Top 5 Historical Pranks

Top 5 Historical Pranks

The pranks made by the Roman Emperor, Elagabalus, were pretty good. Elagabalus had many pranks up his sleeve, these pranks were inviting guests over to dinner to have them sit down on a whoopee cushion, releasing snakes in public, and putting tamed animals in his room or the rooms of drunk guests.

These pranks are considered some of the earliest documented pranks that date back to the 15th century. These pranks were done by a monk named Thomas Betson, who was kinda creative with his pranks. Betson’s pranks involved putting a beetle into a hollowed core of an apple to make it move around and making objects levitate by using strands of hair and wax.

If you thought Betson’s pranks were creative, you should see Anthemius of Tralles’ prank. Anthemius had a feud with his neighbor, Zeno, who he pranked by creating an earthquake machine. How did he create an “earthquake machine?” He did this by putting multiple boilers in his house and making a small hole that led to Zeno’s house.

The second best prank would be the Tower of London’s “washing of the lions” prank. The prank happened on April fools day when someone decided to include a story about the lions having an annual bath, which never happened, but the prank continued on as an April fools day tradition.

I would consider this to be one of the best historical pranks, which is… Philip Yorke’s fake newspaper. Yorke printed this fake newspaper that claimed to be written in 1588 but was actually made in the 1740s. Yorke donated the paper to the British Museum, which has fooled some people into believing that the stories contained in this newspaper were true; however, they were not.