One legend says it was a result from confusion during a change to the new Gregorian Calendar. There are all kinds of literary references, dating back as early as Geoffry Chaucer, or as some believe, attributed to the era of Noah and his ark from the OT.
There are other calendar theories, reform, legend and myth origins, or fools errands all putting forth their own theory as to the origin of April Fools’ Day, but no one can say for certain.
On the other hand, it is a day of hoaxes and pranks celebrated around the world today, a break from the dreary dark news that usually greets us each morning. You might be called upon to wash lions or harvest spaghetti. This is the only day of the year you can order a left-handed hamburger, or use a left-handed screwdriver.
You may not drink and surf the net today, but you can appreciate wonderful aromas directly through your radio or television. No doubt whoopee cushions and laughing powder are being well-used today.
Here are some links on April Fools’ Day origins, and of course, some great pranks pulled through the years:
The most recent at our house? I got an email today from Free e-books, encouraging me to recycle my e-books and save the world. Have you saved any megabytes today, or enjoyed a prank or two?
- April Fools’ Day roundup: Google overload edition (engadget.com)