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Friday Favorite: Fun with Pranks

December 13th, 2013

Many years ago one specific prank gift was given at Christmas, it was fake poop.  It has been showing up here and there ever since.  For a while it was lost in the bottom of a junk drawer, but it was discovered once again and has been making the rounds at my parent’s house. The kids think it’s the greatest thing ever, especially our youngest niece Katie who happens to be four.
She is happy as a clam when she gets pranked so she can prank someone else. When we were back at Thanksgiving we put it in a can of Pringles for her to find when she reached for a snack. She laughed and laughed and immediately ran upstairs to put it on uncle Brian’s pillow. Before we left the prank poop was left on the bathroom counter with all four of their toothbrushes resting on it. My mom said Katie found it and thought it was great!
This isn’t the only prank gift that’s been in the family, every year there are different prank gifts, of course they usually revolve around bathroom humor. Fun pranks like these help us from getting too serious and reminds us to keep that kid part of us alive.

Do you have any family pranks?

6 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Fun with Pranks”
  1. Lorna on December 13, 2013 at 8:24 am

    This is great! I showed my boys your post and they’re already plotting and planning. I’m off to make some fake poop :)

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  2. Nebraska Dave on December 13, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Susy, sixty years ago when I was a kid, fake poop and whoopee cushions were funny and kept showing up here and there. It’s amusing to me that humor still lives on today. I’m not sure why bathroom humor make us laugh but it does.

    May you have a day filled with much humor and many laughs.

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  3. whit on December 13, 2013 at 10:06 am

    How funny! I love that your young niece enjoys the joke. My daughter would have cried. We had to cultivate her humor these past few years.

    My mom’s family likes to prank a lot. When we used to get together back when I was a kid, there was a gift exchange among her siblings. My large-footed uncle wanted boat shoes (remember those?), and I remember helping my dad package one of the pair in a cardboard box that was as big as half a fridge. Of course, these were the days of packing peanuts, so we filled the box with those. I remember him opening the shoe box and he was so disappointed that he’d have to wait for my mom to take the shoe back to the store to find it’s mate. Then came the big box, and well….we all had a good laugh at his expense. That was the same year I thought my parents had gotten me E.T. for Christmas. Turns out it was a globe mounted on a stand my dad built, covered with a blanket.

    Hope you enjoy many more belly laughs to come this season.

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  4. Amy P on December 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

    When I was a kid my dad used to go to lots of auction sales and buy up stuff that he then sold at flea markets. In one box were these ugly little pink lambs with polka dots on them. For years we passed them around. They showed up in the toes of shoes, on my shelf in college, in my sisters sweater, under pillows, and in many more random places. They even ended up going on vacation with us a few times. Right now they have a place of honor in my parents curio cabinet. I am thinking that maybe they need to make the rounds again :)

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  5. Marcia on December 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    We always have a gift exchange with friends, but we only give things around the house we don’t use anymore. A little vibrating pig massager has been regifted every year as a gag. He’s quite the celebrity, everyone trying to figure out which box he could be in, who had him last, almost wishing to get him so they can gag someone next year. These are the things you remember.

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  6. Robin on December 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    We don’t have prank gifts…yet. Thanks for the idea!

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