List of school pranks
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A school prank is a prank primarily occurring in a school setting. The effect and intent of school pranks may range from everyday play and consensual bonding behavior to crimes including hazing, bullying and assault, including sexual assault. This list includes common and notorious pranks.
Common pranks 
Circle game 
The central theme in the Malcolm in the Middle "Dinner Out" TV episode is the circle game (also known as hole-tempting or ball-gazing), whereby a person gets someone else to look at their hand while forming a circle below the waist. If they look, the prankster gets to hit them.
Debagging, also known as repantsing or "pantsing," "kegging" and various other names ["dacking" in Australia, "downtrouting"/"downtrailing" in New Zealand, or "Jocking" in Ireland.] is the act of pulling down a person's trousers and sometimes also the person's underwear, which reveals the person's genitalia. The most common method is to sneak up behind the intended victim, grab the trousers' shorts', or skirt's waistband, and apply a quick downward tug before the victim is aware of the debagger's presence. Note: In some jurisdictions in the United States (e.g., Massachusetts), it is considered sexual harassment and can result in suspension and/or expulsion.
Flat tire or flat foot 
The heel of the victim is trodden upon, which may cause the victim to fall. Stepping on the rear portion of the shoe as the foot lifts and thereby removing it is also a "heels" variant known as a "flat tire" or "score." A variant is to kick their heel forwards as it lifts.
Indian or Chinese burn 
This is a prank done by grasping the victim's forearm firmly in both hands, and then twisting the hands in opposite directions about the victim's arm, causing the tender skin to stretch, making it red and sore. Known primarily as an "Indian burn" or "Chinese burn" or even "snake bite" in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, "buffalo skin" in India, "snake bite" or "Indian rub" in Canada, or "Indian rug burn" in the United States (except in some midwest states such as Wisconsin where it is known as a snakebite), "Indian burn" in France, "policeman's glove" or "hundred needles" in Hungary, "barbed wire" in the Netherlands, "needles" in Romania and Bulgaria and "Brennessel" ("stinging nettle") in Austria, Switzerland and the southern parts of Germany, "thousand needle stings" in the northern parts of Germany, "thousand needles" in Sweden, "Nettle" in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia, "French cuff" in Denmark, "kuuma makkara" (hot sausage) in Finland and again "snakebite" in Flanders.
Kancho / Dongjim 
Kancho is a prank played in Japan; it is performed by clasping the hands together so the index fingers are pointing out and attempting to insert them sharply into someone's anal region when the victim is not looking. It is similar to the wedgie or a goosing. Kancho means "enema."
"Kick me" 
"Mooning" is displaying one's bared buttocks to someone, so-called because the buttocks are generally not suntanned, so resemble a full moon. It is commonly performed out of windows of moving buses and cars.
Nipple cripple 
Also known as a "titty twister," "nipple twist," "ruby booby," "tweak," "nipple wrench," "nipple gripple" or a "purple nurple," "purple herbie," "titty nip," or "pungi" (in India). It is the act of taking a person's nipple between the thumb and forefinger and then twisting it around, often causing extreme pain for the victim.
Sometimes called a Monkey Scrub, Hippo Handing or Russian Haircut, a noogie is performed when the middle knuckles of the fore and middle fingers are rubbed vigorously against the surface of the scalp, stretching the skin and pulling the hair. A headlock may be applied for more exact or prolonged execution. This will trap the victim. An open-hand variant known as the Dutch Rub is performed with the heel of the hand.
This prank involves the tying of a victim's shoe laces together, typically while the victim is seated and distracted. The laces may also be tied to a nearby object such as a chair leg. This may cause the victim to unexpectedly trip or stumble when attempting to get up and move. This prank may be combined with a taunt or additional prank designed to provoke the victim into getting up and running after the prankster, resulting in a more pronounced effect. A related but more destructive prank involves secretly cutting the shoelaces with scissors.
Short sheeting 
A prank done at boarding schools, college dorms, camps or on excursions where children sleep in full beds (also common in the military services). A bed sheet is untucked at the foot end of the bed and folded toward the head, making it look as if it is two sheets (an undersheet and top sheet). The victim will find that he or she cannot get into bed (as doing this "shortens" the bed length). Also known as a 'wallet bed' (lit en portefeuille) in France and as an 'apple-pie bed' in the UK.
A "spitball" is a clump of paper that the prankster has chewed and steeped in his or her saliva, to be thrown, spat, or blown at a person or object. If not removed from some types of surface, they dry and harden into a sort of paper cement. Small spitballs are often propelled by placing them in a straw or the shaft of a disassembled hollow pen and blowing through the other end. Larger spitballs are sometimes flicked with the fingers, a flexible ruler or through the use of a rubber band. Sometimes, whole sheets of paper are crumpled and inserted into the mouth for a period of up to five minutes to form a large spitball that is usually thrown manually.
The act of holding the victim upside down and dunking his or her head in a toilet bowl while flushing. Typically perpetrated by two or more older, larger individuals, this type of bullying can be dangerous as it can result in the drowning of the victim. Instances of swirling have been prosecuted in courts.[dead link] More commonly known as bogwashing in the UK, dunnyflushing in Australia and New Zealand, or brainwashing in India.
Towel snap 
Also known as a "Towel Whip," "Towel Whipping," a "Rat-Tail," or "Rat-Tailing," or "kangaroo tail" in Australia, the prankster twists a towel along the diagonal (typically dampened to hold its shape), making it into a whip with a towel corner at the tip. The prankster then "snaps" the towel as if cracking a whip, striking the victim with the end tip of the towel and causing pain. This prank is usually performed in communal showers, where wet towels are plentiful and bare skin provides opportunity to maximize the pain inflicted.
A wedgie (sometimes also known as a "gotchie" or "grundy" or "melvin") is any one of a variety of pranks involving pulling the victim's underwear up so that it wedges between the buttocks and may even be performed to the extent that the victim's underpants are torn off. A wedgie may be performed by one attacker, or by a group. On April 6, 2006, Fox News reported on an Albany, New York teacher who was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child for giving a 10-year-old pupil a wedgie.
In 2007, eight-year-old second graders Jared and Justin Serovich came up with "wedgie-proof" underwear — with a tear-away waistband — at the Central Ohio Invention Competition 2007 where their invention got them into the finals.
- Malcolm in the Middle: "Dinner Out" Original Air Date 11/15/00 on Fox Broadcasting Company
- Greg Tananbaum and Dan Martin (2005). Atomic Wedgies, Wet Willies, and Other Acts of Roguery. Santa Monica Press. ISBN 978-1-59580-000-8.
- (Japanese) KANCHO across the world in Japan, Korea KANCHO What? Trendy Net
- "Hazing Investigation" (WMV video). WTLX. 2006-04-03.
- Hume, Brit (2006-04-06). "Charges for Giving a Wedgie". Fox News.
- "Twins, 8, invent 'wedgie-proof' underpants". MSNBC. 2007-11-02.
Further reading 
- Steinberg, Neil (1992). If at all possible, involve a cow : the book of college pranks. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-07810-2.