Pranks and Initiation Rituals

The initiation rituals of many fraternal and student organizations are associated with harmless, if not humiliating or painful pranks. Author Julia Suits uncovered a curious sales catalogue by the DeMoulin Brothers Company which offered equally curious attributes to help organize these pranks. These items, dating from 1896-1930 are highlighted in a new book: The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions: The Curious World of the Demoulin Brothers and Their Fraternal Lodge Prank Machines - from Human Centipedes and Revolving Goats to ElectricCarpets and Smoking Camels. The author has uploaded an old film clip on YouTube, to help demonstrate what the book is about. It seems an excellent 'stocking filler' for students and scholars in the field of study.

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