Light-hearted ones, the kind where no one gets hurt and there's no property damage. But it's got to leave a good, firm impression in the minds of those that have felt the effects. Here's my favorite prank.
I'll walk through a mall or some other reasonably highly populated public area. NOT during high-shopping times, though, if it's a mall!! No need to make people crabby when they're already stressed. That's no fun. I'll suddenly look up with a startled expression, and just stare. I'll change the nuances of my expression (raise an eyebrow, widen the eyes, squint, etc. -- but naturally, not as for stage performances), so it'll really draw people in and capture their curiosity.
That's the key to success with my pranks: curiosity, NOT horror. Horror is great for books and movies. I don't want someone to call 911 because of my joke. That's selfish and wasteful joke-smithing.
Someone with me will keep track of how many on-lookers respond by looking, trying to locate the source of my attention. I'll keep it going for perhaps 60-90 seconds, then just casually move along. It's harmless as long as I don't induce panic.
Actually, in this post-9/11 world, I haven't done it. I kinda miss it.
So it thrills me to no end that my resourceful and amazing husband found THIS VIDEO. (Please click on that link. It won't take you away from this page.)
It's kinda the same sort of concept as my stare-at-the-ceiling prank. It inspires curiosity in a public place -- arguably, THE public place! (When our phone gets busy, we start answering it, "Grand Central Station!"; I mean, who doesn't at least joke about doing that?) -- but no one in this video ever panics. There's never a thought to call in Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes. It's very satisfying. It's fun to see what the "agents" choose to do, and SO FUNNY to watch the viewers!!
Slightly off topic, but an update to last week's post... Our trip was fun. We got stuck, thanks to the blizzard shutting down our airport. Had to spend 2 whole extra days in 65 degree weather. It was nice to be warm again. REEEALLLLLY glad to be home, though. Despite the 8' snowpiles (that's after a day of melting!!) at the end of our driveway. But at least we didn't have to pile it there ourselves!
So on Saturday morning, I was thinking about or doing something and thought "That would be a good blog post" and sat down to open up the blog manager and type up an outline so I could blog it later. I have to go to the blog main page to log in, though, and I realized I hadn't read Carin's or Zabet's posts, and then I clicked links in Carin's post, and then I found myself emerging from the forums with glazed eyes around lunchtime.
Yeah, I'm a magpie. Easily distracted by shiny objects. And by forums, apparently.
I do remember that it was something pretty neat, and interesting, and informative. Something that I didn't already know about but that wanted to know more about. I was going to do research and everything.
Ah, well. Maybe it will come to me. If it does, I'll blog it right away.