It was while reading some of the comments that followed the article that I realized there are many people who were raised by families much like my own.
One was encouraging Sleeping Beauty's parents to hire makeup artists to make them appear decades older for the next time she awakens. Others said they should make her believe she's awakened to a zombie apocalypse.
Another said they should thoroughly redecorate her room while she's asleep, including putting a scenic poster in her window so the view is something completely foreign.
The more I read, the more I realized the many potential pranks one could do to the sleeping that never occurred to my family.
One involves buying cheap hair extensions the same general color as the victim's hair, which would then be cut and left on their pillow over several consecutive nights so they'd become convinced they were losing their hair.
Break open a few glow sticks and spread the contents over the sleeping person, leave the room and turn off all the lights, and then make a noise loud enough to wake them.
Use makeup to turn your face as white as possible, and then take a vibrant color of eye shadow and paint all the way from your lid to your brow. Use bright lipstick to turn your mouth into a large, horizontal oval. Draw red circles on your cheeks. Essentially, turn yourself into an insane clown, and then lean in very close to the sleeping person and remain there until they awaken. Shake if necessary.
And then prepare yourself for their revenge.
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