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The Super Stunt Revisisted: How Pranksters Nearly Pulled Off Greatest Media Prank Ever

From Esquire Magazine:

Fifteen years ago, during the halftime show of the Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears, four improv comedians nearly pulled off what would have been the greatest media prank of all time.

In order to pull off the Super Stunt, as Hargrave named the operation, the team would need to smuggle 2,250 lights into a Level-One (that’s as high as it gets) national-security event—in advance—and stash them in the bowels of Dolphin Stadium until halftime of the big game. On the day of the Super Bowl, they would infiltrate the stadium posing as event staff, with fake IDs and uniforms, and hand off the sequenced lights to the fans. All of this would be done under the eyes of stadium security, multiple state and federal law-enforcement agencies, hundreds of uniformed police officers, and 3,000 additional security personnel.

[link:https://www.esquire.com/sports/a39049222/superbowl-prank-essay/|
Posted by johnnyplankton | Mon Feb 14, 2022, 01:49 AM (0 replies)

The Super Stunt Revisisted: How Pranksters Nearly Pulled Off Greatest Media Prank Ever

From Esquire Magazine:

Fifteen years ago, during the halftime show of the Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears, four improv comedians nearly pulled off what would have been the greatest media prank of all time.




How Four Comedians Nearly Pulled Off an Epic Super Bowl Prank

Fifteen years ago, during the halftime show of the Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears, four improv comedians nearly pulled off what would have been the greatest media prank of all time.

By Mike Hoban

Just after the New Year in 2007. John Hargrave, longtime friend and the publisher of ZUG.com, a comedy website specializing in pranks, called me up. I knew him, he knew me. John asked if I could meet to discuss a stunt designed to help him promote his book, Prank the Monkey.

“What’s the prank?” I asked. With Hargrave, you always knew there was the potential for something a little nuts.

“I can’t tell you over the phone,” he said, uncharacteristically serious. “But it’s big.”

Hargrave had history of pulling off imaginative stuff. He’d gone after Michael Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, and Bill Gates, even the United Nations and the U.S. Senate, with varying degrees of success. He was ambitious.

I agreed to meet him the next day at a coffee shop. When I arrived, he had his PowerBook open and his back to the wall.

I plopped into the booth.

“Okay. What’s the gig?”

After swearing me to secrecy, he leaned forward. “We’re going to pull off the biggest media prank in history,” he said in a whisper. “We’re going to hack the Super Bowl.”

In order to pull off the Super Stunt, as Hargrave named the operation, the team would need to smuggle 2,250 lights into a Level-One (that’s as high as it gets) national-security event—in advance—and stash them in the bowels of Dolphin Stadium until halftime of the big game. On the day of the Super Bowl, they would infiltrate the stadium posing as event staff, with fake IDs and uniforms, and hand off the sequenced lights to the fans. All of this would be done under the eyes of stadium security, multiple state and federal law-enforcement agencies, hundreds of uniformed police officers, and 3,000 additional security personnel.

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Posted by johnnyplankton | Mon Feb 14, 2022, 12:40 AM (0 replies)

I'm pretty sure the only time Kelly Loeffler dresses like this is on the campaign trail...

Or Halloween at the New York Stock Exchange party

https://imgur.com/NM9UGmg

Posted by johnnyplankton | Fri Jan 1, 2021, 06:57 PM (17 replies)

Took an 81-Year Old to the polls this weekend. He hadn't voted in 37 YEARS!

Was volunteering in Philly, PA this past weekend and one of the things I did was drive some people to the polls through Drive Your Ballot [link:https://www.driveyourballot.com/|. The first guy I took was 81 and told me he hadn't voted since 1983 but thought it was important this time. "This guy has got to go," he told me regarding his change of heart.

He waited in line for an hour and 45 minutes before he got to drop off his ballot. Never complained, even though it was 45 degrees out and he didn't have a winter jacket on. After I drove him home, he couldn't find his "I Voted" sticker and he was bummed. I took my next ride to the polls and picked up a new sticker for him and dropped it off for him at the end of the day. That guy made my weekend.

If people are willing to sacrifice like he did, maybe we can win this thing if we keep showing up and not giving in to despair...
Posted by johnnyplankton | Mon Oct 26, 2020, 01:46 PM (13 replies)

Pretty Disturbing: "Frontline Doctor" Says He Met with Pence

He's one of the lunatics that is pushing the hydroxychloroquine along with the "Dream Sex with Demons and Witches" doctor/preacher Stella Immanuel...

https://twitter.com/JamesTodaroMD/status/1288247491385794566?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
Posted by johnnyplankton | Tue Jul 28, 2020, 10:31 PM (6 replies)

Apparently the photo Trump used was real, which sucks

I was so hoping that Shitler's gang used a doctored photo, but we're better off leading truth-based lives or we'll be as bad as the MAGAts. Apparently it was real, according to Snopes. He did enough evil/dumb shit (just by turning it into a paramilitary event instead of a celebration of our country), but we don't have to spread lies. That's Faux Nooze and right-wing radio's job....

