April Fool’s Day

Though there are some variations from where April Fool’s Day stems; it does not matter? What is important, is the source of mischief and it gives a chance to laugh off the prank.

by Victor Cherubim

Monday is April 1st and that means April Fool’s Day. In the UK an April Fool joke is revealed by shouting “April Fool” at the person who has been ridiculed, who then becomes “April Fool”.

The roots of April Fool’s Day are still mysterious. Some say its origin can be traced back to the Roman festival known as Hilaria, which was celebrated on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis. Thus, the origin of the word “hilarious”. Others attribute it to the change to the Gregorian calendar. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. Accordingly, New Year’s Day was to be celebrated on Jan 1st. But strange the Gregorian calendar was not adopted in England until 1752. But according to records, April Fool’s Day was already well established by then. Still others say it is connected to Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” where a fox plays a prank on a rooster.

Though there are some variations from where April Fool’s Day stems; it does not matter? What is important, is the source of mischief and it gives a chance to laugh off the prank.

Today, there are many fun tricks played, and to play especially on family and friends in good humour. But the most important thing according to tradition, is that the joke should cease at midday, at which time it is no longer acceptable. The holiday we are told ceases at mid-day and a person playing a joke or a prank after midday is considered the “April Fool” themselves?

The types of pranks

We all know with April showers come May flowers but planning or playing mischievous tricks on unsuspecting individuals is mainly to inject light hearted fun. But today people have become slightly suspicious of what they read in the media, to avoid being tricked.

A possible outcome everyone is expecting tomorrow is about Brexit?

“We love April Fool’s jokes” say the ads” at Google. Microsoft has however banned April Fool’s Day pranks by its staff because they admit they can cause more harm than good.

Making things up like “fake news” and tricking people into believing them is pursued by some others.

Is April Fool’s Day pranks creative?

Tech companies always try to show their “creativity” especially with April Fool’s day stunts. The outcomes may be amusing, but how about the process?

Here are some April Fool pranks for kids or for those who want to be kids once again.

1. Notice on door states: “Doorbell Broken! Yell “Ding Dong!” really loudly to be heard.”
2. Teacher mixes similar looking candies in a small bowl and leaves it for students with a note:” Please watch what you eat children?” Some children noticing that
“M & M’s” are mixed with “skittles” take the teacher on by writing a yellow sticker outside the bowl “whoever you are, do not think, we don’t know the difference between M & M and Skittles. We know M & M’s have “M&M” and Skittles have and the letter “S” imprinted on them?
3. Many companies also can “con” their customers, so beware into believing the most outlandish news items. On 1 April 2018 Netflix announced it had acquired “Actor Seth Rogen” a lifetime transfer deal. It turned out to be an April Fool’s joke that left many scratching their heads and smiling in amusement.

Is there anything that can be not a joke?

Many years ago, populist parties were marginal in the world of politics? Tomorrow we will know if anti-establishment populism is here to stay. Populism is on the rise in Europe and around the world today. This we know is since the financial crisis of 2008 and the refugee migration in Europe in 2015.

Five of the world’s largest democracies including the United States, according to analysts are led by populists. How about predicting if Britain will be in Europe for the European Elections in May 2019 and would Europe return more right-wing populists to scuttle Britain remaining in Europe?

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