Happy April Fools Day

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy April Fools Day and wish the best of pranks by the best prankster and warn everyone else to be on their toes.  I am a prankster in general, so April Fools Day is no different than any other day to me. 

When I sat down to write on this topic I decided to do a little research on the history of this day and how it all got started.  It appears this day started many centuries ago in 1582 in France based on an introduction to reform the calendar.  Something I didn’t know.

Here is a little excerpt of the history from www.April-Fool.us

The history of April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year’s Day was moved from March 25 – April 1 (new year’s week) to January 1.

Send invitations to nonexistent parties and have other practical jokes played upon them.
Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1.

These people were labeled “fools” by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on “fool errands,” sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a “poisson d’avril” or “April fish” because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke. Read more…

If you are looking for more history or information on April Fools Day here are a couple other sites to visit:

http://www.april-fools.us/history-april-fools.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools’_Day

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aprilfools1.html

Regardless of the history of April Fools Day have fun today and go out and pull a prank on someone.  If you do, paste a comment to this blog and share what you did.

Have a great day!

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