Practical joke

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A practical joke, or prank, is a mischievous trick played on someone, generally causing the victim to experience embarrassment, perplexity, confusion, or discomfort.wikipedia
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Hoax

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Practical jokes differ from confidence tricks or hoaxes in that the victim finds out, or is let in on the joke, rather than being talked into handing over money or other valuables.
Although practical jokes have likely existed for thousands of years, one of the earliest recorded hoaxes in Western history was the drummer of Tedworth in 1661.

April Fools' Day

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Some countries in Western culture traditionally emphasize the carrying out of practical jokes on April Fools' Day.
April Fools' Day or April Fool's Day (sometimes called All Fools' Day) is an annual celebration on April 1, commemorated by practical jokes and hoaxes.

Joke

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A practical joke is "practical" because it consists of someone doing something that is physical, in contrast to a verbal or written joke.
Some humorous forms which are not verbal jokes are: involuntary humour, situational humour, practical jokes, slapstick and anecdotes.

Practical joke device

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Objects can feature in practical jokes, like fake vomit, chewing-gum bugs, exploding cigars, stink bombs, costumes and whoopee cushions.
A practical joke device is a prop or toy intended to confuse, frighten, or amuse individuals as a prank.

Exploding cigar

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Objects can feature in practical jokes, like fake vomit, chewing-gum bugs, exploding cigars, stink bombs, costumes and whoopee cushions.
The customary intended purpose of exploding cigars is as a practical joke, rather than to cause lasting physical harm to the smoker of the cigar.

Stink bomb

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Objects can feature in practical jokes, like fake vomit, chewing-gum bugs, exploding cigars, stink bombs, costumes and whoopee cushions.
They range in effectiveness from simple pranks to military grade malodorants or riot control chemical agents.

Whoopee cushion

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Objects can feature in practical jokes, like fake vomit, chewing-gum bugs, exploding cigars, stink bombs, costumes and whoopee cushions.
Roman boy-emperor Elagabalus, for example, was said to enjoy practical jokes at his dinner parties and would often place whoopee cushions under the chairs of his more pompous guests.

Hacks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are particularly known for their "hacks".
Hacks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are practical jokes and pranks meant to prominently demonstrate technical aptitude and cleverness, or to commemorate popular culture and historical topics.

Dreadnought hoax

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The Dreadnought hoax was a practical joke pulled by Horace de Vere Cole in 1910.

H. Allen Smith

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American humorist H. Allen Smith wrote a 320-page book in 1953 called The Compleat Practical Joker that contains numerous examples of practical jokes.
The Compleat Practical Joker (1953, reprinted in 1980) detailed the practical jokes pulled by his friends Hugh Troy, publicist Jim Moran and other pranksters, such as the artist Waldo Peirce.

List of practical joke topics

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This is a list of practical joke topics (also known as a prank, gag, jape or shenanigan) which are mischievous tricks or jokes played on someone, typically causing the victim to experience embarrassment, perplexity, confusion, or discomfort.

Pieing

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Although pieing is often a harmless practical joke, it can be a political action when the target is an authority figure, politician, industrialist, or celebrity and can be used as a means of protesting against the target's political beliefs, or against perceived arrogance or vanity.

Windy City Heat

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The 2003 TV movie Windy City Heat, consists of an elaborate practical joke on the film's star, Perry Caravallo, who is led to believe that he is starring in a faux action film, Windy City Heat, where the filming which is ostensibly for the film's DVD extras actually documents the long chain of pranks and jokes performed at Caravallo's expense.
However, there is no such film, as the entire project is an elaborate prank played on him by Don Barris and Mole with the help of producers Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla and real celebrity cameos including Carson Daly, Dane Cook, Tammy Faye Bakker, and William "The Refrigerator" Perry.

Prank call

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A prank call (also known as a crank call, phony call or hoax call) is a telephone call intended by the caller as a practical joke played on the person answering.

List of school pranks

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A school prank is a prank primarily occurring in a school setting.

Snipe hunt

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A snipe hunt is a type of practical joke or fool's errand, in existence in North America as early as the 1840s, in which an unsuspecting newcomer is duped into trying to catch a non-existent animal called a snipe.

Confidence trick

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Practical jokes differ from confidence tricks or hoaxes in that the victim finds out, or is let in on the joke, rather than being talked into handing over money or other valuables.

Laughter

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Thus most practical jokes are affectionate gestures of humour and designed to encourage laughter.

Cruelty

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However, practical jokes performed with cruelty can constitute bullying, whose intent is to harass or exclude rather than reinforce social bonds through ritual humbling.

Bullying

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However, practical jokes performed with cruelty can constitute bullying, whose intent is to harass or exclude rather than reinforce social bonds through ritual humbling.

Western culture

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Some countries in Western culture traditionally emphasize the carrying out of practical jokes on April Fools' Day.

Door

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For example, the joker who is setting up and conducting the practical joke might hang a bucket of water above a doorway and rig the bucket using pulleys so when the door opens the bucket dumps the water.

Costume

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Objects can feature in practical jokes, like fake vomit, chewing-gum bugs, exploding cigars, stink bombs, costumes and whoopee cushions.

Office

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Practical jokes often occur in offices, usually to surprise co-workers.