Why do we call them practical jokes?
A practical joke or prank is a stunt or trick to purposely make someone feel foolish or victimized, usually for humor. The term “practical” refers to the fact that the joke consists of someone doing something (a practice), rather than a verbal or written joke. A practical joke can be caused by the victim falling for a prank, the victim stumbling into a prank, the prankster forcing a prank on the victim, the prankster causing others to do something to the victim, or even causing the victim to do something to others.
Do you like when you are the victim?
I personally do not. Now I don’t mind when someone, who may remain nameless, messes with my seat at church. If they were to perhaps: put a baby chair in my spot, collapse the table onto my chair, turn my chair upside down, place my chair on the tabletop etc … I would not mind … and might even chuckle.
But I do not like when they embarrass me or tear up my stuff. When I was in elementary school we had a soccer slumber party. While I was sleeping they put my knee pads in water and then put them into the freezer. Being the child that I was … not really seeing an easy solution of thawing them out … I bent them and actually broke the inside padding in half. My mom made me wear them … they were not quite as effective as they had been prior to the incident.
Do you like when you are the prankster?
The best one I think I was ever a part of was when I worked at a bank in Illinois. My friend and I worked in the drive-thru and a very high strung girl worked in the lobby. One day my friend brought about 10 pennies that she had glued together in a line. We put them on the lobby girl’s tray with some loose pennies on top. When she got down to the glued pennies we thought she would laugh and think we were very “practical”. She, however, did not. She thought they were her pennies and that she was not going to balance at the end of the day … it was 10 cents … not a big deal … really. But we never admitted to doing it because it blew up so big. She came to the drive-thru to use the phone. We heard her telling her husband to be ready because she was going to need a drink when she got home. Sheesh! I’m so glad we didn’t glue her Sacajawea dollars together … she would have probably had a seizure.
What practical jokes have you been a part of? In general, do you think they are funny … or immature and annoying?
*** The workplace is the most common site of practical jokes. Don’t worry boss, I’m too lazy to try any of these.