Best Practical Jokes and Fun Pranks

Read about the best practical jokes from CAPPER’s readers.

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The best practical jokes are the simplest.

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Most of us have played a joke on someone at some point in our lives. And most of us have also had a prank played on us by friends, family or co-workers.

We asked our readers, “What’s the best prank someone pulled on you? What was the reason for the prank? Was it April Fool’s Day, your birthday, your first day on a new job, or just a perfect prank moment? On the flip side, what’s the best practical joke you played on someone else? Who was on the receiving end of the fun prank? Was that person a good sport, or did he or she get mad – or better yet, even?”

Our readers responded, and the best of their stories are available for you below.

Best Practical Jokes and Fun Pranks:
An Easter Egg Hunt Prank
Pranks to Pull on Sleeping People
Grandpa’s Attempt at Goat Joke Backfires
Students Jump at Frog Joke
Man Appreciates a Good Bathroom Prank
Boyfriend Receives Prank Letter
Men Trick Child into “Snipe Hunting”
Wife Pulls Video Prank on Husband
Husband’s Halloween Prank Startles Wife
Party Prank to Remember
Phone Call Prank Baffles Boyfriend
Wife Enjoys Playing April Fool’s Prank on Husband
Turkey Joke Causes Big Disturbance

Would you like to contribute a story to Heart of the Home? Our theme for the July/August 2012 issue is Summertime Memories.

Summers are meant to be fun and memorable. What memories from your childhood made summers special? Did your family take an annual summer vacation? Where did you go? What did you do? How and where did you celebrate the summer holidays — with family and friends, and lots of good food, at home, the lake, a neighbor’s place? Maybe you got a summer job? What was the job? Was there a specific reason for wanting to work? Did you meet new friends or possibly a love interest? Did you spend your days with friends, siblings and/or cousins splashing in the swimming hole or pond, or fishing in the creek? Maybe you found other activities to keep you entertained.

Share your favorite childhood summertime memories with us. Send letters and high-quality photos (no photocopies, please; send appropriate-sized SASE with adequate postage for return of photos) to CAPPER’s Magazine, Heart of the Home, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609, or email them (photos jpeg or tiff, 300 dpi) to