Interesting Facts About April’s Fool Day: Just Kidding!

Beware, because for all you know, somebody is thinking of a ‘fool-proof’ plan to make you an April Fool! April 1 is not just the beginning of another month, it also happens to be dedicated to a majority of the human population (just kidding).
April fool’s day is the most light-hearted day of the year. How could it not be, it is all about making a fool of the people we love and making them look stupid with practical jokes. The best part is nobody is offended.
It certainly celebrates foolishness. April Fools’ Day is celebrated on April 1st each year as a day to play tricks and practical jokes on others. This type of custom has existed since Roman times when practical jokes were played on others during a festival called Hilaria.
April Fools’ Day has been celebrated for many centuries but its origins are not known for certain. Some believe it began in France after New Year’s Day was changed from April 1st to January 1st in the year 1582, but others date it back centuries earlier. Today April Fools’ Day is popular in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Europe, and Australia.
Let’s now hunt some interesting facts about this funny day:
1. Italy, Belgium, France, and Quebec, Canada often refer to April Fools’ Day as April Fish. Part of this custom is to attach a paper fish to someone’s back as a joke, without being noticed. This is referred to as ‘Poisson d’Avril’.
2. Most April Fools’ Day jokes include a prank, sending someone on an errand to find something that doesn’t exist, or trying to get someone to believe something that is not true.
3. In the 1950s the BBC ran a news story about a spaghetti harvest that took place in Switzerland. This prank is believed to be the best April Fools’ Day prank of all time, resulting in many requests for spaghetti trees by viewers.
4. A radio DJ, on April Fools Day, told listeners that “Dihydrogen monoxide” was coming out of the taps. Enough people freaked out at this mysterious chemical that the Dj almost faced felony charges.
5. In 2010 a parody web video was released that claimed that President Obama was the ‘greatest president ever’ and that he had kept every promise he had made. The video was released by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
6. When New Year’s Day was changed to January 1st in the 16th century in France some people refused to accept the change. They were often referred to as April fools.
7. Since 1986 there have been press releases issued to announce the April Fools’ Day Parade in New York City. No such parade exists.
8. In 1996 Taco Bell ran a story that they had bought the Liberty Bell and were going to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell.
9. Wicked sense of humor? Learn from the older times! According to Scotland history, they used to call the April fool’s Day as ‘Hunt the Gowk Day.’ Gawk means a fool. A person is sent to deliver a message to another by someone who wants to fool the messenger. The message used to convey the receiver to send another similar message to someone else by the foolish messenger. The game used to continue until the messenger realized that he is being fooled.
10. Tragic Fools day in history! In 1945, the weather broadcast department announced a tsunami in Pacific Island on April first and since the many thought that it was a prank, they didn’t mind the announcement and what to say next? The big tragedy hit!!
11. Fools mail! Google launched Gmail on the eve of April fool’s day, and everyone thought that it was a prank due to its unbelievably good features! But the company really launched the mail king of today!

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