2016年7月26日 星期二

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When Diane Arbus died in 1971, she joined a pantheon of distraught, creative women, including Sylvia Plath, Marilyn Monroe, Janis Joplin and Frida Kahlo, who all died prematurely

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Minnesota neighborhood pranked by frozen pants popping up around town: “All over Northeast Minneapolis, people are freezing their pants. There is no end in sight.” http://abcn.ws/1QlUgMi

Mayor Martin Walsh said the stunts, which have been shared on social...

What's perhaps most impressive is that Alfredo and Violetta's "Brindisi" unfolds in a small regional jet.
It's no secret that flash mob performances been somewhat taken over by...

  A distraught woman at the Kuala Lumpur airport waits for news about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

'Want to see a movie on Valentine's Day? Sorry, you'll have to sit separately. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Give us singles a chance'
Sixty years ago today, Marilyn Monroe wed Joe DiMaggio. Fast-forward nine months, and a distraught Monroe announced their divorce. LIFE noted, "Even for Hollywood...the ending seemed abrupt." http://ti.me/1hnvkRl

(Photo: George Silk—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)


 But a tumultuous affair soon left Casagemas emotionally distraught, and the two friends left Paris for Spain at the end of the year.



Rapper Jams Emergency Phone Line With Flash Mob

The Game tells his Twitter followers to call Compton Sheriff if they want to get an internship.

Mr. Liu said that more than 1,000 investigators, including 865 Taiwanese police officers, worked more than three months on the inquiry. The arrested included 410 Taiwanese and 181 Chinese, many of whom were working in other countries and were deported to China and Taiwan on Friday evening. Others who were arrested were citizens of Vietnam, Cambodia, South Korea and Thailand.
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On Monday afternoon, several dozen local high school students, business leaders and city employees gathered "spontaneously" outside City Hall to dance around to the Village People tune "Y.M.C.A." and hold up a sign that read, "Palo Alto for Google Fiber." A video of the "flash mob" was posted on Facebook, billed as an outburst of support "captured by coincidence as a film crew prepared to film a Palo Alto City Council meeting."
Well, it wasn't a total coincidence, admitted Steve Crow of the local firm Crow Digital Media. Crow said Palo Alto Council Member Yiaway Yeh came to him with the idea to record a flash mob as a marketing ploy. An initial attempt on Sunday fizzled because of problems securing a venue, but the Monday effort came together successfully, he said.

BBC apologises for 'gross lapse of taste'

The BBC yesterday suspended Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand for "gross lapse...incident are carried out. Mr Brand subsequently resigned as a presenter on BBC Radio 2.Yesterday the BBC faced criticism over its handling of the issue, with many licence-payers...

BBC suspends presenters

The BBC has suspended Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand for "gross lapse of...are carried out. Mr Brand subsequently resigned as a presenter on BBC Radio 2.On Wednesday the BBC faced criticism over its handling of the issue, with many licence...

Prime minister attacks conduct of BBC presenters

...inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour of two BBC presenters, as the broadcaster came under...actor Andrew Sachs was an issue for the BBC and Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator.But...investigate the matter and it is for the BBC, the BBC Trust and Ofcom to take any appropriate...

BBC sorry for prank on actor

The BBC apologised to the actor Andrew Sachs yesterday...said he had been upset by the incident.The BBC said yesterday: "We would like to sincerely...secretary, will call in a speech tomorrow for the BBC to drop plans for local video news content...

Radio 2 chief quits over prank calls row

The controller of Radio 2, one of the BBC's most successful executives, resigned last night...report by Mark Thompson, the director-general of the BBC, to his own governors.In a statement, the BBC Trust said that Mr Ross was being suspended for 12...

More than Ross-Brand fiasco - a leadership question

...excellent editorial "Too little, too late" (October 30) on the BBC's latest fiasco.There is, as you say, a bigger question...listeners have taken this opportunity to complain to the BBC.The BBC, through its Trust, is answerable to the public, which pays...


Recent research suggests that the experience of being duped can stir self-reflection in a way few other experiences can.

