April Fools' Day Facts
Every year on April 1st, April Fools' Day is observed as a day for people to play practical pranks on others. This tradition dates back to the Roman era, when practical pranks were performed on others during the Hilaria celebration. April Fools' Day has been observed for decades, although its exact roots are unknown. Some say it started in France when New Year's Day was moved from April 1st to January 1st in 1582, while others say it dates back centuries. Today, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Europe, and Australia celebrate April Fools' Day.
Facts about April Fools' Day that are worth knowing:
April Fools' Day, also known as All Fools' Day, occurs every year on April 1st.
Geoffrey Chaucer's work The Canterbury Tales, published in 1392, linked April 1st with folly.
April Fools' Day pranks and hoaxes are supposed to be amusing and harmless.
In 1698, many people were duped into going to watch lions being washed in the Tower of London as part of an April Fools' Day prank.
Huntigowk Day is the Scottish name for April Fools' Day. The term gowk in Scots refers to a cuckoo or an idiot.
April Fools' Day is so widely celebrated in Poland that an anti-Turkish alliance formed with Leopold 1 on April 1st in 1683 had to be backdated to March 31st.
In celebration of Aril Fools' Day, the media in Poland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway often publishes a fake article.
April Fools' Day is known as April Fish in Italy, Belgium, France, and Quebec, Canada. A part of this tradition is to secretly tie a paper fish to someone's back as a prank. This is known as 'Poisson d'Avril.'
Some individuals in France hesitated to accept the shift when New Year's Day was moved to January 1st in the 16th century. April fools was a common nickname for them.
April Fools' pranks are only intended to be played until noon in Canada and England.
Since 1986, news releases have been made to advertise the New York City April Fools' Day Parade. There is no such procession.
The BBC broadcast a news report on a spaghetti crop in Switzerland in the 1950s. This hoax is widely regarded as the greatest April Fools' Day prank of all time, with viewers requesting spaghetti trees in droves.
Taco Bell announced in 1996 that they had purchased the Liberty Bell and planned to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell.
In 2010, a spoof online film claiming that President Barack Obama was the "best president ever" and that he had fulfilled every promise he had made was published. The National Republican Senatorial Committee published the video.
Court jesters were formerly thought to be wise individuals who could use comedy to put things in perspective.
A hoax, sending someone on an errand to locate something that doesn't exist, or attempting to persuade someone to think something that isn't real are all common April Fools' Day pranks.