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"Weird Al" Yankovic - My Bologna
"Weird Al" Yankovic once produced a parody of The Knack's classic song "My Sharona" called "My Bologna." When the song became a huge hit (his first) Yankovic presented Doug Fieger, The Knack's lead singer, with an unusual gift as a token of his appreciation. The gift? A large bologna. [Yankovic's song 'Christmas at Ground Zero' was banned at some radio stations. It's subject? Nuclear war in the Yuletide Season.]
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Dame Judy Dench: Put-On Humor
"Judy Dench's love of put-on humor, the ruder the better, is legendary. Once while working on a project with writer/director DavidHare, he asked her to embroider something for his mother. She did so, taking special care to conceal inside the homey design an unprintable epithet." ["I sent an e-mail to Kate Winslet," Dench recalled of another practical joke. "I said, 'I hope you don't find Kevin Spacey as difficult as I did (on The Shipping News).' But I haven't heardfrom her. Maybe she didn't realize I was joking."]
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How Rebecca Romijn's Father Greeted Her Boyfriends
Lucky boys who dated Rebecca Romijn in high-school were often surprised by her father's efforts to put them at ease. "When they used to pick me up," she once recalled, "Dad would open the front door... completely naked." [Though her parents were "anti-establishment" Rebecca never became a pothead: "I had nothing to rebel against. Kids at my school became preppies—just to rebel against their hippie parents."]
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Robbie Coltrane & the Eton Of Scotland
"After a primary education at a local state school, [Robbie Coltrane] had been sent to the Glenalmond public school in Perthshire, known as The Eton Of Scotland. This place was deeply authoritarian, with bullying and disciplinary beatings commonplace. Due to this unhappy experience, Robbie would later call for all public schools to be banned and swear he'd never send his son to one, 'Not unless I hate him.' "But, while there, Fat Rab (as he was then called—friends say he named himself) used comedy and natural ebullience to get him through. He was immensely popular with the other kids. He once hung the prefects' gowns from the school's clock-tower..." [Young Coltrane also joined the so-called Curry Boys—a minor cult whose ...
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Richard Branson Meets Sir James Goldsmith
Virgin Records' founder Richard Branson was once invited to an exclusive party at the luxurious home of billionaire merchant banker Sir James Goldsmith. While admiring Goldsmith's beautiful pool, Branson—on a whim—crept up behind his host and pushed him in! [Branson was not invited to the next party.]
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Max Beerbohm is mistaken for James Barrie
At George Meredith's funeral in 1909, Max Beerbohm was mistaken for fellow scribe James Barrie (the Scottish author of Peter Pan): "As I left, a young woman rushed up to me, crying, 'Mr. Barrie, Mr. Barrie—you are Mr. Barrie, aren't you!? Will you write something for me in my autograph book? Here it is!'—I know it was in poor taste; I said nothing, but when I took the volume my pen ran away with me, and I wrote, 'Ay, Lassie! It's a sad day the noo. J. M. Barrie.'"
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James Thurber - Holy Roller
James Thurber's sense of humor may have been inherited: "One of his mother's finer moments in prankishness came when she borrowed a wheelchair at a faith-healing meeting, rolled down the aisle, suddenly stood up, and proclaimed that she could walk. With hallelujahs sounding about her, she fled on foot as the owner of the wheelchair recognized his property." [Thurber was also a legendary prankster and Harold Ross (his editor at The New Yorker) frequently received (and fell for) fake phone calls in bizarre accents.] ["Did you hear that the atheists have produced a Christmas play?" Jay Leno once joked. "It's called Coincidence on 34th Street."]
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Walter Hagen Etiquette
Golf great Walter Hagen was among the most flamboyant players in the game's history. On one occasion, he attempted to annoy his partner and exaggerate the man's obsession with proper etiquette by playing the entire round in a full tuxedo. On another occasion, Hagen asked England's Edward VIII to tend the flag for him. His exact words have become a thing of legend: "Hey Eddie," he said, "get the stick, will you?" [One day in the late 19th Century, Griswold "Grizzy" Lorillard appeared at the exclusive Tuxedo Park Club in New York City wearing an unusual tailless dinner coat—and the 'tuxedo' was born.]
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Tom Green - intercom pranks
"The Tom Green Show" became notorious for Green's outrageous stunts... Tom started intercom pranking in retail and department stores featured in an episode where he and his crew deliberately head into the stores and Tom says random things on the PA like 'tasty corn, tasty corn, tasty tasty tasty corn' or 'Mom I'm lost at the front desk' etc., surprising or angering managers and employees working in the stores. They eventually ask him to leave, after which Tom angers them even more by repetitively going on the intercom or not taking what they say seriously. In one case, a manager forces Tom to stay in the store, citing that it was private property and that he intended make Tom pay ...
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Dear Abby: Bowled Over
Abigail Van Buren ("Dear Abby") once received a letter, signed "Stuck in a Love Triangle," from a 34-year-old woman with three children whose "greedy, selfish, inconsiderate and rude" husband of 10 years had had the audacity to give her a bowling ball—embossed with his own name and drilled to fit his fingers—for her birthday as a present. Abby's reply, entitled "Wife meets perfect match after husband strikes out," was pulled from circulation when someone pointed out that the letter was the work of a practical joker. Mrs Stuck, of course, was better known as... Marge Simpson!