Fast Facts About April Fools’ Day

Whether you like April Fool’s or not, here are some fun fact about April Fools’ you will definitely enjoy!

Kaylee Yakish, Contributor

  • As much as we all love April Fools’, we don’t truly know why or how it started. Although there are many theories, none are confirmed.
  • There are beliefs that April Fools’ came as a day of laughter and celebrating life by throwing away evil thoughts!
  • Most famous prank in April Fools’ in France it’s called the “April Fish”. It is when someone sticks a paper fish on someone’s body without their knowledge and shout “April Fish”.
  • In 1976, BBC, which is a television news channel announced on that day the gravity of earth would be reduced by a certain level and whoever jumped in the air would lightly float in the air, many who hadn’t noticed that it was April Fools’ day got tricked!
  • Again, in 2008, BBC again telecasted news saying penguins in Antarctica started flying. BBC also claimed that those penguins had flown to South America’s tropical rain forests.
  • In Scotland, people celebrate two days as fools days! The second is called, “Taily day”, in which people play pranks only using one’s back part. For instance, putting papers that says “Kick me”.
  • In 1945, the weather broadcast department announced a tsunami in Pacific Island on April first and since many thought that it was a prank, no one evacuated causing a tragedy.
  • In other countries, April Fools’ is called April Noddy Day, Gowkie Day, Huntigowk Day and St. All-Fools Morn.
  • April Fools’ Day is not an official holiday.
  • April Fools’ Day in Scotland is called Huntigowk Day. In Scots the word gowk means a Cuckoo or foolish individual.
  • In Canada and in England April Fools’ jokes are only supposed to be played until noon.
  • April Fools’ Day is linked to the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria, which had people dress up in disguises.
  • It was also linked to the first day of spring, when the weather is unpredictable.
  • Some historians believe that the tradition of April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582.

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