Why Did Someone Put Forks in My Yard?

According to “The Gainesville Sun,” the practice of sticking forks in someone’s yard – also known as “forking” – is a commonly used prank. The prank involves sticking dozens or even hundreds of plastic forks in the victim’s yard.

Much of the fun of the prank involves watching the victim tediously remove all the forks from the yard. Sometimes the forks are broken off at the handle, leaving only the pointed end sticking up and barely visible. Chicago Sun-Times columnist and prank expert Neil Steinberg claims that forking operates in the tradition of the most classic pranks – those that require minimal effort on the part of the pranksters and far more on the part of the victim.