We have a winner . Ha, Ha. What a funny prank this was. Next time, let's just stab each other with sharpened sticks. Or perhaps douse our friends in gasoline and light a match for a jolly good laugh. Guess this old joke applies now to practical jokes on your friends.
Incidentally, the Times Dispatch article linked above was written by an old friend of mine, the best journalistic storyteller I have ever met. If you're passing through Roanoke, Va., look him up and try to trick him into buying you a beer. Tell him I sent you.