April Fools Day 2010

Today is April 1, 2010. If somebody does a practical joke or hoax on you on this day, don't get mad nor feel embarassed because whoever that person is (or yourself) has a perfect excuse - it's April Fools Day!

April Fools Day
Until now, a lot of people are still asking, what is April Fools Day and what is its origin? There's no better way to find out but Google!

Google search engine results page (SERP) will point us to Wikipedia for the query on 'April Fools Day' and to the Museum of Hoaxes for 'April Fools Day Origin'. And so, what do they have to say?

What is April Fools Day?
April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is a day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors, or sending them on a fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, such as the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool". Elsewhere, such as in France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Brazil, and the U.S., the jokes last all day.
April Fools Day Origin
The most popular theory about the origin of April Fool’s Day involves the French calendar reform of the sixteenth century.

The theory goes like this: In 1564 France reformed its calendar, moving the start of the year from the end of March to January 1. Those who failed to keep up with the change, who stubbornly clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the week that fell between March 25th and April 1st, had jokes played on them. Pranksters would surreptitiously stick paper fish to their backs. The victims of this prank were thus called Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish—which, to this day, remains the French term for April Fools—and so the tradition was born.
There you go; you learned some information about April Fools Day - the day of the year that isn't worth a celebration.

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