Encyclopedia > Practical joke

  Article Content

Practical joke

A practical joke or prank is a humorous practice in which another person is fooled, annoyed, or embarrassed in what the perpetrator imagines to be a mild and light-hearted fashion. Some types of practical jokes include:

  • hoaxes, especially ones perpetrated on or by the media (See also: culture jamming).
  • physical types of practical jokes, such as causing someone to:
    • trip,
    • get wet (ex: using water-filled balloons),
    • unknowingly wear embarrassing signs (ex: a 'kick me' note on the back),
    • get soiled (saran wrap on the toilet seat) or
    • produce unpleasant sounds (ex: a whoopee cushion[?])
  • forms of mild harassment (ex: soaping someone's windows, decorating their yard with toilet paper, sending them on a snipe hunt).

Practical jokes are features of various kinds of holidays, such as April Fool's Day, Halloween, and in Spanish-speaking cultures the Day of the Holy Innocents. They also feature in various rites of passage, such as stag nights[?].

see also: joke, prank, humour, sadism, laughter, hack (MIT student pranks)

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Reformed churches

... Declaration of Barmen[?], Confession of 1967[?], and A Brief Statement of Faith - PCUSA[?]. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has split a number of times in it ...

This page was created in 33.4 ms