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A school prank is any of several common pranks primarily occurring in an educational setting.

The effect and intent of school pranks may range from everyday play and consensual bonding behavior to hazing, bullying or assault, including sexual assault.


Common pranks

Bag flipping

Bag flipping, also known as nuggetting, turtle shelling, packaging, and skinning (USA),debagging (Republic of Ireland) and dim-simming (Australia), occurs when the victim's backpack is snatched. The contents are then removed and replaced after the bag has been turned inside out. The backpack is then returned to where it was taken, and left for the owner to find.[1] Once the bag is flipped it is said to resemble a nugget or a dim sim, hence the name.[citation needed]. This is also commonly done to a person's pencil case along with anything else 'nugget-able'.


A frostie is when the prankster approaches the unsuspecting victim with an aerosol can of deodorant, which is held upside down. The prankster proceeds to spray (with the nozzle placed very near, or on) an area of the victim's bare skin, which causes the can to release a portion of its compressed liquid gas, which comes out at a temperature well below freezing. The victim's skin can blister due to the extreme cold.

Flat tire/flat foot

The heel of the victim is trodden upon, which may cause the victim to stumble. 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". A variant is to kick their heel forwards as it lifts.[1]

This is often done unintentionally, and so the prankster may feign innocence only to repeat the prank multiple times.

Hertz Doughnut

This prank fools the victim into giving their permission to get punched. The prankster approaches the chosen target with a closed doughnut or pastry box and asks "Would you like a hertz doughnut?" If the target says yes, the prankster then strikes them in the arm without any warning and asks "Hurts, don't it?" (pronounced "doughnut").[1]

Another variant is the Hawaiian Punch: Walking up to the target with a bottle full of Hawaiian Punch and asking the victim if they would like some Hawaiian Punch. If they answer "yes", they get punched.

Indian/Chinese burn

Known primarily as an "Indian burn" in the USA or "Chinese burn" in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand (also known as a "snake bite" or "Indian rub" in Canada, an "Indian sunburn" or "Indian rug burn" in the USA, "Policemans glove" in Hungary and "Brennessel" ( a local plant, similar to Poison Ivy) in the southern parts of Germany, 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.[1]


Kancho is a prank often played out in Japan;[2] 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.[3] It is similar to the wedgie or a goosing, although goosing acts do not involve direct intimate physical contact. A Kancho is often executed simultaneously as the offending party expresses loudly "Kan-CHO!"

"Kick me"

A note (commonly reading "Kick me") is attached to the back of an unsuspecting victim. This prank may be performed with Post-it notes or other objects like paper and tape.[1]


"Mooning" is displaying one's bared buttocks to someone, so-called because the buttocks are generally not suntanned, so resembles a full moon. It is commonly performed out of windows of moving buses and cars. There are rare cases when the person is in a room and the lights are off, but once the lights are turned on, the offender's buttocks are visible, hence the name "full moon". there are cases where the pants are pulled down in the front to show the frontal areas.

Nipple cripple

Also known as a "nipple twist", "ruby booby", "tweak", "nipple gripple", "titty twister", or a "(purple) nurple", "purple herbie" or "diddy nip". 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. On August 8, 2005, David Thumler, a 15-year-old living in Gold Hill, Oregon, was charged with a misdemeanor for perpetrating this act on 13-year-old Matthew Cox. Thumler was fined US$67 and given three days of community service.[1]


Sometimes called a Monkey Scrub or a 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.[1]


Pantsing, also debagging, depantsing, drooping, shanking, skanking or dacking (in Australia) and cacking, skegging, dekecking or just kecking (in the United Kingdom) and also commonly said as scantying in Scotland and jocking in Ireland, and popularly referred to as the down-trou (in New Zealand during the 80's and 90's) is the act of pulling down a person's pants and sometimes also the person's underwear. The most common method is to sneak up behind the intended victim, grab the pants', shorts', or skirt's waistband, and apply a quick downward tug before the victim is aware of the "debagger's" presence.[1]


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.[1]


A "spitball" is a clump of paper that the prankster has chewed and steeped in his or her saliva, to be thrown, spit, 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. These dried spitballs can often be seen on the ceilings of schools. 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.[1]


The act of holding the victim upside down with his or her head in the toilet bowl, and flushing. Typically perpetrated by two or more older, larger individuals. Instances of swirling have been prosecuted in courts.[4] More commonly known as bogwashing in the U.K., or dunnyflushing in Australia. Variants of the swirlie include the chocolate swirlie, brown swirlie, yellow swirlie,and the "Pukey Dukey Swirlie" depending upon the contents of the toilet bowl.


A staple Caltrop can be used instead of a thumbtack

A thumbtack is placed on a chair, with the point upwards, so when the victim sits down, they get pricked by the thumbtack. Another version of the prank involves putting the thumbtack through the seat of the chair or hiding it in the fabric of the chair so that only the pointed portion of the thumbtack is visible.[5] A third alternative uses two staples twisted together to form a caltrop.

Towel snap

Also known as a "Towel Whip", "Towel Whipping", a "Rat-Tail" or "Rat-Tailing", 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 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.[1]


A wedgie (sometimes also known as a "gotchie" in Canada) 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 student a wedgie.[6][1]

In 2007, eight-year-old second graders Jared and Justin Serovich came up with "wedgie-proof" underwear at the Central Ohio Invention Competition 2007 where their invention got them into the finals.[7]

Wet willy

Usually performed on a sleeping or otherwise unsuspecting person, the perpetrator of a wet willy wets his or her finger with saliva and inserts it into the ear of the victim. A variant known as the Slimy Buffo involves the making of an OK sign and then closing of the bottom fingers to form a fist-like cup. The rim of the thumb and pointer finger are licked and a loogie is sometimes spit into the center. This rim is then slapped up under the chin of an unsuspecting victim. The Slimy Buffo has fallen out of practice since the early 1990s due to the potential risk of dental injury to victims.[1]

See also


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. 

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