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The Top 5 Most Craziest Pranks Ever

As a child, you probably pulled a prank. Back then, they were harmless – jokes designed for nothing more than temporary amusement. They stopped being entertaining when you got older though. The stakes became higher. The potential damage became much greater to someone’s life.

You can’t deny that the potential for a good prank is still there. We never lose touch with that side of ourselves entirely. But when it comes to jokes as an adult, what options do you have? You might be interested to know that you have a few. We’re quite fond of pranks, so we’re going to look at a few examples here. Perhaps we’ll even coax you into playing a joke on someone again!

Hire a ‘Special’ Stripper!

So, the bachelor party of any man is a big event. It is the last night before you get married. The final evening you will spend as a man who isn’t committed to someone in the most intimate way. That’s pretty big, you know? So a lot of men celebrate in style. They go on big nights out. There’s often a lot of drinking and merriment. One thing that this night also includes, traditionally, is a stripper.

Now, picture the ideal image of a stripper for a minute. Curvy, but not too slim – think ‘all the right curves in all the right places’. There’s long, luscious hair. That sultry gaze that can hold you paralysed for what seems like an eternity. It’s a very captivating image. Now take that, and throw it out the window! Instead, the best idea for a practical joke is the roly-poly stripper. Now, in all fairness, you might get the luscious hair and the dazzling look. But it’s not so appealing when it’s connected to a huge woman!

We guarantee that it’ll be hilarious. You tell your friend you’ve hired them a stripper. They’re excited. They’re keen to meet this lovely lady and enjoy her talents for a night. And when the big moment finally arrives, and a very chunky lass comes swaggering out, their jaw will drop. And it won’t be picked back up in a hurry. They’ll be shocked, you’ll be crying with laughter, and everyone gets a night they won’t forget in a hurry.

Paint Bucket + Door = Giggles

Let’s come away from the bachelor party for a moment. Instead, let’s look at a more common occurrence. It’s the weekend off, and your friend has been annoying you all week. You want to get even. You feel that familiar stirring… it’s time for a prank, and it’s going to be a good one.

But what do you do? How can you make them pay for winding you up for so long? Well, here’s what you do. Take the door. Half open it so that you can balance a can of paint on it, and then do just that. If you’ve done it correctly, they’ll open the door, and the paint bucket will fall directly on them! If you ask us, this is pretty hilarious. However, you should be careful when you do this. Make sure that there’s facilities available to wash the paint off – don’t use anything too heavy duty. After all, you don’t want to end the friendship, do you? But there’s no doubt this will be hilarious.

Smartphone Fails

The era of modern technology is excellent. One thing that it is beneficial for is pranks. You can use your smartphone in a variety of different ways to play a joke on someone, so let’s get creative.

The obvious solution is to prank-call someone. You could pretend to be a boss or an angry-ex partner… the possibilities are endless. Make sure you don’t get them to do anything dangerous though – no prank is worth injury. Alternatively, you could record them saying something hilarious. The thing about a smartphone is that you can set it to record and then put it away. No one will know that you’ve been recording the entire awkward conversation!

Failing that of course, you could sneak a photo of them and post it to their co-workers – something unflattering and potentially idiotic is good. Something that you should try and remember is that you don’t want to get them in trouble, so be smart when sending photos or audio clips. No prank is worth someone getting injured or getting into trouble with their employer. As we said at the start, the stakes are higher when you’re an adult.

Voice Modulation Pranks

You know, it’s pretty easy to manipulate audio. People release parody videos all the time where they splice together words to make new sentences. You can probably begin to see the prank potential with this. Imagine that your friend said something which could be hilarious in another context. If you recorded it secretly, thanks to a smartphone, you could modify the audio.

You have to be careful doing things like this. If you make someone say the wrong something, you can get them into trouble. But, there’s still a lot of potential for pranks here. You have to think of something harmless. You might make them sound like a leprechaun, all squeaky. You could change things so that they seem incredibly silly. The only real limits are your imagination, which is wonderful for people who want to be able to prank their friends. Something that you should keep in mind, however, is that you can go too far. If your friend doesn’t seem okay with things, you need to stop.

But at the same time, it could be hilarious to turn your friend into Darth Vader. You could even create a personalised message for someone with the funny voice included. It would be very entertaining and would make for a top-tier prank.

New Year, New Prank

Okay, this is only good for a New Year’s prank. But oh, it’s a good one. Your friend will be so confused and potentially horrified if you can pull this off properly.

