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The Real History About 1st April – April Fool’s Day

What is today? A Saturday? No! A day before Sunday? No! A day after Friday? No, no! Oh wait, its not a weekday. No, no. no! Its 1st April – April Fool’s Day. Today, insane humans prank the sane ones. Some pranks are on point, while some film terribly. We literally celebrate April Fool’s Day like a fool, without knowing its actual history. But again, we’re here to provide you all the information which might suddenly enlighten you. Here’s the real history about 1st April – April Fool’s Day.

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Image Courtesy : Inc42

April Fools’ Day (sometimes called All Fools’ Day) is celebrated every year on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April Fool jokes expose their prank by shouting April Fool. Some newspapers, magazines, and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in small letters. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country. Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (1392) contains the first recorded association between April 1 and foolishness.

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Image Courtesy : News Times Daily

The custom of setting aside a day for the playing of harmless pranks upon one’s neighbor is recognized everywhere. Some precursors of April Fools’ Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria. Bertha R. McDonald, in Harper’s Weekly explicated an origin of April Fools’ Day, stating that some “authorities gravely back with it to the time of Noah and the ark, and the London Public Advertiser of March 13, 1769, prints the following paragraph concerning this theory: ‘The mistake of Noah sending the dove out of the ark before the water had abated, on the first day of April, and to perpetuate the memory of this deliverance it was thought proper, whoever forgot so remarkable a circumstance, to punish them by sending them upon some sleeveless errand similar to that ineffectual message upon which the bird was sent by the patriarch’.” 

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Image Courtesy : The Wondrous

This theory, however, provides no explanation for the international celebration of April Fools’ Day. Trust us, while digging out the information, even we were fooled. So, why to suffer alone! But, to make it up, here is a video about April Fool’s Day pranks. Laugh out till your heart is content. Apologies if your jaws start paining.

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