Prank Traditions

Filed under: Satire, The History of Pranks

Submitted by Tim Jackson:

A great prank? As it was 208 years ago, I thought I’d mention it…

swift_modest_proposal1-100I’ve often thought of Swift’s “A Modest Proposal: For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public” as a great early satire as prank.

dog3-100Not dissimilar to the Joey Skaggs dog food restaurant hoax/satire.

pr3404-t9_00007-100I just heard about Daniel Defoe’s “The Shortest-Way with the Dissenters; Or, Proposals for the Establishment of the Church” written on July 31, in 1701. His satire called for the savage elimination of dissenters. When the church found out it was parody, he was (allegedly) pilloried. The crowd threw flowers instead of fruit.

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