According to “The Gainesville Sun,” placing forks in someone’s yard, often known as “forking,” is a common practical joke. The joke consists of placing dozens or perhaps hundreds of plastic forks in the victim’s yard.
Observing the victim remove all of the forks from the yard is a significant portion of the prank’s humour. Sometimes the handles of the forks are broken off, leaving only the pointy end barely visible. Neil Steinberg, a journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times and prank expert, asserts that forking is in the tradition of the most classic pranks, which take minimum work on the part of the pranksters and substantial effort on the part of the victim.