In our post 9/11 world, some of the stunts in the book Pranks! Devious Deeds and Mischievous Mirth would probably get you arrested, or at least warrant a 3 am visit from the FBI. Even so, this compendium of awesome, stupid and silly pranks, chronicled by LSD guru Timothy Leary, filmmaker John "The Pope of Trash" Waters, and punk icon Jello Biafra, among many others, suggests that pranks have a hidden significance.
Pranks expose the rules we live by as being as absurd as the pranks themselves. Pranks can be both silly and profound. Just look at the runaway success of Borat--it's loved by frat boy doofuses and professor-types alike.
My favorite prank from a cursory glance? Cleaning your refrigerator by mailing your rotten food to people who annoy you. Now that's my kinda prank!