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10 Interesting Anecdotes about April fool’s Day!

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It’s that time of the year again when you can get back at your boss, enemy or your meanest cousin for all the horrible things that they have ever done to you and not be persecuted for it. Every year on April 1 we put on our thinking caps and bring out our evil genius tricks to pull on friends and family and have a good laugh about it. This April fool’s day, let us take a look at some fun and interesting facts about this one-of-a-kind festival of pranks:

  1. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 16th Century France, New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. But a few people who were maybe unaware of this change, continued to celebrate New Year’s on April 1 and hence ended up being called April Fools.
  2. In UK, according to tradition, an April Fool Joke is revealed by shouting “April Fool!” at the recipient up to mid-day. The joking must end in the noon and anybody who continued to play pranks post mid-day was deemed an April fool himself.
  3. A few historical April fool’s day pranks were played on people through the years. One among them is a prank played by BBC Radio Astronomer Patrick Moore on 1st April 1976. He stated that a rare astronomical event; the conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto was to occur on that day at 9:47 a.m. that would visibly reduce gravity on Earth. If people would jump into the air at that moment, they would notice that they were floating in the air. People actually believed him and it was only later that they realized they had been pranked.
  4. In France, April 1 is known as ‘Poisson d’Avril’ because on this day it is customary for French children to tape a picture of a fish on the back of their classmates and cry ‘Poisson d’Avril’ when they are caught. Pretty strange huh?
  5. In 1962, Sweden’s one and only TV channel pulled a most hilarious prank on its viewers. They announce that the TV station would appear in colour if viewers would cut up their stockings and tape them over their television sets since this would bend the light coming from the TV and the pictures would appear in colour. Thousands of Swedes fell for this prank and ended up taping their stockings to their TV sets and I’m pretty sure that the people at the television channel were rolling on their backs with peals of laughter!
  6. It is quite shocking that since 1986, each year press releases are issued announcing an April fool’s Day parade in New York City but not a single one has occurred till date.
  7. Another funny incident of public fooling happened on April 1 1996, when Taco Bell announced that it had purchased Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell. This joke ended up generating nearly $25 million to the company in the form of free publicity.
  8. In Latin America a similar holiday is celebrated on the 28th of December known as Innocent’s Day.
  9. ‘The Canterbury Tales’, a book written by Geoffrey Chaucer on April 1st 1392 associated April 1 with foolishness.
  10. Last but not the least, the most famous public fooling prank till date was pulled by BBC in 1957 when they ran a report about Spaghetti Harvesting. Millions of people called in to ask about how to grow Spaghetti and they were told to place a sprig of Spaghetti in tomato sauce.

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