Smoky Mountain Hearing - April 2020

APRIL 2020



Do You Know How to Prank Properly?

April Fools’ Day is one of my favorite holidays because I’ve always considered myself a prankster. Even as a kid, my friends and I were always pulling practical jokes on each other. While the holiday may have come and gone, it prompted me to think of my favorite pranks and what exactly makes a good practical joke. While some antics can seem lighthearted, you never know how someone is going to react, so it’s important to follow some guidelines when orchestrating the best practical joke. Stick to harmless products and chemicals. Even if your materials aren’t meant to be ingested by the prankee, following this rule ensures no one suffers bodily harm. As Murphy’s law says, anything that can go wrong surely will. I’ve seen situations go hilariously well and embarrassingly wrong depending on if the prankster followed this rule. For example, one April Fools’morning, I was running late and rushing to get ready for work. When I hopped out of the shower and went to blow dry my hair, the hair dryer blew baby powder in my face! It went everywhere: the floor, the counter, my face, my chest, and my shoulders. Turns out, my wife had put the baby powder in my hair dryer the night before. It was an innocent prank that didn’t damage the hair dryer and made a small mess in the bathroom. Know your audience and your target. Make sure you know the person you’re pranking really well. This includes their allergies, sense of humor, and how they react to stressful situations. I pulled one “Make sure you know the person you’re pranking really well. This includes their allergies, sense of humor, and how they react to stressful situations.”

prank years ago on a former employer of mine. My boss and I were pretty good friends,

and he had a great sense of humor. The night before I pulled the joke, there was a

bad thunderstorm that ran through the town. My boss

had just finished tinting the office windows the day before and had an elaborate sign out front. The next morning when

I came in, I called to inform him that the tint was severely damaged and the sign was destroyed by huge tree limbs. He was so shocked and worried that he was getting ready to call the insurance company, but I quickly told him it was just a joke. He gave a howling laugh over the phone and said he really fell for it. In general, it’s best to go for less elaborate pranks, like swapping around the herbs and spices in the kitchen or switching the sugar and salt containers. These are fun pranks, and no one is harmed as a result — though they may receive an unexpected surprise in their morning coffee. Don’t introduce any food items you’ve never seen a person ingest. Better safe than sorry! Do you have any fun, lighthearted pranks you love to pull? Let me know the next time you stop by! I’m always looking for fun, safe pranks to pull on my family and friends. —Brett Parish


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