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Whether you’re mischievous, seeking revenge for a joke played on you, or just plan to be goofy, nothing satisfies quite like a well-executed practical joke. Whatever the reason, we’ve got you covered! Remember though, prank at your own risk. We won’t be responsible if you prank your dad and he comes at you with a slipper!

Coin Stuck to the Sidewalk Trick This one is simple but effective. Use super glue to stick a coin (or several coins) to the sidewalk and then watch as people try to take advantage of the unexpected windfall. Note how long they try to get the coin before giving up entirely. Be careful with the glue, if you stick your fingers together then the joke is on you.

The Great Switcharoo Take the salt shaker and substitute sugar for the salt. Try not to giggle at su the t next meal when someone uses it and a can’t understand why their food tastes funny. You could also switch the tas salt and pepper shakers!

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Drip, Drip, Drip Use a pin to make a few small holes in a plastic disposable cup, and make sure to put it back on the top of the stack. Watch as your victim takes a drink and it ends up all over their shirt. Make sure it’s a drink that doesn’t stain, or the jokes really on whoever has to do the laundry!

Blech! Sprinkle a little saltt on brush your victims’ toothbrush re. the night before.

The mystery poop Get an empty toilet paper roll and a bowl of water. Unroll the toilet paper roll and submerge it underwater until it’s soggy. Let it get REALLY soggy. When you think it’s soggy enough, remove the toilet paper roll and start squeezing it into a poop shape. Now just leave it around the house...


Noisy Surprise N Grab a bunch of alarm clocks, set them to alarm at very early times in the morning and hide them all around your victim’s room!

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Freeze a bowl of water overnight. In the morning, pour a thin layer of milk on top and sprinkle some cereal on top. Serve.

Weight Lifting

Put rocks in the bottom of someone’s schoolbag. Gradually add more and more each day. They’ll wondering why their start wo bag is getting heavier.

If the Shoe Fits This one is a simple but effective prank: Take some toilet paper and bunch it up. Place it in the toes of your victim’s shoes. They will be wondering why all of a sudden their shoes don’t seem to be the right size!

Stop that Mouse! Put some tape over the light on the bottom of a computer mouse and it will not work until the tape is taken off.

Coin Roll With a pencil, heavily mark the sides of a coin. Then ask a classmate if he or she can place it on their forehead and roll it down to their nose. Tell them if they can, they can keep the e coin. After they give it a try, it will leave ave a black pencil mark on their face.

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ER! M I A L C S I D Practical jokes that destroy property or hurt feelings are not funny. They are mean. All the jokes in this issue are meant to be reversible. Once the joke is over, you — the joker — should be willing to undo any temporary disorder or damage it caused. Remember though, that hurt feelings are not so easily undone, so choose your victims carefully. A practical joke is not funny if, in the end, your victim feels like crying, not laughing. Remember, too, that one good joke deserves another. Be a good sport when the tables are turned and the joke is on you.


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Magazine Mosaic What’s a mosaic? It’s a picture made out of lots of small tiles — or in this case, paper squares

Instructions: Before you design your mosaic, look at old mosaics in books or online for inspiration. Sketch a design on the back of a paper plate; we chose a sun pattern. Tear out magazine pages printed with shades of the colours you’d like to use. Cut strips of the pages into small squares (ours were about 3/8 inch on a side). The shapes don’t have to be perfect — a little variety is what makes a mosaic interesting. You’ll also need a few triangles to fit in corners. Mix together equal parts white glue and water. To fill in the design, brush a bit of glue mixture on the plate, put the squares in place, and seal each with a top coat of the glue mixture. When you are finished, let the project dry completely.

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World wide weird

Get your weekly dose of the unusual and funny from across the globe!


Speed Racer

Fish you were here

A seven-year-old girl is making boys at her school jealous by driving around in a replica £25million Ferrari. Scarlett Gurr’s father Stuart, a car restorer, built her this half-size version of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO — complete with 49cc engine, which gives it a top speed of 24kph. A member of the British Women Racing Drivers Club, Scarlett hopes to take part in the Little Big Man race at Le Mans next year. Her father, of West Moseley, Surrey, will make her a mini Mercedes Uhlenhaut Gullwing coupe 300SLR for the race. In the past he has made Scarlet a miniature replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a series of Type 35 Bugattis.

The camera loves him — and it’s just as well, for this fish loves nothing more than getting his toothy grin on tourists’ holiday snaps. Gavin, a yellow and blue parrotfish, has been bitten by the photobombing bug but he only poses with the ladies. He is fast becoming the main attraction for divers at a popular holiday resort by flashing his pearly whites for visitors to his underwater world. And while photobombers are usually unwelcome additions to people’s snaps, these pictures reveal that tourists are delighted when he becomes part of their holiday memories. ‘Gavin’s been around for a couple of years now and he looks forward to coming over and grinning his lovely little head off at all our guests,’ said Karl Kuhle, who organises dives near Green Island, on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, for Seawalker Australia. Gavin and his tropical species grow up to 1m (3ft) in length and are vital to the reef-building process, because their parrot-like peaks crush rubble and dead coral into sand as they feed. DAILYMAIL.CO.UK


Job vacancy: Polar bear spotter wanted If you have a loud voice and aren’t too scared of large animals then you may be interested in a new polar bear spotting job that has become available. The role would see you posted in Svalbard, Norway, and your key duty would be looking out for the intimidating beast, while scientists carry out important work. It has become necessary to hire someone to spot the animals as their numbers have increased in the area, with an estimated 3,000 bears compared to 2,400 humans on the islands. Researchers operating at the location have unsurprisingly become concerned for their safety, which has led Svalbard’s governor Odd Olsen Ingerø to come up with the new vacancy. Having firearm skills would be a bonus when applying for the job but the only requirement is you have a loud voice so you can scare off the polar bears. If you do get the job then you can expect freezing temperatures and poor phone reception — just the conditions you would want when facing a massive bear. METRO.CO.UK

