April Fools Day
About April Fools Day
Date When Celebrated: April Fools Day is always observed on April 1
The joke is on you! Traditionally, April Fool’s Day is an opportunity for playing jokes or tricks on one another. The stranger and the more absurd the better. The challenge is to carry out a trick that is believable, if only for a little while. Tricks are most successful when played earlier in the day before a person is wise to what is going on. After that first cup of coffee, people are wise to the fact that it is April Fool’s Day, and that anything can happen. Younger children are also more gullible. And, everyone seems to get into the act, including media organizations like the BBC, which has played more than one joke on the general public.
Any tricks or jokes must be harmless and in good taste for the unsuspecting “victim”. And, we suggest you think twice before pulling one on the boss, even if he or she is known to be of good humor.
Important: April Fool’s Day jokes and gags must not be dangerous or hurt anyone’s feelings. Give your jokes and gags some thought before carrying them out. Then, have fun!
Happy April Fool’s Day
April Fools Day Trivia and Famous Jokes
- Brazil celebrates this day as “Lie Day” or Dia da Mentira.
- A precursor of April Fools’ Day is the Roman festival of Hilaria.
- In 1980, the British Broadcasting Corporation announced the clock on London’s iconic Elizabeth Tower, better known as Big Ben, was going digital.
- On April 1, 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to “see the lions washed”.
- People celebrate April Fool’s Day around the world.
- In 1957, the BBC program “Panorama” broadcasted a clip showing a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from a ‘spaghetti tree’.”
” Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.” – – Charles Lamb
And we couldn’t resist this bonus quote…….
“It is easier to fool people than it is to convince them that they have been fooled.” – – Mark Twain
History and Origin of April Fools Day
The exact origin of this day is uncertain. It appears to have several possible origins and may have evolved in part from any number of them. To many, it dates back to France in 1564. At the time, April 1 was New Year’s Day. In 1564, New Years was changed to January 1. People who continued to celebrate April 1 as the beginning of the new year, were called “April fools”. People would play jokes and tricks on them. April Fools Day also has roots in days of the Roman Empire, where jokes and pranks were also played on April 1.
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