When scientists take a break from studying, researching or inventing to devise a practical joke, the stakes are sky-high, sometimes literally. Who else can dangle a car off a bridge, or pull out a monster mask on a space station? A look into our archives finds an abundance of wild prankery.
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Of course for some, like inventor Sam Adams, pranking is serious business. He’s the man who invented such classic pranking tools as palm buzzers and the dribble glass. And Mother Nature’s been known to be tricky sometimes herself.
Feel free to peruse our gallery for inspiration for your next prank war; just maybe don’t dangle any cars off of anything without supervision.
Enabling, November 1917
The Old Car-On-The Roof Trick, June 1926
Fake Fossils, November 1933
The King of Practical Jokes, January 1955
Gus the Mechanic Outfoxes Some Practical Jokesters, April 1959
Space Station Shenanigans, August 1994
Computer-Generated Research Papers, July 2005
Go Big or Go Home, September 2008