NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF

Perfect for the regular prankster, this one freaks out friends and fam with minimal effort. Just set everyone up to expect to be pranked (like, get caught messing around with a whoopee cushion and/or fake poo) but then don’t actually do anything!

WILD CHILD

Wouldn’t it be ace if a rhino visited your school? Well, at Cornell University back in the 1920s, some animal tracks leading to the lake were identified as rhinoceros prints. While panic promptly followed, a couple of crafty students turned out to be the culprits. They’d used a rhino-footed rubbish bin to leave prints in the snow.

PARENTAL PRANKS: OLDEN WAYS

“When I was your age I respected my elders/walked 1000km to school in the snow/never picked my nose/didn’t breathe without permission.” Sound familiar? Guess what? 99% of the time it’s not true. Odds are your parents were even naughtier than you. Just ask your grandparents.

RANDOM RANSOM

Take something from your victim’s room (like all your brother’s socks, your mum’s hairbrush, your dad’s watch) and leave them a ransom note. “If you ever want to see your stuff again, leave a new 3DS XL in the letterbox at midday and wait for instructions.” Be creative!

K-ZONER PRANK

For the ultimate mealtime prank, grab the sauce squeezer, undo the cap and cover the opening tightly with cling wrap. Screw the bottle cap back on, making sure you can’t see any cling wrap from the outside. Your victim will have to squeeze the bottle really hard before the sauce bursts through the cling wrap and goes EVERYWHERE!
- Lyam, Qld     

TREAT OR TRICK?

Write a bunch of notes with cheerful messages like “Have an ace day!”, “Your t-shirt rocks!”, and leave them in random letter boxes and under windscreen wipers of cars. The folks who find them will be flattered, but probably a bit confused too.

ELBOW BOZO

This one is a classic for making your buddy or bro look like a total bonehead. Say to them: “Did you know, three-quarters of the population can’t lick their elbows?” Get set to giggle as they give it a go!