A New Zealand teen who was flashing her breasts at passing cars has been found guilty of disorderly behavior for the prank, which ended with her in a hospital after a distracted driver ran into her.Cherelle May Dudfield, 18, pleaded guilty to the charge when she appeared in Invercargill District Court, the Southland Times newspaper reported.

run into:片語,撞上;偶遇。例句:I ran into an old friend on the street the other day. (我前幾天在街上偶遇一個老朋友。)
prank:名詞,動詞,胡鬧,惡作劇。He’s not a kid anymore but still likes to play pranks on people.(他已經不是小孩了,但還是喜歡對人惡作劇。)

flash mob
A group of people who gather at a predetermined time and place to perform a silly prank such as yelling at the top of their lungs for 30 seconds and quickly dispersing before the police arrive. Using cellphones, the flash mob can change its venue if the first one has been compromised. Why do they do this? Because they can!

flash mob 
Line breaks: flash mob
Pronunciation: /ˈflaʃmɒb /


A large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse, typically organized by means of the Internet or social media:equipped with cameras and LED lights, a flash mob of 135 people appeared out of nowhere to put on a performance

noun [C]
a trick that is intended to be amusing but not to cause harm or damage:
When I was at school we were always playing pranks on our teachers.
I've had enough of your childish pranks.

noun [C]
someone who performs pranks on people
verb [T]
to deceive someone, usually making them do something they did not intend to do:
The girls were duped by drug smugglers into carrying heroin for them.

prank·ster (prăngk'stər) pronunciation
One who plays tricks or pranks.
The alcohol-fueled prank went awry when one of the vehicles crashed into her as she tried to run to the side of the road, police Inspector Olaf Jensen said.

someone who has been tricked:
an innocent dupe


中國時報 2008.04.02 
惡作劇的積極面 提醒人謙卑

尹德瀚/紐約時報一日報導  4月1日愚人節,很多人在這一天大搞整人惡作劇,目的多半是博君一笑,但學者指出,惡作劇除了搞笑之外,背後往往隱含一些更深層的意義。  人類學者發現,惡作劇在世界上有些地方是儀式的一環,目的在於教人以謙卑的態度接受成功。近年來有些研究顯示,被惡作劇整到的經驗比其他經驗更能刺激人「自省」,從而發揮提醒人不要自大或粗心的功能。  

已故美國社運人士郝夫曼(Abbie Hoffman)把惡作劇分成好、壞和中性3類,壞惡作劇就像兄弟會入會儀式中有些帶有危險性的整人遊戲,往往失之太過;中性惡作劇是純粹搞笑,例如把馬桶整個用保鮮膜包住。至於好的惡作劇,依照郝夫曼的定義,應該是以幽默方式嘲諷人的恐懼或失敗,這種惡作劇在很多社會的啟蒙儀式或成年禮都可見到,例如在巴布亞紐幾內亞的達瑞比族人會要求小孩子做個小盒子,然後將盒子埋入土裡,同時告訴小孩子說,過不久盒子裡會出現寶藏。  



3位心理學者-明尼蘇達大學的沃絲、佛羅里達州立大學的柏梅絲特和加拿大卑詩大學的秦傑森去年發表一篇論文,文中指稱被惡作劇整到的感覺,即憤怒、自責和怨懟,是一種很奇特的組合,可刺激人針對「我有多容易上當?」或「我有哪些盲點?」等問題進行省思。  這些學者找來55位男生和女生,進行心理學所謂的「違實思考」(counterfactual thinking),也就是先在腦中回想自己被整到的經驗,再假想自己如果警覺一點,會有什麼不同的反應。伊利諾大學心理學者羅斯說,類似的研究顯示,「違實思考」可啟發新行為與新的自我探索,最終可導致自我改善。