What you want is for your friend to fall asleep on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes midnight. Next, you should take all the phones and watches and devices with the year on them and move them one year forward. So for example, you’d move 2019 to 2020. Why do you do this? Well, we’ll explain it to you.

When your friend wakes up in the morning and comes to talk to everyone, you can tell him that they slept for a year! All of the different electronic devices will all confirm the story, including his phone. It especially helps if you’ve all got stories that you’ve made up which happened during ‘the year that never was’. They help to add credibility to your claims. If your friend is half-awake and potentially hungover, they might buy into the idea that they slept for a whole year. They’ll panic. They’ll ask you who’s Prime Minister. They’ll desperately try and find out if they still have a job. And then you explain to them that it’s all just a prank. And they’ll feel incredibly foolish.

Something you should be aware of is that this can go wrong. Your friend could panic and freak out. So be prepared to be able to show them that this didn’t happen. You should also expect them to scoff and laugh at you. Don’t force the joke if they seem like they’re getting angry at you for it. It’s not worth your friendship after all. But if the circumstances are right, this can be hilarious. In truth, it works for any day when there’s a party. You can convince people they’ve been asleep for 24 hours if you’re smart. Just be prepared for potential freakouts.

In conclusion, these are five of the craziest pranks that you can pull. As you can probably tell, there’s a lot to appreciate here. Whether it’s going for that roly-poly stripper or not, you have many choices. We know pranks can be fun. They’re often harmless too. However, you need to be careful when deciding how to prank someone. All it takes is for someone to get hurt and then it’s not funny anymore. Or someone loses their job. And then it’s not funny anymore. We know that the urge for big and exciting pranks can be tempting. But when we’re all adults, that’s not okay. That prank you pull in the office? It might get someone fired. When you go for a practical joke at home? It could backfire and put someone in the hospital. We’re not suggesting that you shouldn’t prank people. Instead, we’re indicating that you’re sensible about it. Just stop and think about what you’re going to do. Consider the consequences. If you upset someone too much and they don’t want to talk to you anymore, was it worth it? Always try and be reasonable with pranks. Accept that there are limits. But above all else, have fun. We know how good jokes can be. And we encourage you to enjoy yourself sensibly.

GIRLS KICK SUMMER SOUNDS INTO ACTION

International singer/songwriter, K-Syran, celebrates the recognition of women at this year’s Ibiza Music Summit and personally promises a summer of stonking dance music.

Summer – gorgeous, warm, sparkling summer.  The trees are full, the blossom’s floating down like snow and we’re hankering after those delicious brushes of warm sunshine on our skin.  Don’t you just love it! But summer brings with it so much more than the seasonal sun – it also comes armed with a whole new bag of music. As spring blends into shimmering summer, our music industry flicks the switch on the vibe dial and suddenly we burst into action on the dance floor.

Summer is officially here and that means dance music is hot on the agenda for the next four months!

Just as the first buds of spring peep into view, our radio stations tempt and tease us as they sprinkle more vibrant and energized dance tracks across the airwaves.  From that moment, us music lovers know that the new season of music has sprung into life. Summer ‘sounds’ are equally as important as the summer sun and as the Ibiza Music Summit came to an end last weekend, it marked the official start of the dance music season, bring it on!

With three Top 10 dance hits of my own, I understand just how important dance music is to all of us.  Standing hand-in-hand with festivals and live gigs, dance clubs are one of the few places that our music can touch and interact with our audience on a live level.  That’s one of the few opportunities that we have to share the exhilarating musical experience as one. For me, that’s what music is all about, that touching-point with my audience.

So I applaud my musical sisters who made a stand at this year’s Ibiza Music Summit and addressed the vital topic of Diversity in Electronic Music. Tackling the issue of female representation within the electronic music industry, Jackie Antas of Live Nation exposed some vital statistics about us girls in the industry:

  • Just 1 out of 15 of Billboard’s One’s to Watch were women
  • No major music labels have female bosses
  • In 2014, only 18% of electronic labels include women on their rosters 
  • Women made up 11% of rosters in 2016

 I’m sure you’ll agree that these statistics are kinda shocking in what’s meant to be a equal world and within an industry which focuses so heavily on female talent.  The Summit discussed the need to implement a change in thought processes globally and it was agreed that there’s absolutely no doubt that the industry needs to represent women more fairly.  We shouldn’t label talent as ‘female artists’ or ‘female DJs’ – we should be equal enough to be label for our talent, not our gender.

