Summer started out so promising -- the lazy mornings, long days without the burdens of school and homework, sports and driving. But as the months passed, the honeymoon began to wane.
It's recently come to my attention that not all of your "friends" or BFFs, bros, sisters or whomever understand that pranks, embarrassing toasts and simply being contemptible is just not cool or appropriate at a wedding.
How can you tell when a prank has gone too far and strayed into bullying territory? Are high jinks and teasing just a natural, innocuous part of life, or can poking fun at others do real, lasting harm?
While they come across as arcane now, the DeMoulin Brothers catalogs are an extraordinary spyglass into a little known part of our past. Selected for my book are 100+ of my favorite pages from thirteen DeMoulin prank catalogs printed from 1897 to 1930.
When I was 13, I was crushed to discover that I was apparently now too old for trick-or-treating. Naturally I did not go quietly.
After polling this year's crop of amusing falsities, we present the finest "news" stories in music for this first day of April 2011:
My inner prankster took a hiatus, finally revived last April when I found myself working amidst fellow jokesters. We worked together, and against one another, to devise several office pranks that would make Jim Halpert proud.
Even as I appreciate my friends' benign aims, it seems rather tasteless to jest like this on a holiday in which Jews were - and, sadly, still are - frequently the victims of violent acts.
"Little Billy's Letters" is a collection of my prank letters written in the guise of a child (that would be the titular "Billy") to government officials, teen stars, serial killers, religious leaders and many others.
Here's a question to the country with the highest incarceration rate in the world: how do we turn tax-consuming inmates into tax paying, law-abiding citizens?
Close to a million New Yorkers woke up to a Post story about climate change, which turned out to be an elaborate prank edition engineered by a culture-jamming duo known as the Yes Men.
On the heels of a new documentary comes the Yes Men's latest effort, a fake New York Post trumpeting the headline, "We're Screwed," on the issue of climate change.
In their new HBO documentary The Yes Men Fix the World, the eponymous pranksters take aim at unapologetic free market profiteers.
The roster of fake death reports that have gone megaviral includes Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise and now Goldblum; all fell to their death in New Zealand. I contacted the man behind the electronic curtain.
This week, for the first time in Bachelorette History we had not 2, not 3, not 4 but 5 hometown dates.
Robert Smigel still enjoys sticking his hand into a dog puppet and insulting famous people, particularly now that famous people are on Twitter. Such as Oprah. Yes. He pooped on Oprah.