For a lot of people, laughter is the best medicine. Everyone has pulled a prank or two at some point in their lifetime. As long as it's harmless and funny, pranks can be a lighthearted way to laugh at ourselves. But have you ever pulled a prank on your parents? We'll teach you some pranks to do at home to your parents for good, clean, harmless fun.
WHAT ARE PRANKS?
A prank is defined as “a practical joke or mischievous act” that's pulled on someone, causing the victim to be confused, dumbfounded, or even embarrassed.
Activist and prankster Abbie Hoffman has classified pranks into three categories: bad, neutral, and good. Bad pranks are often vengeful and degrading, neutral ones are more inclined to provide harmless punch lines, while good pranks are humorous satires of human fears and failures.
THY PSYCHOLOGY OF PRANKS
In an academic sense, anthropologists discovered that pranks have become a cultural means to dilute one's success with humility. Recent studies suggest that the experience of being deceived or duped compels a person to do a self-check on his state of egotism or perhaps, his disregard for what's happening around him.
Smith College Cultural Sociologist Jonathan Wynn views pranks as a means to “maintain social boundaries,” and they are quite common in fraternities and sororities. In this context, being pranked and picked on can actually raise one's status and sense of belongingness. As long as it's a mild form of teasing, pranking serves as a “social glue” to hold a group together.
Additionally, a study made by three psychologists proposed that pranks force people to look at themselves and whether they're too trusting, vigilant, or even paranoid. People rewind the prank in their minds: a process that's called counterfactual thinking. This type of thinking actually makes people contemplate their shortcomings and act upon them by exhibiting new behaviors or self-improvement.
Wake Forest University Acting and Directing Professor Cynthia Gendrich even surmised that while concocting a prank builds tension, the payoff (which is laughter) releases the tension with social laughter “expelling extra energy.” Even just the thought of a prank and how people would react upon its execution can already be a good source of laughter.
CAN PRANKS GO TOO FAR?
The answer is YES, and bad pranks are usually the culprits. A prank becomes harmful, especially in situations where someone is bullied, harassed or even physically injured. When pranks go too far, often the humor gets dissipated and people stop laughing. Worse, those who have been pranked badly can also become distrustful and paranoid.
There are also pranks that cause public alarm and may involve the intervention of a higher authority, such as cops or paramedics. These are the types of pranks that go above and beyond what's acceptable to many people.
When it comes to pranks to do at home to your parents, you would NEVER want to go too far. You're bound to get an earful (or worse) if you do. Then the joke will be on you, and we doubt that anyone will be laughing.
10 FUNNY PRANKS TO DO AT HOME TO YOUR PARENTS
We are all for good, clean fun with a double dose of laughter. These pranks to do at home to your parents are relatively harmless. They can also be downright funny if your timing is right.
Before pulling these pranks to do at home to your parents, make sure that your folks also have the same brand of humor as you do. Otherwise, you might find yourself at the losing end, and no one wants to be grounded or punished over a silly practical joke.
THE VITAMIN SWITCHEROO
You probably already know the punchline of this prank, so get switching:
Your parents will be in for a surprisingly sweet treat the next time they take their vitamins.
THE JELL-OH! WATER
This practical joke creates the impression that the water coming from the faucet is contaminated:
When your mom or dad turns the water on, they'll be in for a surprise!
THE CONDIMENT CONFUSION
This one is really easy. Just switch the contents of your condiments in the kitchen with similar-looking stuff:
We'll leave this confusion up to your creativity. Just don't poison anyone!
THE MYSTERIOUS TV
Change the settings and picture quality of your TV such that they will radically alter the image on the screen:
This is probably going to annoy your parents a lot, so be prepared to restore the original settings right away.
THE BATTERY THIEF
Yes, that would be you. This prank will definitely leave your parents scratching their heads:
Make sure to keep the batteries handy so you can return them immediately after you've pulled your prank.
THE CRACKLING PILLOW
Do this while your parents are away at work or out of the house:
Your parents will be puzzling over those metallic noises they make when their heads hit the pillows.
THE MINTY OREOS
You have to lure your parents into eating Oreos to pull this prank off. You will probably need to bring them some milk and the minty Oreos yourself:
This will probably elicit a few screams:
THE FROZEN MOUSE
This is another possible head-scratching prank. Unless your parents are techies, this should baffle them a while. All you need to do is to stick a piece of clear tape over the trackball of your parents' computer mouse. Your parents will think that the computer screen is frozen.
THE NO-SUDS SOAP
For this to work, you will need a new bar of soap that's entirely dry. You will also need a spare to replace the soap you've messed with after:
Your parents will be baffled because the soap won't get sudsy when they use it.
These are just a few pranks to do at home to your parents. Hopefully, these will get the gears in your head turning for you to come up with your own original (and possibly funnier) pranks later on. It pays to have a long list of pranks because they are bound to get old if you use them too much or too often.
When it comes to pranks to do at home to your parents, the sky's the limit. You can be as creative and as funny as you can be without extremely upsetting your parents. Remember, it's not just about the joke: impeccable timing is also key. The more you know your parents' habits and routine, the better you will be at pulling those pranks off.
On a side note, we're pretty sure your parents did pranks on their parents too, so they'll eventually forgive you for pulling one on them.