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A practical joke (also known as a prank, gag, jape or shenanigan) is a mischievous trick or joke played on someone, typically causing the victim to experience embarrassment, perplexity, confusion, or discomfort.[1] Practical jokes differ from confidence tricks or hoaxes in that the victim finds out, or is let in on the joke, rather than being fooled into handing over money or other valuables. Practical jokes or pranks are generally lighthearted, reversible and non-permanent, and aim to make the victim feel foolish or victimised to a degree, but may also involve cruelty and become a form of bullying if performed without appropriate finesse.

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An April Fools' Day prank marking the construction of the Copenhagen Metro in 2001

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An exploding cigar pellets advertisement from the January 1917 edition of Popular Mechanics[2]

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Vermin Supreme glitter bombs Randall Terry during a Democratic Party presidential debate

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Hacks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – a hack in progress in Lobby 7

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A patent drawing for a joy buzzer, from Soren Adams' 1932 U.S. patent application

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A lace card from the early 1970s

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Non-human electoral candidates – Dustin the Turkey, a popular Irish television puppet, received thousands of votes in the Republic of Ireland's 1997 presidential election.

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An imitation melted ice pop, a practical joke device

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A prank stink bomb
 
Bicycles hung in various areas as a student prank

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A Valentine Phantom placed a heart banner at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on Main Street in Montpelier, Vermont, February 14, 2009.

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  1. ^ "Practical joke". Dictionary.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  2. ^ "Exploding Cigar advertisement". Popular Mechanics. Hearst Magazines: 136. January 1917. ISSN 0032-4558.