A practical joke (also known as a prank or gag) is a trick to purposely makesomeone feel foolish or victimized, usually for humor. Practical jokes differfrom confidence tricks in that the victim finds out, or is let in on, the jokerather than being fooled into handing over money or other valuables.Practical jokes or pranks are typically lighthearted and made to make peoplefeel foolish or victimized to a certain degree, although in some practical jokes there could be an inherent strain of cruelty present.The term "practical" refers to the fact that the joke consists of someonedoing something (a practice), instead of a verbal or written joke. A practical joke can be caused by the victim falling for a prank, the victim stumblinginto a prank, the prankster forcing a prank on the victim, the prankstercausing others to do something to the victim, or even causing the victim todo something to others. Sometimes more than one victim is used.In Western culture, April Fools' Day is a day traditionally dedicated toperforming practical jokes.
Famous practical jokes
The American humorist H. Allen Smith wrote a 320-page book in 1953called The Compleat Practical Joker (ISBN 0688037054) that contains manyexamples of practical jokes. A typical one, recalled as his favorite by theplaywright Charles MacArthur, concerns the American painter andbohemian character Waldo Peirce. Peirce was living in Paris in the 1920sand "made a gift of a very small turtle to the woman who was the conciergeof his building." The woman doted on the turtle and lavished it with care andaffection. A few days later Peirce substituted a somewhat larger turtle for theoriginal one. This continued for some time, with larger and larger turtlesbeing surreptitiously introduced into the woman's apartment. The conciergewas beside herself with happiness and displayed her miraculous turtle to theentire neighborhood. Peirce then began to sneak in and replace the turtlewith smaller and smaller ones, to her bewildered distress. This was thestoryline behind Esio Trot, by Roald Dahl.To get prank items at low and discount price visit http://www.mallshop2u.com/gift.html .