So here's another practical joke/leg pulling in my series. Years ago when I was first dating Mrs Z, she and my sister's boyfriend were over my parents house for a big 4th of July party. It was probably the 3rd or 4th time each of them had been at the house. So this is what happens:
Me: (to future Ms. Z and boyfriend): So did Julie tell you two about the speech?
Ms Z: What speech?
Me: The 4th of July speech.
Boyfriend: What are you talking about.
Me: My Dad is really patriotic so every 4th of July, before he plays some patriotic songs on the clarinet, he asks that new people do a speech about what America means to them.
Ms Z: Are you kidding?
Me: Well it's not really a speech, you just have to tell some things about why you think America is great, or 4th of July memories. Stuff like that. But you should make some notes because it's got to be like five minutes long. And don't make a mockery of it while you're doing it because...well.....just don't.
Boyfriend: Five minutes each?
Me: Yeah each or you can do it together. Either way, you guys should start thinking of some things because you have to be ready right before dinner. We'll be doing it in the living room. That's the tradition.
I let them suffer for about five minutes then I told them I was kidding. Suckaaaaas.