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  • April Fools Day or All Fools Day is the one day of the year when you are allowed to mercilessly

  • prank your friends, family and co-workers.

  • How exactly did this day come about?

  • We don't actually know for sure what started this celebration of April Fools Day.

  • References can be found as early as the 1500s.

  • But these accounts are infrequent and not very detailed.

  • The most popular theory is that it began around 1582 in France during the reformation of the calendar.

  • Before France adopted the Gregorian Calendar, they celebrated New Years for 8 days.

  • Beginning on March 25th and ending on April 1st.

  • When they switched calendar systems, the 8th day moved from April 1st to January 1st.

  • Because they didn't have internet, phones, social media and a mail system

  • a lot of people didn't hear about this change until years later.

  • Those that did not hear about the change continued to celebrate New Years in April.

  • Others refused to celebrate it out of rebellion.

  • Those who had been informed of the change and adjusted their calendars began to make fun of these fools who were

  • uninformed or rebellious.

  • This harassment evolved into a tradition of playing pranks on the 1st day of April and this spread to other countries.

  • However, April Fools Day was already established in England which didn't switch calendar systems until 1752.

  • Also, people were already engaging in pranks and light-heartedness around this time of the year long before the

  • French switched their calendar systems.

  • Such as in the case of the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria.

  • Modern celebrations of April Fools Day have slightly different traditions depending on the country you are in.

  • But they all have the similar theme of pranking or humiliating individuals.

  • In France, they try to tape an image of a fish to your back without you noticing.

  • In Portugal, they throw flour at you.

  • In England, you are only supposed to joke until noon and if you pull a joke after noon, you are called an April Fool.

  • In the United States and Britain, even popular media outlets and companies have been known to get involved in the fun.

  • In 1996, Taco Bell announced it had purchased the Liberty Bell from the city of Philadelphia and was going to rename it The Taco Liberty Bell.

  • In 1992, npr claimed that Richard Nixon would be running again for president.

  • British publication The Guardian, famously pranked the public in 1977 when they said that a semicolon shaped

  • island in the Indian Ocean had been discovered.

  • This hoax is credited for launching the trend of April Fools Day pranks by British tabloids.

  • So, hopefully you now know a little more about the history of April Fools Day or at least what we think the history of it is.

  • Now that we are at the end of this video, you might be wondering how the information of this is accurate seeing

  • that it is a video about April Fools Day.

  • Yeah ! it's accurate.

  • But seriously it's accurate.

  • I wouldn't do that to you.

April Fools Day or All Fools Day is the one day of the year when you are allowed to mercilessly

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The History of April Fools Day

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    Miranda Chu posted on 2014/04/01
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