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Why You Should Take April Fools Day (At Least a Little) Seriously

Going ridiculously deep on the history, science, and philosophy of springtime shenanigans. Plus: the greatest pranks of all time.

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Why Do We Call Pranks “Practical” Jokes?

Kara Kovalchik
Mental Floss

Every year on April Fools Day, you might find yourself the victim of a practical joke or two—getting drenched by the bucket of water over the door trick, maybe, or getting shocked by a buzzer when you shake someone's hand. But why are these jokes called practical?