A Brief History Of April Fools’ Day

Can you believe that Monday is the first day of April? Where did January, February, and March go??

And the first of April also means it’s April Fools’ Day!

Are you into April Fools’ Day pranks or hijinks? If so, let us know what you do (or have done)!

April Fools’ Day has had a long and glorious history. (Well, maybe not so glorious …)

So here’s a brief history: While no one knows for sure when exactly April Fools’ Day began, one theory is that it dates back to the 16th century. Prior to 1582, the New Year began on April 1. When the “new” New Year was moved to January 1st in 1582, there were many people who hadn’t heard or didn’t believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. These “April fools”: were often ridiculed by being sent on “fools errands” or were made the butt of other practical jokes, according to the patch.com.

According to history.com, April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.

Bet you’re wondering how many people are involved in April Fools’ Day pranks. Well, according to a CareerBuilder.com survey, 32% of workers said they have either initiated or been on the receiving end of an April Fools’ Day prank at work.

If you want to know more about some well-known April Fools’ Day hoaxes, check out this link! http://hoaxes.org/aprilfool/

Have a great weekend!

Best Regards,
Taylor

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8 thoughts on “A Brief History Of April Fools’ Day”

  1. Thanks Taylor I did not know that about April 1st being the first of the year back then. I use to love April fools day . When I worked I tried to watch out so I didn’t end up on the fools end. 😆

  2. On April fools, in the coffee room, at work, the night before I switched the sugar and salt containers. I put salt in the sugar container and sugar in the salt container. Needless to say, when people got their morning coffee and took a nice big gulp they instantly spit it out.😝 Another year, at work, the night before, everybody had phones on their desks with buttons for line 1, line 2 lines, line 3 etc. plus a red hold button. I took the red hold button and switched it with the line four button on all the phones. All the next day people in my office kept hanging up on customers, because when they put them on hold they were actually hitting the line four button. And nobody figured it out until late afternoon.🤔 At another company, we all sat in 2 rows back to back in cubicles facing our desktop computers. It was a fast paced, high stress job. The guy behind me was always teasing everybody. So, one day he had to leave his desk with a client on hold to go ask a question. While he was gone I lower his chair all the way down and I turned the brightness off on his computer until his screen was black. He ran back to his desk and sat down and almost fell on the floor, then he picked up the phone to talk to the client and his screen is black. So he can’t see what he was supposed to say. He sounded like a complete idiot to the clients. 😬He did figure it out pretty fast and turned his black screen up brighter so now he could see. It took him a couple of minutes to figure it out though.😉

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