A "practical joker" deserves applause for his wit according to its quality. Bastinado is about right. For exceptional wit one might grant keelhauling. But staking him out on an anthill should be reserved for the very wittiest.
I hate April Fools. I also hate fun, sunshine, kittens, rainbows, and all the motherfucking Whos down in fucking Who-ville.
I will be over here drinking coffee and waiting for this day to end.