Pregnancy prank goes viral

An American college professor has had to rethink his strict rule about answering cell phones in class after being the victim of an April Fools' prank that has gone viral.

Stephen Barrows, an economics professor at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, had declared that any student who received a cell phone call during class had to answer it on speakerphone.

That left him open to a top-notch prank by student Taylor Nefcy, who had a friend call her ''confirming'' her pregnancy with an out-of-the-picture father.

Barrows told Michigan Live his mind stopped when the caller - actually Nefcy's friend - uttered the words ''pregnancy resource centre''.

"My mind just said, 'Did I hear what I thought I heard? I can't believe I did this to her,'" Barrows recalled.

Barrows covered his face with some papers before being informed that it was all an April Fools' joke. 

The video has attracted over 6.6 million views since being posted to YouTube on Saturday, and the students have made several American TV appearances.

Barrows was still laughing about it days later. "They got me so good,'' he says.

We give him an A for being a good sport about it.

Fairfax Media