18 Historical Practical Jokes That Are Still Funny Today

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When you picture the past, you probably picture dignified, fancy people doing dignified, fancy things. Welp, the joke's on you. People have been jackasses since the dawn of time.

Cases in point:

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And the winner is ...

Congrats, Maclise. You win money.

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