Bring it on girls, let’s show the industry what we’re made of!  I’m kicking live and loud into this summer of dance with a bucket load of dance music that I’ll be releasing across the season.  I’ve been working with some awesome DJs and remixers to bring you the flavour of music that I know keeps you pumping in the clubs.  From awesome Dan Boots right through to the unparalleled talent of Jamie Lewis and Mr Mike – I’ve been working relentlessly in the studio with them all and I promise I’ll make this a musical summer that you won’t forget.  Watch this space – us girls will be lighting up those Ibiza dance floors very soon!

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SWATCH BIG BOLD

Inspired by bold ideas, designed for even bolder personalities: We are proud to introduce our brand new Swatch BIG BOLD collection featuring six different watch models. With a kick from urban streetwear, each BIG BOLD is a statement piece boasting a striking 47mm watchcase. This product line calls out for those who are not afraid to put themselves upfront and who are proud to be different. Swatch BIG BOLD is an attitude, a mindset, a way of being in the world. It is a kind of swagger that is irreverent, confident, and entirely unexpected. It longs for those that embrace being noticed.

POWERHOUSE FEMALE PERFORMERS × WYNN LV

Wynn Las Vegas’ “Encore Theater,” features hot performances by Diana Ross, Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. Diana is celebrating her 75th birthday diamond jubilee with her show “Diamond Diana”; Melissa will perform material from her new album, “The Medicine Show”; and Pat Benatar will perform her greatest hits with husband/musican Neil Giraldo during their remarkable 40th Anniversary tour this year.

DIANA ROSS (6/5, 6/7, 6/8, 6/12, 6/14, 6/15; 8/14, 8/16, 8/17, 8/21, 8/23, 8/24)

Due to high demand, Diana Ross will continue her 75th birthday diamond jubilee celebrations with the return of “Diamond Diana” this summer at Wynn Las Vegas. Ross will present 12 additional performances of the radiant production at Encore Theater, June 5 – 15; and August 14-24. Honoring her multi-decade career in the music industry, the launch of “Diamond Diana” in February saw sold-out crowds and special appearances by Ross’ family members. Throughout the show, fans can enjoy back-to-back performances of Ross’ renowned chart-toppers, as well as an intimate Q&A with the international music icon. Ross will celebrate her enduring collection of award-winning songs, brilliant new costumes and timeless memories in this exclusive, self-named powerhouse production at Wynn. Among her many accolades, Ross is a recipient of the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement and a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, has been recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is an inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and is a 12-time GRAMMY Award nominee.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE (7/12 – One Night Only)

GRAMMY and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is set to make her Wynn Las Vegas debut this summer. For one-night-only, Etheridge will bring “The Medicine Show” tour to the intimate Encore Theater on Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m.

With more than 25 million albums sold worldwide, five platinum and three multi-platinum records, and 15 GRAMMY Award nominations and two GRAMMY wins, Etheridge has established herself as a music icon. Recently she released her latest album, The Medicine Show, released via Concord Records. The namesake of her tour, The Medicine Show deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing. Through the songs she processed the deep fears and hurting she saw in the nation on collective and personal levels; “Shaking” about national anxiety, the unifying “Human Chain” about the hope for healing, and the rocking, anthemic “Love Will Live.” More highlights include the album-closer, “Last Hello” drawing on the incredible strengths and courage shown by the survivors of the Parkland school shootings, and the infectious “Wild and Lonely,” and “Faded By Design,” exploring themes of her past with a new perspective.

PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO (8/2 & 8/3)

GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist Pat Benatar and trailblazing producer and performer Neil Giraldo will make their Wynn Las Vegas debut together this summer in their self-named, two-night engagement at Encore Theater on Aug. 2 and 3. The limited engagement of Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo will serve as part of the duo’s upcoming tour, marking a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their musical career. Benatar and Giraldo first met in a small rehearsal room at SIR Studios in New York City in 1979 and have since gone on to create two multi-platinum records, five platinum records, three gold albums and 19 Top 40 hits. In addition, together they have sold more than 30 million records worldwide and have won an unprecedented four consecutive GRAMMY Awards. Their undeniable chemistry and unique sound has led to the creation of notable rock hits such as “Love Is A Battlefield,” “We Live For Love” and “Invincible.”

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Lovin’ My Car

Lovin’ My Car: Women in the Driver’s Seat By Libby Edelman

This fabulous book provides a fresh perspective on the automotive industry from a woman’s lens. Lovin’ My Car will be available for purchase just in time for Mother’s Day! It will be released Friday, April 12 on Amazon, powerhouse Books, and in Barnes and Noble Stores across the country!

Purchase the book here!