Jenna Rink (Christa B. Allen), a girl celebrating her 13th birthday on May 26, 1987, wishes to be 30 in hopes that it would help her overcome her unpopularity at school. Jenna especially wants to join the "Six Chicks", a school clique led by Lucy "Tom-Tom" Wyman (Alexandra Kyle), who takes advantage of Jenna's desire to fit in by manipulating her. Jenna's best friend, Matt Flamhaff (Sean Marquette), gives her a doll dream house he built for her and a packet of "magic wishing dust" for her birthday, which is sprinkled on the roof of the house.
Tom-Tom dashes Jenna's hopes of joining the Six Chicks by pulling a cruel practical joke on her during a game of "Seven Minutes in Heaven". Jenna, mistakenly thinking Matt was responsible, yells at him and barricades herself in the closet where she put the Dream House. She cries and rocks backs and forth, bumping into the wall, wishing to be "30, flirty, and thriving". The wishing dust from the dollhouse sprinkles on her, and seconds later, Jenna awakens as a 30-year-old woman (Jennifer Garner) living in a Fifth Avenue apartment, without her friends or family. It is now 2004, but Jenna has no memory of the 17 years that have passed since her 13th birthday.
30-year-old Jenna's best friend, Lucy (Judy Greer) (no longer nicknamed Tom-Tom), drives her to her work office. Soon, Jenna discovers she works for Poise, her favorite fashion magazine when she was a teenager. Missing her best friend from 1987, Jenna asks her assistant to track down Matt. To her dismay, Jenna learns she and "Matty" have been estranged since high school when Jenna fell in with the in-crowd, and that Matt (Mark Ruffalo) is now engaged.
This is complicated by the fact that Jenna has become a shadow of her former self. She has lost almost all contact with her parents, and she is having an affair with the husband of a colleague. Not only is she generally hated by her co-workers and anyone else she has worked with, she is suspected of giving her magazine's ideas to a rival publication, Sparkle. Jenna slowly realizes that the person she has become is neither trustworthy nor likable, and unknowingly begins to reverse the situation by distancing herself from her new, shallow boyfriend, acting more kindly and honestly towards her co-workers and friends, and trying to restore her relationship with Matt.
After Jenna overhears Lucy badmouthing her to a co-worker, she sadly realizes that what she thought she wanted wasn't important after all. She heads back to her hometown in New Jersey to reunite with her parents and reminisce by looking through school yearbooks and other items from her school days and catch-up on the 17 years she doesn't remember. These inspire her on her return to Manhattan. Over several outings and working together on a magazine project, Jenna becomes friends with Matt again. Although Matt is engaged and Jenna has a boyfriend, they kiss during a nighttime walk. Dazed, Matt realizes he loves Jenna, but cannot change the past.
After arranging a magazine photo shoot with Matt, then making a successful presentation for a planned revamp for Poise, Jenna prepares for the revamp when she gets bad news from the publisher: Poise is shutting down because the work she put into the relaunch ended up in Sparkle. Jenna learns she was responsible for sabotaging Poise from within by sending their material to Sparkle for months. When Lucy learns this, she cons Matt into signing over the photo rights from the relaunch shoot to her. She accepts the position of Sparkle editor-in-chief, using Jenna's work as her own, similar to what she did when the girls were in middle school.
When an already-distraught Jenna discovers Matt is getting married that day, she rushes to his house and begs him to call off the wedding. Matt cannot say yes, although he tells Jenna he loves her. From his closet, he pulls the "dream house" he made 17 years before and gives it back to her. Jenna leaves in tears, crying over the dream house and wishing she could return to 1987.
Unbeknownst to Jenna, specks of wishing dust remain on the dream house, and she wishes she was 13 again. When she opens her eyes, she finds herself back in the closet of the basement at her parents' house, 13 years old again. She runs to Matt and kisses him. Being now true to herself, 17 years later, Jenna and Matt are married and live in a house which resembles the dollhouse.

A practical joke (also known as a prank, gag, jape or shenanigan) is a mischievous trick or joke played on someone, typically causing the victim to experience embarrassment, indignity, or discomfort.


Pronunciation: /dɪˈstrɔːt/


  • very worried and upset:a distraught woman sobbed and screamed for help he is terribly distraught


late Middle English: alteration of the obsolete adjective distract (from Latin distractus 'pulled apart'), influenced by straught, archaic past participle of stretch


dis • traught
1 (…で)取り乱した, ろうばいした, ひどく動揺した((with ...)).
2 乱心した, 狂気の.
DISTRACTの異形. -TRAUGHTのつづりはCAUGHT, BOUGHT, TAUGHTなどの過去分詞形との類推および中英語straught (=stretched)の影響による]

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  • a control on a tape or video recorder for winding the tape forward rapidly: she played the fast forward so the figures jerked about wildly [as modifier]:the fast-forward button
  • a facility for cueing audio equipment by allowing the tape to be played at high speed during fast-forward wind and stopped at the desired place.


  • (fast-forward) [with object] wind (a tape) forward rapidly: people avoid commercial breaks by fast-forwarding material recorded off-air
  • [no object] move speedily forward in time:the text fast-forwards to 1990