Jesting Our Limits: Do April Fools’ Day Pranks Alienate or Engage People?

via Scientific American

Cellophane over the toilet bowl. Decaf coffee in the “regular” carafe. Armed with these or myriad other schemes, an April Fools’ Day prankster strikes. More than just a celebration of mischief—or a license for the boorish—the practical jokes and humor associated with this annual holiday actually play a role in the formation and maintenance of social bonds in small groups.


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