April Fools Day

Today was a strange day.  I went to get a present for Mother’s Day, which is this Sunday, and got trapped, in a bookshop.  Apparently they were pretending to have a sale as an April Fools Day prank.  Their plan went wrong and the police had to be called after some old woman start hitting the man behind the counter.  I had to be interviewed about what I saw and it took about an hour to get out, plus I didn’t get a Mother’s Day present because they decided they were closing down for the rest of the day.  Have I mentioned that none of that’s true.  April fools.

April Fools Day has a rich and interesting origin.  Got you again, it’s actually a real mystery.  Records of the celebration go back as far as the 1500s.  These records are vague, so they may not be referring to April Fools Day at all.  While there are many theories about the origin of this very prestigious holiday, the most popular dates back to 1564.

In 1564 the French redid the calendar, moving the start of the year from the end of March to the 1st of January.  They did this because the old calendar system had serious flaws, including some dates appearing more than once in the same year.  Naturally some people refused to acknowledge the changes and still celebrated New Years at the start of April.  The French had a name for people like that, no really they did, and it’s Poisson d’Avril, which means April fish.  Nowadays, Poisson d’Avril is the word the French use for April Fools.

This year I’ve been relatively safe from pranking, but I remember when I was a kid I loved April Fools Day.  I made signs to stick on peoples backs, had fake bugs and everything.  Now I usually prank people throughout the year and then yell April Fools, because no one suspects to find an April Fools prank at the end of their Christmas stocking.  Happy pranking, also I updated my Hangover 2 post, it now has the trailer.

How many people have you pranked today?  Were you the victim of any pranks?  How do you think April Fools Day started?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe.


One response

  1. Amy

    It’s been pretty quiet with the pranks this year although google did get me with their “google motion” sneaky indeed 😛

    April 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

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