In Lovin’ My Car: Women in the Driver’s Seat, Libby Edelman, former fashion editor and co- founder of Sam Edelman, demonstrates her talent in photography, combining feminine beauty with the greatness of cars. Edelman brilliantly captures the complexities of women and these motor vehicles. Readers and car enthusiasts alike can peer into the purpose of these cars: to protect, be eye- catching, and add value to one’s life. This photography mission was prompted after years of discussions about cars between her husband Sam and son Jesse. Libby Edelman was left with a robust knowledge and simultaneous curiosity about others who shared their love for automotives. Libby unveils a diverse community of women, all united through their appreciation for motor vehicles. Lovin’ in My Car: Women in the Driver’s Seat features a range of car styles including fancy, quirky and everyday models. Snapshots celebrating the proud female owner and her motor vehicle are paired with an anecdote about the vehicle’s history.

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Sober.House.

Happening right now, drug addiction in the US has reached epidemic proportions. What’s worse, only 11 percent of those people will find the right treatment. It’s time to eliminate the stigma and focus on a tangible solution, rather than the problem.

Mallory Neuberger lived a double life for years, suffering from a soul-crushing addiction to cocaine while hiding behind a successful career and raising two children. After finding sobriety, she has made it her mission to help others by opening and running sober houses for women.  

Anchored in relatable stories and filled with actionable tips for anyone affected by addiction, Sober.House. offers readers:

  • Stop the Stigma: Eliminating the shame to understand the truth about addiction—which is a disease, not a disgraceful condition
  • Recovery is Possible: How anyone who is an addict, or an alcoholic, can find healing and a more fulfilling lifestyle
  • Paying it Forward: Her journey to helping others who are battling addiction, and how it has filled her once empty soul with meaning and purpose
  • Good vs. Evil: How to find authentic, ethical places for treatment and sober living while avoiding the illegitimate ones
  • The Frog Pad: The sober houses she has created for women to help them restore their lives for themselves and their loved ones

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Refinery29’s Style Out There

WATCH NOW: EPISODE FOUR OF REFINERY29’s ORIGINAL SERIES

Style Out There

Style Out There, Refinery29’s award-winning video series is back with the fourth episode of season 3. With over 26 million views, host and journalist Connie Wang digs into the way clothing has given women a way to speak out, look within, and identify the forces that limit their potential. Through these stories, Wang discovers the powerful way fashion illuminates social and political issues, ranging from the connection between sexy clothing and sexual assault to instances when cultural appropriation can actually be both useful and productive.

Episode Four of Style Out There is Now Available on Refinery29.com

In episode four, Connie Wang explores the all-female teams in the equestrian sport Escaramuza, which is a treasured Mexican tradition melding riding, fashion, and national identity. But for the athletes living in America, there’s an added vulnerability in literally wearing their Mexican pride on their sleeves.  

Episode Four Highlights

On Making Women Confident

“I say it’s contributed because practicing Charrería, and more in the United States, it magnifies and gives you a confidence as a Mexican to be able to open all the doors, remove all the barriers and not fear anything.” – Frine, Coach, Real De Valle

On Escaramuza Telling a Story from the Past

“Charging through the arena like true warriors Las Coronelas De Illinois are poised, powerful and in control. As I watch them spin in layers of crinoline Vision of Adelitas from centuries ago it occurs to me that, today, this sport and its pageantry really tells a story about the grace and bravery of these women who dedicate their lives to it.”

“On top of their horses, in these dresses, Escaramuza like Mireya are proudly announcing who they are and where they belong.” – Connie Wang, Host

On the Dress Being a Symbol of Pride

“Ever since the elections,  I do feel that wearing the Escaramuza dress is more than just  wearing team gear it’s more like sending a message and proving that I am proud of being Mexican-American .” – Mireya, Las Coronelas De Illinois

Style Out There will premiere new episodes every week on Refinery29’s YouTube channel, exploring Japanese Cholas subculture in Nagoya, the rise of Afrofuturism across the globe, the American Escaramuzas, and Jamaica’s dancehall queens.

Please let us know if you are able to share this with your readers or if you would like to speak with Connie about the series or the reporting.

About Refinery29

Refinery29 is the leading media and entertainment company focused on women. Through a variety of lifestyle stories, original video programming, social, shareable content, and live experiences, Refinery29 provides its audience with the inspiration and tools to discover and pursue a more independent, stylish, and informed life. Please visit www.refinery29.com/en-us, www.refinery29.com/en-ca, www.refinery29.uk and www.refinery29.de for more information and to browse content.

My Wine Society

My Wine Society is a global wine app that provides a community for wine enthusiasts to interact, share, and get rewards. The ground-breaking wine app is run by a team of inspiring, passionate, and driven leaders.

