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His Life Is All Wrapped Up

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His Life Is All Wrapped Up

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His Life Is All Wrapped Up

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Adal Rifai sits in his friend Louie Saunders' apartment in Chicago, after wrapping Saunders' belongings while he was out of town. It took 16 people, 35 rolls of wrapping paper and eight hours to finish the job. John H. White/AP/Chicago Sun-Times hide caption

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Adal Rifai sits in his friend Louie Saunders' apartment in Chicago, after wrapping Saunders' belongings while he was out of town. It took 16 people, 35 rolls of wrapping paper and eight hours to finish the job.

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This Christmas, Louie Saunders has lots of unwrapping to do. But the gifts aren't exactly new.

After Saunders gave him a spare key, Adal Rifai gathered members of his improv troupe to wrap every single item in Saunders' apartment: his clothes, the bath mat — even a beer in his fridge. The elaborate prank took eight hours and required 35 rolls of wrapping paper and 16 comedians turned wrappers.

Most of his apartment is still not unwrapped, but Saunders says everything he unwraps turns out to be just what he wanted.