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  • We all like to have a laugh once in a

  • while I know I do however some enjoy it

  • more than others one of the ways of

  • raising a titter is to play a trick on

  • someone or to prank someone into

  • believing something that is not true or

  • real fortunately for those who enjoy

  • playing the occasional prank or hoax on

  • others there is a special day put aside

  • for just such an event of course I'm

  • talking about April Fool's Day

  • April Fool's Day occurs each year on the

  • first day of April on this day people

  • will play tricks and pull pranks on each

  • other for fun most of the pranks are

  • harmless and cause no real upset while

  • some create anger outrage and even mass

  • hysteria there have been some rather

  • adventurous pranks played on the general

  • public over the years for example in

  • 1980 the BBC reported that the four

  • clock faces on the famous Big Ben clock

  • tower would be replaced by digital

  • numeral readouts many people call in to

  • complain before it was revealed that the

  • whole thing was a big hoax in 1978 a

  • wealthy adventurer returned from

  • Antarctica to Australia towing a large

  • iceberg with the intention of selling

  • chunks of the ice to locals this turned

  • out to be an elaborate hoax in 1998 the

  • fast food chain Burger King released an

  • advertising campaign to promote a new

  • product the left-handed hamburger

  • amazingly thousands of people fell for

  • the prank by showing up at burger

  • outlets asking for one of the

  • left-handed meals in 1976 British

  • astronomer Patrick Moore announced on

  • BBC Radio that the planets Pluto and

  • Jupiter would align in such a way that

  • here on earth people would experience a

  • change in the Earth's gravitational pull

  • whilst jumping up and down amazingly the

  • BBC received calls from listeners

  • purporting to have floated around the

  • room in 1962 Swedish television viewers

  • we're told that if they stretched a pair

  • of ladies tights over their TV screens

  • the black and white picture would become

  • colour of course it was all a hoax

  • TV viewers in Sweden had to wait another

  • eight years before they could really see

  • broadcasts in colour so what are the

  • origins of April Fool's Day well it

  • depends on who you ask there are many

  • stories surrounding the reasons why we

  • play tricks on April 1st first ironically

  • most of the stories surrounding April Fool's day are made up

  • the first written reference of April Fool's Day appears in

  • Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

  • published in 1392 where a mix-up with

  • the wording of the dates refers to there

  • being 32 days in march another origin

  • albeit an unlikely one occurred in

  • France when the Gregorian calendar was

  • adopted in 1564 which meant that from

  • there on the new year would be

  • celebrated on January the first and not

  • at the end of March those who continued

  • to celebrate after the change on April

  • the first were labelled as fools other

  • theories are that the date refers to the

  • Roman festival of Hilaria or a revolt

  • against Christianity when an annual day

  • of chaos took place as a protest

  • organised by the worshippers of demigods

  • in all honesty it would be fair to say

  • that there is no definitive reason why

  • April Fool's Day really exists

  • April fools day is also known as All Fool's day

  • in some places to many people the act

  • of playing pranks and hoaxing others for

  • fun seems childish and infantile

  • however this has not stopped people from

  • fooling each other with their creative

  • shenanigans have you ever played an

  • April fool's joke on anyone?

  • have you ever been the victim of an April Fool's hoax?

  • did you fall for it?

  • in this instance tooth or for something means

  • that you were taken in or fooled by

  • the hoax or prank you were made to look

  • stupid you are made a sucker of you are

  • made to look a fool quite the April Fool if you will.

  • today's keywords prank to

  • play a trick or to fool someone with a

  • practical joke hoax a form of joke

  • where someone pretends that something

  • will or has happened instance the

  • occurrence of something or an example of

  • something occurring

We all like to have a laugh once in a

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Learning English - What is April Fool's Day? - pranks, jokes, hoaxes - English Lesson with Duncan

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