This March, My Wine Society would like to recognize their dedicated and hard-working women entrepreneurs who help keep the company alive. Kristin Whitaker, Lynne Gerde, Brianna Lamb are just a few of the amazing women who help run the robust wine app.

“The most inspiring part of being on the MWS team is that we are exploring uncharted territory in the wine and tech space and we are writing the map as we make discoveries along the way.” – Lynne

Lamb is MWS’ Director of Community Management. MWS is a global wine community and it is her team’s responsibility to nurture the current community and to continually expand upon it. Lamb works side by side with our CEO Sean Evens to ensure that every wine enthusiast is getting the ultimate experience. This is Lamb’s first time working at a start up global app, but she has taken the challenge to help create the groundbreaking community for wine lovers.

“I have never been involved in a startup company before or been daring enough to be an ‘entrepreneur’ so for me this is an exciting thing because of the inherent risk we are all taking.” -Bri

Whitaker’s role is the Channels Coordinator. Channels is a feature on the app meant to serve as entertainment for end users by way of brief, fun articles. Whitaker works hard to find unique articles and news for app users to read about wine. Whitaker is driven to make MWS like no other app before. Her goal is to set an example to all women around the world.

“Over the years and across industries, I have learned that directing is easy, but leading is a whole different ball game.” – Kristin

Gerde, the Creative Director, works with her team to gain brand awareness and credibility for MWS in the public eye. She leads the creative side of MWS, including videos, PR and socials. Gerde helps her team through whatever bump in the road that may come, and handles it with confidence. Gerde loves to explore uncharted territory in the wine and tech world. She believes that technology connects us in ways that were once unimaginable, but leading through change while staying connected to your people is the challenge.

“When I put my head on the pillow each night I think about 3 things; what did I learn, who did I impact, and how can I be better? It’s this level of awareness and humility that shapes and guides the women of tomorrow.”

My Wine Society is lead by an inspiring group of women that are passionate about the wine community. These women are full of amazing ideas and are excited to bring these along to the team to create new and exciting projects to wine lovers across the world.

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H&M STUDIO SS19

H&M UNVEILS H&M STUDIO SS19 – AN ADVENTUROUS, GLAMOROUS COLLECTION FUELED BY WANDERLUST

Today, H&M unveils the campaign for the H&M Studio SS19 collection, “The Glam Explorer”, styled by Géraldine Saglio and photographed by Lachlan Bailey against the dramatic backdrop of Arizona. Inspired by a glamorous adventurer, the campaign sets the tone for H&M’s decision to swap the Paris Fashion Week catwalk for the Sedona, Arizona desert, where the SS19 collection will debut in an immersive theater format. The unique storyline can be followed on #HMStudio and the collection will be available to purchase beginning on March 21st on hm.com and in select H&M stores.

“The H&M Studio SS19 collection caters to a glamorous, adventurous spirit: we’re designing for a woman who doesn’t want to limit herself. She might be going to a party one evening in a sequined skirt, but the next morning she’s up early to go to yoga in her metallic-stripe leggings – so we’re thrilled to be able to present the collection in Sedona, Arizona, channelling the glamorous explorer spirit that infuses the clothes,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt , Design Director H&M

“Working on SS19 with the H&M Studio team has been a very satisfying project for me. We wanted to capture the mix of high glamour and nature in its wildest form, inspired by the famous 1975 French movie, Le Sauvage, with Catherine Deneuve as a runaway bride on a tropical island. The combination of high glamour and more utilitarian pieces feels very ‘me’ – I like to dress in this way and I hope other women will too,” says, Géraldine Saglio, stylist and creative consultant

Taking a free-spirited glam explorer as its muse, the SS19 collection offers a versatile mix of thrilling, statement pieces with low-key, utility-led separates. With mood board references that include the vibrantly-hued mineral ponds of Utah, the collection’s key pieces comprise of a rainbow-hued printed dress, a decadent sequin-splattered skirt, and a structured utility jacket – all of which spell effortless glamour.

ABOUT H&M STUDIO

H&M Studio is H&M’s biannual, most fashion-forward collection. Created by a dedicated design team, the limited-edition collection of trend-led looks and statement pieces has in the past been unveiled during Paris Fashion Week with a runway show. In 2019 it will adopt an innovative immersive theatre format.

*H&M is proud to be a sustainable brand promoting second-hand use of clothing with their Garment Collection program. Drop your bag of unwanted clothing (any brand, any condition) in the recycling box at your local H&M store. For more information, please click the link here.