Source: Snopes

On July 4, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump posted a photograph supposedly showing a “great crowd of tremendous Patriots” on the National Mall before his speech at the “Salute to America” event: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

This picture garnered thousands of retweets and more than a hundred thousand likes. It also sparked a number of comments from people accusing Trump of sharing a picture that had been digitally altered in order to make the crowd appear bigger.

But the picture that Trump shared of the crowd is real. Photographer Susan Walsh took a very similar image that is available via Getty Images with the caption: “US President Donald Trump speaks during the ‘Salute to America’ Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019.”

Read more: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/crowd-at-trump-july-4-event/
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Posted by johnnyplankton | Fri Jul 5, 2019, 09:58 PM (15 replies)

Does This Photo Show the Crowd at Trump's Fourth of July Event?

Source: Snopes

On July 4, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump posted a photograph supposedly showing a “great crowd of tremendous Patriots” on the National Mall before his speech at the “Salute to America” event: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

This picture garnered thousands of retweets and more than a hundred thousand likes. It also sparked a number of comments from people accusing Trump of sharing a picture that had been digitally altered in order to make the crowd appear bigger.

But the picture that Trump shared of the crowd is real. Photographer Susan Walsh took a very similar image that is available via Getty Images with the caption: “US President Donald Trump speaks during the ‘Salute to America’ Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019.”

Read more: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/crowd-at-trump-july-4-event/



I was so hoping that Shitler's gang used a doctored photo, but I've got to lead a truth-based life. Apparently it was real, according to Snopes. He did enough evil/dumb shit (just by turning it into a paramilitary event instead of a celebration of our country), but we don't have to spread lies. That's Faux Nooze and right-wing radio's job....
Posted by johnnyplankton | Fri Jul 5, 2019, 05:40 PM (13 replies)

Trumpcare? Got this in my inbox this AM...

This is both disturbing and ripe for parody...


[link:https://www.medicare-providers.net/plans/trumpcaremedicare/?Referrer=USME&Subreferrer=1557&Subid&215532100&utm_source=usme&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Trumpmedicare&utm_campaign=1|
Posted by johnnyplankton | Tue Sep 4, 2018, 08:27 AM (2 replies)

WE KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT

Great (short) article by Nestor Ramos of the Boston Globe...

Parkland. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. Newtown. On and on: In America, mass shootings have become so familiar that they seem to follow the same sad script.

He will be a man, or maybe still a boy.

He will have a semiautomatic rifle — an AR-15, or something like it — and several high-capacity magazines filled with ammunition.

The weapon will have been purchased legally, the background check no obstacle.

He will walk into a school, or a concert, or an office building.

And he will open fire into a crowd of innocents.

Even as he’s still firing — crack crack crack — word will begin to spread. Survivors huddled in closets or behind bandstands will send pictures, text messages, and videos into a world that is again aghast.

Televisions will play the videos recorded amid the carnage, the sound somehow worse than the images. The fear in the victims’ voices will be familiar, yet too potent — a sound outside the boundaries of our own empathy.

We will hear about the heroes: Teachers who barricaded their classrooms or threw themselves between their students and the gunfire; concertgoers who shielded strangers as bullets plowed into their backs.

And we will hear about him: He was strange and troubled and cruel to animals; he’d shown signs of mental illness; he lost his job; he beat his wife.

A chorus will rise to ask why anybody should own such a weapon, much less someone so obviously troubled; another chorus will accuse the first of politicizing tragedy. Some will point to the Second Amendment, and blame a lack of treatment for the mentally ill.

Politicians, and then the president, will emerge. Some will plead for new laws. More will ask only for thoughts and prayers. Some will not mention guns at all.

Any promises will be broken. Beyond the shattered orbit of the school or church or concert that became a shooting gallery, the whole thing will recede too soon into memory.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/02/15/next/ElwL1QCJNjPhwoA849M66I/story.html?event=event12
Posted by johnnyplankton | Fri Feb 16, 2018, 09:02 AM (1 replies)

Irony Abounds As Trump Labels U.S. “Laughingstock”

From the boys at Fishington Cheesington Post:

AMES, Iowa – Donald Trump, a man who reportedly has had more people openly point and laugh at his hair than there are grains of sand on the combined beaches of Planet Earth, told NBC News on Sunday that, “We used to be the king and the queen all put together, and now we’re a laughingstock as a country.”

[link:http://www.fishandcheese.com/wordpress/2013/08/13/irony-abounds-as-trump-labels-u-s-laughingstock/|
Posted by johnnyplankton | Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:10 PM (2 replies)
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