Books and Movies

Leaping off the page It’s literature, but not as we usually see it, as books are carved up and folded to form landscapes, and characters are delicately cut out to pop up from the page. Paper sculptor Justin Rowe’s artwork showing the tactile beauty of books is currently on display at the British Academy. He uses a simple scalpel with a rotating blade to create each piece. ‘This is charity shop junk that no-one else wants,’ said Mr Rowe, 41, a bookseller at the Cambridge University Press. ‘The tackier the better, as it makes them look antique to start with, and old books have great illustrations.’ The free exhibition, called Turning The Page, is part of the British Academy’s literature week which starts today. METRO.CO.UK

by Faiza Rahman

Because frights are fun The popular Fear Street and Goosebumps series first introduced children to the world of gothic fiction. Horror, terror and mystery are the key features of such fiction, while romance is also an integral part. Storylines of gothic fiction are often based in grand, roomy medieval castles with large stairways and many secret passages. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is thought to be one of the most notable works of gothic fiction, in which an ambitious scientist manages to create a horrifying creature through a scientific experiment. The gigantic creature, referred to as a ‘disgusting monster’ or a ‘wretch’ is hated by the very man who created him. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is another great gothic novel. Set in the late 1800s, it’s about Count Dracula, a vampire who is out to create more of

his kind by sucking the blood of humans. A few men, eventually, decide to take up the task of finishing him off. I won’t tell you what will happen in the end, you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next. I highly recommended you read it but be warned; this book is not for the faint hearted. Stephen King is another great horror writer but his works are not quite ‘gothic’ — only wonderfully terrifying. Try reading IT and you’ll never be able to see circus clowns the same wayy again! g For those who are interested in learning arning more about what gothic fiction really is, I’d d suggest you to read The Castle of Otranto. This is 1764 novel by Horace Walpole is the first work ork of gothic fiction and it set the stage for later masterpieces such as Dracula and Frankenstein. The book is quite i difficult to find at local bookstores, tores, but you can find a copy online on the Project ect Gutenberg website (which, by the way, is an amazing website when it comes to rare books). Happy reading!

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Did you know?


s n i g i r O d r o W Goodbye Ever wonder where the word ‘Goodbye’ comes from?

It comes from the term “Godbwye” a contraction of the phrase “God be with ye”. Depending on the source, the contraction seems to have first popped up somewhere between 1565 and 1575. The first documented use of the “Godbwye” appeared in a letter English writer and scholar Gabriel Harvey wrote in 1573. In it, he wrote, “To requite your gallonde of godbwyes, I regive you a pottle of howdyes.” As time went on, it is believed the phrase was influenced by terms like “good day” and “good evening”, transitioning then from “god be with ye” to godb’wye to good-b’wy and finally ending in today’s blessing of goodbye.

How to say ‘Do you speak English?’ in many different languages. Afrikaans Albanian Catalan Corsican Friulian French German Greenlandic Haitian Creole Hausa Japanese Kinyarwanda Maldivian Papiamento Quechua Romansh Sicilian Somali Tok Pisin Toktok Zazaki

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Praat jy Engels? A flisni anglisht? Parles anglès? Parlate Inglese? Fevelistu anglês? Parles-tu anglais? Sprichst du Englisch? Tuluttut oqalusinnaavit? Eske ou pale angle? Ka na jin harshen turanci kuwa? Eigo wa dekimasu ka? Uvuga icyongereza? Ingireysin vaahaka dhakkan ingeytha? Bo por papia Ingles? Inlista rimankichu? Discurras ti englais? Parra inglisi? Ingriis miyaad ku hadashaa? Yu save long tok inglis, a? long tok inglis? To Englezki zanena?

Cool facts The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes. The coconut palm is sometimes called the “tree of life”. If you plant a single orange seed you will probably get more than one plant. 25% of an apple’s volume is air, that’s why they float. Watermelons are 92% water. Kiwi fruit contains actinidin which can be used to tenderise meat. The largest watermelon ever grown was 262 pounds, or 119 kg. Bananas are high in the B-complex vitamins, which help calm the nervous system. Over 60 million tons of apples are grown worldwide annually.



Fun & games


How carefully did you read this week’s issue of HiFive? If you think you are up to the task, try to solve our special crossword. The answers are all over HiFive! Put on your thinking caps, it is time to put the old noggin to work!

Across 2. What’s the title for this week’s issue? 5. Mark Shelly wrote ___________ 6. Goodbye comes from the term _________ 7. IT by Stephen King is about ________ clowns. 11. This week, Faiza talks about _______ fiction. 12. You can mix _______ juice in your victim’s glass of water. 13. Dracula was written by ______ Stoker. 15. You can make a magazine mosaic out of _______ squares. 18. Scarlett is a very lucky girl, she owns a _______ 250 GTO! 19. Shepherd was able to stay awake by watching James Bond and _______ movies.

Down 1. You can use super _____ to stick coins on the sidewalk. 3. What do you put on the bottom of a mouse? 4. Gavin is a __________ 7. The ________ palm is sometimes called the “tree of life”. 8. ‘Parra inglisi?’ means ‘Do you speak English?’ in _________ 9. You can hide ________ clocks in your victim’s room! 10. There is a job opening in Norway, you have to look out for _______ bears! 14. Kiwi fruit contains _________ 16. What do you put in your victim’s schoolbag? 17. Sprinkle a little ______ on your victims’ toothbrush the night before.


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