Bad Ideas: Plagiarizing Pranks from a Kids’ Website & Saying They’ll Lead to “Steamy Activity”by Lauren Passell on July 13, 2012
Wonkette has pointed out that Fark has pointed out that Cracked has pointed out that Fox News Magazine’s style and beauty editor Amber Milt’s advice on how to prank your husband looks awfully familiar. The piece, “10 Pranks That Will Spice Up Your Relationship,” includes tips that are eerily similar to something else on the web that was featured on the children’s website prank-ideas-central.com, in an article titled “7 Kid Pranks To Play On Random Victims.”
The tips, like “The old sticker-on-the-back routine of the “Kick Me” variety is not very clever, and it’s certainly not nice — but it is pretty funny. Try “Hug Me” instead, and wait for him to come home and tell you about his bizarre office encounters” and “An oldie but goodie: Superglue a coin to the floor and watch as he scratches away to pick it up” — are tips we do not stand behind.
After reading tip number 8: “Add some sweet senanigans to your day with a little fruity fun. Carefully poke some gummy worms into fresh fruit, like apples. Give your guy (or even your kids) a wormy apple for lunch and watch their face light up,” the author of the Cracked piece Googled “poking a gummy worm into an apple” and stumbled upon the kids’ site and noticed that it featured the exact same prank. (The rest of the pranks, too, were stolen by Milt.)
“Let me make this as clear as I can,” the Cracked author writes. “FoxNews.com’s style and beauty editor Amber Milt found an article for children, stole it, and presented it to Fox News readers as erotic material.”
And there you have it. I actually feel kind of bad for Milt. Unlike this terrible advice from Amber Estes’ college paper, I am positive this was not meant to be a joke. Having no idea how many people read prank-ideas-central.com, Milt clearly didn’t think she’d get caught. I wonder, though, under what duress would one do such a thing? Is Fox News torturing Milt for material, under paying her and over working her? I feel sort of bad for her. But as a writer myself, I’m taking a tip: there is some great ass content on prank-ideas-central.com! (Just don’t expect to see any of that stuff on the Date Report anytime soon.)