April Fools' Day
April Fools' DayIBTimes India

April Fools' Day 2016 is just around the corner and people are planning interesting pranks on their colleagues, friends and family members. Fooling people is surely not a good thing, but people play harmless pranks April 1 just as a friendly gesture.

Also known as All Fools' Day, there will be plenty of websites and news channels who will try to fool their viewers/readers. Meanwhile, check out a few fun and interesting facts about this day.

  • Some historians believe that April Fools' Day is a calendar error made by France. In 1852, the country switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Apparently, this made the New Year's Day shift to Jan. 1 from April 1. Thus, people who celebrated New Year on April 1 were labeled a fool.
  • This day became popular in Britain in the 18th century. English people made April Fools' Day famous by playing practical jokes on friends, relatives and colleagues.
  • In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event. First day was known as "hunting the gowk" (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and the next was Tailie Day, which involved pranks by sticking notes on people's butts.
  • In 1957, the BBC had reported that Swiss farmers were having a record year with their spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees.
  • In 1998, after Burger King advertised a "Left-Handed Whopper," scores of customers were trapped in this fools' game and requested the fake sandwich.
  • On April 1, 1945, when a powerful tsunami took several lives, the entire population of the pacific island ignored the weather warning as they thought it was an April Fools' hoax.
  • In 1986, the tradition of an annual New York City April Fools' Day parade began. It started as a prank that later turned into a tradition and a press release of this parade is created every year, but no parade occurs.

Credit: history.com, edition.cnn.com, aprilfoolsdayparade.com


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