressed like a particularly disheveled street person — throughout the film, Phoenix, along with some of his “handlers,” displays a full repertoire of coarse, vulgar, moronic human behaviors as he tries to pursue his new career. He also appears in onstage performances, rapping… badly. Various media commentators suspect that it’s a hoax, but Phoenix remains in character. He puts Ben Stiller — trying to get Phoenix to consider a script — through the ringer. He acts pathetic and nuts in a famous Letterman appearance. He’s trying to get Sean Combs to produce a rap album for him.

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Man ‘Makes It Snow’ At Mall of America By Tossing $1000 From Fourth Floor

make-it-rain-1jk6On Black Friday? Thank Consumer Jesus that there wasn’t a riot.

Via HuffPo:

A 29-year-old Minnesota man who says he was trying to spread holiday cheer by tossing 1,000 dollar bills over an upper floor railing at the Mall of America has been cited for disorderly conduct.

Serge Vorobyov, of Apple Valley, admitted throwing his “last $1,000″ from the fourth floor on Friday as a choir performed “Let it Snow.” Vorobyov said he also kept tossing cash as he continued down the escalator.

Vorobyov said he’s going through a divorce, lost his car hauling business and hoped the positivity of throwing the money would come back to him.

“I wanted to do some sort of pay it forward kind of thing,” Vorobyov said Sunday.

He invited his estranged wife to try to win her back but she didn’t show up, he said.

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‘Windy City Heat’: The Greatest Trick Comedy Ever Pulled

220px-WindycityheatSteven Hyden at Grantland wrote a piece about legendary movie-within-a-movie Windy City Heat, a film that is ostensibly about a “sports detective”, but is actually about a terrible actor who believes he’s in a movie about a “sports detective”. Oh, and if you’re interested in a more straightforward documentary on the corrosive quality of sudden fame, I strongly recommend Overnight, a film that profiles the sudden rise and ego-fueled fall of Boondock Saints director Troy Duffy.

Via Grantland:

Based on what I’ve briefly related about Windy City Heat, you’ve likely reached an obvious conclusion: There’s no way that the film-within-the-film is for real. You’d have to be pretty dense not to recognize the signs — Caravello is clearly a terrible actor, the sports detective premise is ludicrous, and the Fridge is far too dignified to appear in such a low-rent project.

Sure enough, a series of inserts appearing over the opening scene informs the audience that all of this Stone Fury business is really an elaborate prank that everyone is in on except for Caravello.

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Clown Spooking Northern Irish City Turns Himself In To Police

clownTerrifying harlequins inexplicably haunting sleepy UK towns has officially reached epidemic status. The BBC reports on the latest, the self-proclaimed Carrick “Killer Clown”:

A clown has turned himself in to the police after alarm was raised among frightened parents in County Antrim. Mysterious pictures online of a clown and a balaclava-wearing sidekick have caused a stir in the town.

Police said they started an investigation after receiving reports from parents that their children were frightened of the clown. The mystery man, who calls himself the Carrick “Killer Clown”, contacted the police following the appeal to apologise for any distress.

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Alabama Radio Station’s Alien Invasion Spoof Causes Mass Panic

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A little more healthy skepticism could be of benefit. Via al.com:

A radio promotion spoofing aliens hacking into a Florence, Alabama radio station spooked students into believing schools would be attacked.

To bring attention to a format change at Star 94.9, Brian Rickman, program director for Shoals Radio Group, said the station on Monday began airing conversations between aliens.

“The concept being that they heard our frequency several light years away, they didn’t like Justin Bieber and the pop music we were playing and they were going to take over the radio station and adjust the format,” Rickman said.

A flood of phone messages were awaiting Rickman when he got to work Tuesday, he said, including those from police and superintendents of area school systems. Law enforcement still decided to put extra security on campuses as the aliens announced that they would be taking over the radio station at 9 a.m. today.

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Fake Signs On California Highways Warn Of Enforcer Drones

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Would you bat an eye if you saw this sign? Via NBC News:

California commuters may have been alarmed last week by highway signs that warned them that they were being watched by missile-equipped drones. But the signs were fake, installed by an artist from Napa, and have quickly been taken down by the California Highway Patrol.

“The motivation is partially political and partially a prank,” the artist Stephen Whisler, who lives in Napa, Calif., told NBC News, explaining why the “Speed enforced by drones” signs he put up last Monday show a Predator firing a missile.

The California Highway Patrol was still investigating the issue, and has yet to decide if they’re filing charges. Meanwhile, Whisler has been waiting. “I’m sort of surprised, I’m expecting them to show up any moment,” he said.

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Andy Kaufman Has a New Album Out. Maybe. Probably Not.

0Andy Kaufman’s provocative comedy career continues beyond the grave?

Could Andy Kaufman be pulling off the biggest prank of his exceptionally strange life in comedy, almost 30 years after his death? Vernon Chatman isn’t at liberty to say.

Chatman, a fellow comedian perhaps best known for co-creating the cult sketch show Wonder Showzen and as the voice of Towelie on South Park, compiled the brand-new comedy album Andy and His Grandmother. Full of eccentric real-life moments, with the late comedian toying with the minds of his girlfriends, talking to cops and hookers in assumed voices and, yes, chatting with his grandmother, the album was culled from 82 hours of tapes Kaufman recorded for his planned debut album, which never came to pass after his death, reportedly of lung cancer, at age 35.

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A Classic Prank From Edgar Allan Poe And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Regardless of whether or not this actually happened, it would be great to attempt to device a 2013-appropriate version. io9 writes:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was supposedly the orchestrator of a cruel joke. One night, bored and idly toying with wicked thoughts, he decided to send a note to five of his friends. The note would be delivered anonymously. It would have no signature, and would contain no information. It would only say, “We are discovered. Flee!”

At his next dinner party, his social circle was abuzz with the sudden, and total, disappearance of one of the people he sent the notes to. The person was never heard from again.

But the story didn’t start or end with him. Edgar Allan Poe also was said to have done such a thing. He might even be said to be the better author to pair with the story, since he had more of a devilish sense of humor.

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