PRANKS by Andys Apps
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What is a Prank?
A Prank is a practical joke (also known as gag, jape or shenanigan) which is a mischievous trick or joke played on someone. The person who is setting up and performing the prank might hang a bucket of water above a doorway and rig the bucket using pulleys so when the door opens the bucket dumps the water. The joker would then wait for the victim to walk through the doorway and be drenched by the bucket of water.
Objects are also be used often used in practical jokes, like fake vomit, chewing gum bugs, exploding cigars, stink bombs, costumes and whoopee cushions. In Western culture, April Fools' Day (April 1st) is a day traditionally dedicated to performing practical jokes. A person who performs a pranks is called a Prankster practical joker.The most common cases of practical jokes are encountered in schools and colleges or inside offices, usually to surprise co-workers. Covering the computer accessories with Jell-O, wrapping the desk with Christmas paper or aluminium foil or filling it with balloons are just some examples of office pranks.
Prank calls (also known as a crank call) is a telephone practical joke. Prank phone calls began to gain an American following over a period of many years, as they became a staple of the obscure and amusing cassette tapes traded amongst musicians, sound engineers, and media traders beginning in the late 1970s. Among the most famous and earliest recorded prank calls are the Tube Bar prank calls tapes, which centered around Louis "Red" Deutsch. Comedian Jerry Lewis was an incorrigible phone prankster, and recordings of his hijinks, dating from the 1960s and possibly earlier, still circulate to this day.
Very prominent people have fallen victim to prank callers, for example Elizabeth II, who was fooled by Canadian DJ Pierre Brassard posing as Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, asking her to record a speech in support of Canadian unity ahead of the 1995 Quebec referendum.Two other notable examples of prank calls were made by the Miami-based radio station Radio El Zol. In one, they telephoned Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, and spoke to him pretending to be Cuban president Fidel Castro. They later reversed the prank, calling Castro and pretending to be Chávez. Castro began swearing at the pranksters live on air after they revealed themselves.
Computer pranks have become a fun and easy way to lighten up the mood in the office, or make for a memorable April Fool’s Day. As computers have proliferated homes, schools, and workplaces in the last decade, computer pranks have become more popular and increasingly more complex.
One prank that may result in lots of frustration and time-consuming troubleshooting is the blank screen prank. This can be achieved by turning the computer monitor’s brightness settings up to the maximum level, while turning its contrast settings down to the lowest level. The resulting effect is a puzzling combination of a screen that appears to be on judging by the power light, but is otherwise blank.