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Surprise! The Spookiest Pranks to Hit the Internet

Surprise! The Spookiest Pranks to Hit the Internet

Originally posted 10/12/2013 04:00PM

The bewitching hour must be upon us! With October in full swing and Halloween fast approaching, there's never been a better time to embrace the spooky spirit of the season, and a marketing company behind the upcoming remake of Carrie did just that. Building a fake wall and employing a stuntman, viral video makers Thinkmodo treated customers at an N.Y.C. coffee shop to a shocking display of one woman's telekinesis. While the stunt was definitely startling, it's not the first to have us shaking (sometimes from laughter) in our boots. Try watching these without getting goosebumps – and a case of the giggles:

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Filed Under: Carrie, The Ring, Today
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Miley Cyrus: 'I'm the Happiest I've Ever Been'

Miley Cyrus: 'I'm the Happiest I've Ever Been in My Whole Life'

Originally posted 10/07/2013 10:45AM

Despite all the controversy surrounding her love of twerking, risqué VMA performance and feud with Sinéad O'Connor, Miley Cyrus says she's never been happier.

During an appearance on the Today show Monday, Cyrus, 20, told Matt Lauer, "I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole life."

"The most important thing is being a really good person," the "Wrecking Ball" singer told Lauer when he asked about her the music video's nudity and VMA performance, which he deemed a "strategic hot mess." "And that doesn't depend on what you do on stage, that depends on how you treat people when you're off stage, and I know how I treat people."

She continued, "I don't ever really plan to offend people, but sometimes that just happens because ... they're not open to what they don't understand. But my fans understand. [The VMAs] went exactly as planned. I mean, it's a month later, and we're still talking about it ... so it worked."

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Today Show Super Fan Linny Boyette Dies

Linny Boyette, Fixture in Today Show Live Audience for 20 Years, Dies

Originally posted 10/07/2013 10:05AM

The Today Show is remembering its biggest fan, Linny Boyette.

The hosts paid tribute Monday to the late super-fan, who for nearly 20 years was on hand in the Rockefeller Center plaza to watch the show in person.

Matt Lauer said he was "part of the show," and Al Roker called him "a good luck charm."

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Filed Under: Death, Today
British Tourist Hit By N.Y.C. Cab Thanks Strangers Who 'Saved My Life'

British Tourist Hit By N.Y.C. Cab Thanks Strangers Who 'Saved My Life'

Originally posted 09/24/2013 10:00AM

Sian Green, a British tourist who five weeks ago was the victim of a New York City taxi cab accident in which one of her legs was severed, expressed her gratitude to those strangers who stepped forward, stayed with her and helped when the horrific incident occurred.

"There's good people in the world," the 23-year-old, just out of the hospital and smiling, said on Tuesday's Today show. "I can't thank them enough. They saved my life."

Green, a student of fashion-buying and trainee at Hugo Boss, had been in the city for only a day with pal Keshia Warren when a taxi swerved to avoid hitting a cyclist. The vehicle then jumped the curb and plowed into Green as she was eating a hot dog in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center.

"We came here thinking we're just going on holiday," she told the Today show's Matt Lauer, as Warren sat at her side, "and it's been like a whirlwind and it's turned upside down."

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It's a Girl for NBC's Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk

It's a Girl for NBC's Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk

Originally posted 08/22/2013 03:00PM

The on-air personalities welcomed daughter Harper Estelle on Wednesday evening

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Bradley Manning: 'I Am Chelsea Manning. I Am Female' (VIDEO)

UpdatePosted 08/22/2013 09:00AM

Bradley Manning: 'I Am Chelsea Manning. I Am Female'

Originally posted 08/22/2013 08:25AM

Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier sentenced this week to 35 years in jail for leaking classified documents, said Thursday that he identifies as female, wants to be known as Chelsea Manning and would like to begin hormone therapy immediately.

"I am Chelsea Manning. I am female," the U.S. Army private said in a statement read on the Today show.

"Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition."

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Hannah Anderson Explains Relationship with James DiMaggio

Hannah Anderson Dismisses Critics, Explains Relationship with James DiMaggio

Originally posted 08/22/2013 07:45AM

Less than two weeks after her dramatic rescue, Hannah Anderson pushed back on Thursday at critics who have questioned her relationship with her abductor, James Lee DiMaggio – saying the letters and text messages she sent him were completely innocent.

On the very day she was abducted, Anderson, 16, reportedly sent as many as 13 texts to DiMaggio, who is suspected of killing Hannah's mother Christina, 44, and brother Ethan, 8, before being killed himself during an arrest attempt by the FBI.

But Hannah says the texts can be explained.

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Today's Savannah Guthrie: I Would Love to Have Kids

Savannah Guthrie: I Would Love to Have Kids

Originally posted 08/14/2013 08:20AM

She's busy planning a wedding, but there's something else Savannah Guthrie would like to plan in the future – a family.

"I would love to have kids," the Today show host, who got engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Michael Feldman, in May, tells ELLE magazine for its September issue (available Aug. 20).

"I hope so, if we're lucky and blessed, but who knows what life holds, you know? I'm 41 years old."

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Couple Marry with Their Dying 2-Year-Old Son as Best Man

Couple Marry with Their Dying 2-Year-Old Son as Best Man

Originally posted 08/05/2013 12:35PM

Logan Stevenson may only be 2 years old, but he has helped redefine the meaning of "best man."

In Saturday's heartbreaking yet hopeful wedding of his parents, Pennsylvania couple Sean Stevenson and Christine Swidorsky, the bride walked down the aisle holding the best man: Logan, who suffers a rare fatal disease, reports NBC Pittsburgh affiliate WPXI.

"This is our dream come true. All our family together and we're all together celebrating, the celebration of my son's life and the celebration of our marriage," Swidorsky said.

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Paula Deen Loses Five-Book Deal Despite Support from Fans | Paula Deen

Paula Deen Loses Five-Book Deal Despite Support from Fans

Originally posted 06/29/2013 08:50AM

Paula Deen's horrible month just got worse.

On Friday, Ballantine Books announced it would not publish her latest cookbook that was slated to be released in October. The book already hit No. 1 one on the Amazon bestseller list Thursday, months before its release, after furious fans rallied to the defense of the embattled celebrity cook.

Deen, 66, has watched her lucrative endorsement deals slip away this month after she admitted to using a racial slur in the past.

"After careful consideration, Ballantine Books has made the difficult decision to cancel the publication of Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, the publisher, a division of Random House, said in statement to PEOPLE.

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