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History of Pranks and Practical Jokes (1400-1967)

billkozyBillkozy on 06/23/2010

HistoryofPranksandPracticalJokes14001967 Photo Hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes, whether politically motivated or otherwise, here is part 1 in a 3-part series of quizzes on the history of them. Undoubtedly, I don't have all of them in these three quizzes. I hope your favorite wasn't left out.

Perhaps "practical jokes" might not be the most accurate term for the stunts I'll feature in these quizzes, because according to Sir John Hargrave, "professional prankster," "Pranks and practical jokes should never be confused. A practical joke is something you pull on coworkers, like the guys in Utah who transformed their vacationing colleague's cubicle into a small cottage, complete with a working doorbell, mailbox, and ceiling fan. A prank goes after the 'man'. For example, there's a video where Tom Cruise is being interviewed. The interviewer is holding a trick microphone and squirts water in Cruise's face. Cruise starts chewing him out, and we crack up because, well, Tom Cruise is the 'man'."

I don't know if you all out there in Sploofusland have seen that video, but I actually thought Tom Cruise handled the situation very maturely. He basically questions the guy, asking him "Why would you do that?" and the guy really just doesn't know what to say. It's as though he was being forced to confront his own motivations for doing what he did, and either wasn't able to understand fully his own psychology about it, or was ashamed of his motivation once he had to face it. It was interesting.

Anyway, here now is the first part of the history of pranks, hoaxes, and practical jokes...From the 15th century to the year 1967.

Please rate the quiz afterward if you have a chance. Or else I'll shake your hand with my joy buzzer when we're introduced. Thank you and good luck!
11 Questions

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Comments (3)
Dragon  (Level: 273.0)
Sat, 2nd Jul '11 9:04 AM

questions too long

Jaxx  (Level: 149.9)
Wed, 18th May '11 6:47 PM

great fun!

Garrybl  (Level: 289.3)
Tue, 26th Apr '11 3:42 PM

splendid quiz. I learned a lot.

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