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On the popular blog site, there is an article posted titled, “Prank of the Day: These College Students Pulled off One of the Best April Fools’ Pranks Ever.” The post is a video of an Aquinas College student in a macroeconomics class in Grand Rapids, Mich., who has decided to play a pretty epic prank on the professor, Stephen Barrows on April fool’s day last week. Dr. Stephen Barrows is an associate professor of economics in his second semester at Aquinas College. These college students say that they pulled off one of the best April fools pranks ever, according to the Huffington Post.


Popular since the 19th century, April Fools’ Day is an old custom that is celebrated every year on the first day of April. It is celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other, both the jokes and their victims being known as the “April fools”. Hoax stories may be reported by the press and other media on this day and then explained on subsequent days.

It has been reported by My Fox 8 that, the prank was inspired by Stephen Barrows’ seemingly harsh in class cell phone policy. So the students decide to play a prank on the professor. The video begins with a message reading, “Our professor has a policy that if your phone rings in class, you must answer it on speakerphone.”

An Aquinas College senior, Bailey Terebinski, told FOX17 that, ‘If your cell phone rang in class, you had to answer it on speakerphone.” The caller says, “Hi, this is Kevin from the Pregnancy Resource Center. Per your request, I’m calling to inform you that the test results have come back positive. Congratulations!”

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The look on Dr. Stephen Barrows face is priceless when Taylor Nefcy answers her phone on speakerphone, as shown in the video on the Cheezburger site.

“Why isn’t she taking this off speakerphone?” Dr. Barrows reported to FOX17, was the first thing he thought.

The Professor has congratulated his students saying that this was a job that was “well, well done.” ABC News has reported that Stephen Barrows no longer has the cell phone policy in place. According to My Fox 8, he has changed his cell phone policy to have students immediately shut their phones off if it rings.

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