History and Evolution of
Inflatable Razzberry Cushion Devices for
the Purpose of Practical Jokes
Flatulence humor has long been considered funny in cultures that consider the public passing of gas impolite. A Whoopee Cushion, (also known as a Poo-Poo Cushion or Razzberry Cushion) is a practical joke device that produces a noise resembling a razzberry or human flatulence. It is made from two sheets of rubber that are glued together at the edges. There is a small opening with a flap at one end for air to enter and leave the cushion.
To use it, one must first inflate it with air and then place it on a chair. An unsuspecting victim sits on the Whoopee Cushion, forcing the air out of the opening which causes the flap to vibrate and produce its distinctive sound.
But as we will see in further exhibits, many ancient cultures were experimenting with this kind of prank long before the first commercial Whoopee Cushion was available…