There's nothing quite like a good prank
. Whether you're simply channeling the summer camp classic of sticking a sleeping bunkmate's hand into a cup of warm water or plotting an elaborate Ocean's Eleven heist-like scenario to pull one over on a buddy, when it all comes together in hilarious
humiliation, you can't help but crack a proud grin.
And there's no better time than now to talk to a couple experts on everything you need to know to appropriately bask in the tomfoolery
So, why do we pull pranks anyway? According to Tim Nyberg, author of The Practical Joker's Handbook and The Practical Joker's Handbook: The Sequel, such wanton acts of entertaining deviousness break the monotony of the everyday. "Pranks are the part of the seasoning that makes life interesting," he said. "A sure cure for boredom is planning and executing a creative practical joke."
Nyberg cited a number of motives from "just for the hell of it" to the joy of preying on a friend's gullibility
. Or, for revenge, of course. Ah ye the payback prank. While the phrase "an eye for an eye, makes the world blind" is often attributed to Gandhi, we're pretty sure that even Mahatma would return the favor of a whoopee cushion slipped onto his seat by sprinkling itching powder into the perpetrator's jockstrap.
"Is there any motive other than revenge?" said comedian and CollegeHumor.com writer Streeter Seidell, whose years-long war of escalating pranks with fellow CollegeHumor employee Amir Blumenfield have become an Internet sensation. "Even the initial prank in a war is likely spurred by some offense you feel needs to be rectified," he added.