April Fools Day

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April Fools Day

Ruth Martin, Reporter

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April Fools’ Day is an annual celebration celebrated on April 1 by playing jokes and pranking other people. This tradition started in the year, 1700 by English pranksters. Historians say that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582. Many countries celebrate this day in their own way, but the origin is the same. Some people take April Fools’ Day very seriously, and some just like it for fun. commonly used prank includes placing a paper fish on someone’s back. It’s referred to as “poisson d’avril” or April fish. This means that the person is easily caught like a fish.  These countries  commemorate this holiday in their own fashion, and these are some:

Ireland:

-Give the victim an “important letter,” and then ask them to keep passing it on until someone opens it, and the letter would day, “send the fool further.”

Poland:

-They make jokes in public institutions and serious activities were avoided.

India:

-They mostly make jokes through cinema and popular literature.

United Kingdom and Lebanon:

-They yell, “April fool!” to the victim, and they become the “April fool.”

In modern times, people have created elaborate April Fools’ Day pranks. Newspapers and TV stations have participated in the April 1 tradition of reporting hilarious claims that have fooled their audiences.

In 1957, television show BBC reported that Swiss farmers were going through a spaghetti crop and people growing noodles from trees. Many viewers were fooled but were told it was a hoax in the end. Sports broadcaster, Sports Illustrated, tricked many readers when they made- up an article saying that a novice pitcher named Sidd Finch could throw a fastball at 168 miles per hour!

My favorite prank and all time favorite is to put Vaseline on door knobs and tell people my house was on fire! In the end, it’s all fun and games. So, if your “house lights on fire, make sure to April-fuel them!”