have been with us for as long as there has been abstract thought.
Most of us have known inveterate practical jokers and probably most of us have been involved in some sort of practical joke, whether it involves the
first of April or a surprise birthday party.
Practical jokes can be fun, but they can also be cruel, such as that depicted in the horror film, Carrie
Today, someone in Arizona thought it would be funny to release two rattlesnakes in a theater showing the film
Snakes on a Plane
Someone released two poisonous snakes in a theater that was showing the new movie, "Snakes on a Plane."
Snake wrangler Tom Whiting was called to one theater twice in one day to collect the diamondback rattlesnakes. He says all a moviegoer would have to
do is startle a snake in the dark and it will attack.
No one was bit during the incident.
Clearly, not many people will find such a thing humorous and will call this prank pathological and I would agree with that assessment.
But, what distinguishes the quality of a practical joke?
In this case, the answer is obvious. Someone could have easily died because of someone's sick sense of humor.
But, no matter the consequences, almost all humor must be at someone's expense.
Some groups seem to handle jokes at their own expense better than some others and I have always judged people, in no small measure, by their ability
to laugh at themselves.
I am proud to be a member of that group of Americans often referred to as hillbillies
. Some of us have made careers of poking fun at ourselves.
Some may think that this subject belongs on BTS, but while I would like to hear about the jokes that people play and have had played on them, I'd
also like us to discuss what it all means.
What do practical jokes say about a person who plays them? What can we learn about the person who is the target? What do practical jokes say about
our culture? Do jokes vary between cultures, races or nationalities?
What does it all mean?
[edit on 2006/8/22 by GradyPhilpott]