House made to fit ‘human’ hamster


OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – A practical joker got a taste of revenge when friends turned part of his apartment into a human-sized hamster cage, complete with shredded newspaper bedding, a six-foot exercise wheel and a giant water bottle.

“It was a lot of work, but it was one of those cases where you do it because you have to,” said Keith Jewell, a longtime friend and neighbor who engineered the prank on Luke Trerice.

In 2004, Trerice, 28, enlisted others to help him encase another friend’s apartment in aluminum foil, as well as most of his belongings, including each coin in his spare change.

The revenge plotting began immediately. “I knew that something was happening. They made no effort to hide it,” Trerice said.

Eight people put in more than 100 hours assembling the room, and supplies cost about $300. Jewell, 26, a theater set designer and computer networker, got a machinist’s help in building the giant hamster wheel from metal pipes.

The group worked through the night before Trerice’s arrival, shredding newspaper, blowing up a beach ball, installing the water bottle in a window and filling a metal feed bucket with Cheetos.

Trerice said he’s going to start saving now for his own revenge plans.