Pranks http://nhpr.org en 4.1.14: Pranks, Hoaxes & Cons, Oh My! http://nhpr.org/post/4114-pranks-hoaxes-cons-oh-my <p></p><p>Happy April Fools! All jokes aside, we have a no-fooling show with a look at all sides of pranks, hoaxes, cons, and the experts who study and make them happen. Whether you're the creative pranker or the reluctant prankee - we've got the April Fools show for you. Oh, and don't forget your headphones! You know, just in case you can't listen inside your plastic-wrapped car.</p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:18:33 +0000 Word of Mouth 45976 at http://nhpr.org 4.1.14: Pranks, Hoaxes & Cons, Oh My! Best Pranks, Hoaxes & Cons In History http://nhpr.org/post/best-pranks-hoaxes-cons-history <p></p><p>April 1st. A day dedicated to rubber bands on faucets, tinfoil-wrapped cubicles, plastic-wrapped cars, and universal remotes. A lot of terms are thrown around in connection to April 1st&nbsp; - <em>prank</em>, <em>hoax</em>, <em>practical joke</em>, <em>con</em>, <em>gag</em>, <em>shenanigan</em>. While we can likely agree that all of these terms have some aspect of "fooling," how do they differ in nefarious-ness? So let's get down to it -&nbsp; how do pranks, hoaxes, and cons differ from each other, and what are some of the best?</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:07:45 +0000 Word of Mouth 45985 at http://nhpr.org Best Pranks, Hoaxes & Cons In History NHPR's Best April Fool's Pranks http://nhpr.org/post/nhprs-best-april-fools-pranks <p>Public radio has a <a href="http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/af_database/display/category/npr">long history</a> of pranking listeners on April 1st. Like the time listeners <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102618951">complained in droves&nbsp;</a>to&nbsp;NPR about a story on farming whales in huge pools in Bellesville Illinois. And that time Weekend ATC&nbsp;reported the exciting discovery of Beethoven's lost <a href="http://wwno.org/post/beethovens-10th-symphony-real">10th Symphony.&nbsp;</a></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:37:31 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 45975 at http://nhpr.org NHPR's Best April Fool's Pranks 2.25.14: Solitary Confinement, Viral Images, Giant Of Cardiff, Ethical Failures & NH Biathlon http://nhpr.org/post/22514-solitary-confinement-viral-images-giant-cardiff-ethical-failures-nh-biathlon <p>Today on Word of Mouth, we delve into the consequences of solitary confinement. Then a trip to the Internet reveals that cyberspace is chock full of fakes and fails; Photoshopped images can quickly become viral and shared as authentic. But history is full of <em>giant </em>hoaxes, too, as we learn from <strong>Nate Dimeo</strong> of the Memory Palace Podcast.&nbsp; Then we hear about <em>The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure,&nbsp; </em>which isn’t one of those <em>Darwin Awards-</em>style coffee table books. It’s a real government document that catalogs bribery, graft, and other infractions in the Department of Defense. Finally, NHPR's Sean Hurley visited the Jackson biathlon range - the only dedicated course in New Hampshire - to find out more about this unusual sport.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:15:12 +0000 Word of Mouth 44112 at http://nhpr.org 2.25.14: Solitary Confinement, Viral Images, Giant Of Cardiff, Ethical Failures & NH Biathlon Pranksters Put Fake Ensign's Portrait On Pentagon Wall; It Stayed For Months http://nhpr.org/post/pranksters-put-fake-ensigns-portrait-pentagon-wall-it-stayed-months The must-read story of the day if you're into practical jokes has to be <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>'s piece headlined "<a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304750404577319952818130854.html" target="_blank">Walk The Prank: Secret Story Of Mysterious Portrait At Pentagon</a>."<p>As Melissa Block and Audie Cornish will explain later on <em>All Things Considered</em>, last year some pranksters hung a portrait on a hall in the Pentagon with a plaque saying it was "Ensign Chuck Hord. USNA circa 1898. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:15:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 3191 at http://nhpr.org Pranksters Put Fake Ensign's Portrait On Pentagon Wall; It Stayed For Months