Happy April Fools’ Day

It’s April Fool’s day!! Nobody can be trusted, not even the news. So, how did this holiday start? Well, according to popular belief , it all started when the calendars changed the first day of the year from April first to January 1st around the 16th century. It became custom to mock or play pranks on those stubborn to the change. However, it doesn’t explain how it became such a widespread holiday, from India to Poland. Here’s some wacky traditions and pranks.

In France and other francophone countries, April fool’s day is Poissons d’Avril . Which translates to April’s fish. The prank involved with this holiday is discretely taping paper fish on people’s back without them noticing. Also if you google April’s Fish you get some very strange 18th century cards.

A famous prank involving BBC, had hundreds fooled in 1957. They released a 3 minute “documentary” depicting Swiss farmers harvesting freshly grown spaghetti. Many excitingly phone BCC asking how they could get there own spaghetti tree, to which BCC replied, “Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.” Let me tell you a secret ; spaghetti is not grown on trees.

In 2007 someone posted a picture online of what appeared to be a mummified fairy. The site, Lebanon Circle, claimed that a man had found the creature while walking his dog. Thousands feel for the very realistic photos of the hominoid being in a forensic lab, but a lass. It was a hoax. The guy who made it was just a very talented prop maker, but even though the fairy was proven to be fake, many still believe it’s real to this day.

There’s sure to be plenty more today, so be careful of who you believe and have a happy April Fools’ Day!

Author: Claudia Kolts

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