April Fools No One This Time March 29 2016, 0 Comments

Either you prove you’re a certified gullible, or you pull a prank to regain your dignity. Either way, no one is safe when it’s April Fools’ Day.


Despite having no official recognition, the first day of April has been marked on the calendar yearly as a day filled with pranks, practical jokes, and general silliness.


So, how did this crazy filled day begin?


April Fool’s Day--Fooling You Around Since…


Would you believe if I tell you that the origin of April Fools is actually… unknown?

Even the root of all foolishness could be an actual hoax. Nonetheless, there exist a few meandering theories that could satisfy one’s inquisitive mind.


To start with, some people believe Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales associated April 1 and playing tricks in 1582--and since then, they consider this as a veiled reference to April Fools’ Day. It is found in “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” wherein a mischievous fox tricks a rooster Chauntecleer.

Chaucer meant 32 days after March--which would give us May 2--but tons of readers apparently misunderstood it to mean March 32, ergo April 1.


Some cultures believe that April Fools’ Day is for the celebration of the turning of the seasons around springtime.


Others would also like to believe that April Fool’s Day began when a new calendar has been adopted in 1582. Since then, tons of ancient cultures celebrated New Year’s Day on April 1st. This is called the Gregorian Calendar, which is derived from the name of Pope Gregory XIII who ordered to use a new calendar. Some people refused to recognise the new calendar, hence they still celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1 instead of January 1.


And then, other people tried making fun of these backward “fools” by telling pranks like asking them to look for something that doesn’t exist. This is called “fool’s errand.”

 

What are those Pranks?

Pranks can be as simple as telling someone their shoes are untied, or simply saying something for them to believe that is an actual lie.


Sample below would be the BBC’s Flying Penguins video that has been considered as one of the “Hoaxes of the decade.” It is said that the video was advertised as an evidence for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.



While pranks are essentially for laughs only, some pranks may actually go wrong, too.

 

Related article: 8 Things to Avoid When Taking a Selfie 

So, it’s now a few days before April Fools’ Day. Make sure to always watch your back, because this guy didn’t:

Kick Me Prank