April Fools' Day FYIs and FAQs

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So Many To Torment, So Little Time.

We all look forward to our holidays and unofficial days of celebration, some of us more than others. But when it comes to the prankster in your life, there's one day that is better than Christmas for them - April Fools' Day.

Most people love practical jokes, which is why weekly comedy shows like Just For Laughs Gags and Ashton Kutcher's brainchild, Punk'd have been so wildly popular with every age group from 10 to 100.

April Fools' Day is all about fun and laughter but a mean spirited practical joke can easily ruin the day for everyone. Make sure the pranks you pull and jokes you take part in are all in good fun and not harmful to those around you.

Thank You For Choosing This As LOTD!

I just want to take a quick moment to extend my sincere thanks for the confidence boost brought on by:

1) Choosing April Fools Day FYI to be LOTD on April 1, 2014

and

2) To all of you who visited, commented and participated.

I'm making my "Pay It Forward" rounds as we speak.

I've said it before and I'll say it again...

SQUIDS ROCK!!!

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Where Did April Fools' Day Come From?

Looking foolish does the spirit good. -- John Updike

In many countries April Fools' Day only lasts until noon, but the morning of April 1st can often feel like the longest one of the year as we wait to see who's gonna' "get" us. So where did April Fools' Day come from?

Some stories addressing the origin of April Fools Day maintain that the April 1st celebrations was originally affiliated to the arrival of Spring in late March. With Mother Nature taking the brunt of the blame, this theory suggests she is making "fool" of humans with her sudden and drastic changes in the weather.

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France - Poisson d'Avril ("April Fish")

Italy - Pesce d'Aprile ("April Fish" as well)

Scotland - April Gowk/Huntigowk Day

England - Noddy Day

It's true that those of us here in North America love to laugh at each other - kindly! But the celebration of good hearted joking around is a tradition in many other countries as well.

Europe Celebrated The New Year In April

Fact or Another April Fool's Day Trick?


FACT!

In European history, the beginning of April has also marked the celebration of the New Year. No joke!

April Fools' Day, also called All Fools' Day, is celebrated on April 1 the whole world over and has been for several centuries. Although its original inception is unknown, some historians surmise that April Fools' Day dates back to 1582.

While using the Julien calendar, the New Year was celebrated during the last week of March by people in some parts of Europe; exchanging presents and celebrating the New Year on April 2.

In 1582 France discontinued use of the Julien calendar and changed over to the Gregorian calendar. There was often a long delay in people receiving important information and being made aware of New Year now taking place on January 1st was surely a victim of lack of communication. Those who had been kept in the dark, continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 and became easy pawns for jokes and hoaxes as people teased them about their lack of knowledge and conformity. Sounds eerily familiar to society's actions even to this day, doesn't it? Some things never change.

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Do You Love April Fools' Day or Detest It?

How do you feel about April Fools' Day?

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Pranks are awesome!

Spirality 5 months ago

Pranks are funny to watch but not necessarily have them played on you.


Vickie Moses 5 months ago

I enjoy jokes and pranks!


bobnolley lm 5 months ago

My fraternity were masters of the prank! This day was like Christmas!


Dhookraj Singh 5 months ago

My whole family have loads of fun with harmless pranks.


BunnyFabulous 5 months ago from Central Florida

We are all about good-natured, harmless pranks in our house.


GrammieOlivia 5 months ago from Toronto

It's a great day to laugh at ourselves and make merry without hurting anyone else........


anonymous 5 months ago

Nice Lens, pranks are funny!


StrongMay 5 months ago

I like April Fools' Day, as long as the pranks are harmless. But there aren't so many pranks done around around here (where I live). Oh, well.


asereht1970 5 months ago

Pranks are fun as long as no one gets hurt. I was a victim of April Fools' Day today as my sister greeted me a Happy Birthday in the wee hours of the morning fully knowing that my birthday is on the 4th. I was mad at her for waking me up too early but that makes her the very first one to greet me a happy birthday this year so she was forgiven...


ZackBromberg 22 months ago

I love it. I do pranks all year round but April Fool's Day is like Christmas for me. :)


BrendanSanlatte 23 months ago

Nice lens. I didn't realize that April Fools day was celebrated all over the world. It's my favorite holiday. :)


EMangl 24 months ago

i need no special day for it - pranks are fun the whole year


blazingzone lm 2 years ago

A fun special day!


jseven lm 2 years ago

I had fun in a good way, not rotten pranks.


bofirebear1 2 years ago

Tons of fun


MillBucks 2 years ago

I love it, just keep your guard up!


dexter yarbroug1 2 years ago

A fun day!


Markstuffnmore 2 years ago

it's lots of fun

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    I hate being part of practical jokes.

    Dressage Husband 5 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    The pranks are OK as long as nobody actually gets hurt. That means physically and emotionally. Some people just can not take it!


    kmyangel 20 months ago

    sometimes pranks can be fun :p


    squid-pinkchic18 2 years ago

    I like AFD if I'm the one doing pranks, but usually its the other way around!

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      Laughter Is A Universal Language

      Though not all countries celebrate their unofficial days of tomfoolery on April 1, most countries do celebrate some semblance of a traditional prank day through the year. For example;

      On the Sunday and Monday before Lent , the Portuguese carry out a celebration where people throw flour at their friends.

      India celebrates a spring festival called Holi where people throw coloured powder and water at each other.

      Many Spanish speaking countries have held the Medieval Festival of Fools and Holy Innocents' Day, both on December 28.

      In the past, Mexico celebrated on the December 28 but it was used as a day to remember King Herrod having slaughtered innocent children. Over time, the day has been adapted into a day for children to play pranks and tricks called, Día de los Santos Inocentes (The Day of Innocents).

      In ancient Rome they celebrated Hilaria, a similar April Fool's festival that marks when the Roman God Attis was believed to have resurrected.

      In France includes the April 1 tradition is known as Poisson d'Avril (literally "April fish"). People try to go unnoticed as they attempt to stick a paper fish on the back of their victim.

      Italy also celebrates April Fish, (Pesce d'Aprile), which refers to any pranks pulled that day.

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      "April Fool's Day's Past and Gone, You're the Fool for Making One."

      Traditionally, many countries such as Canada, England and United States only play pranks until 12 noon. Superstition has it that after 12:00 the joke will rebound on the prankster. What's the point? Who knows, maybe that's the biggest April Fool of all.

      Do you have a joke you absolutely love? Share it with us. We can all use a good laugh. ;)

      Me first! Why do I get to go first? Because it's my April Fools Day lens, silly.

      What do you call a chicken in a shell suit?

      An egg.

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      StrongMay 5 months ago

      Unhatched.


      StrongMay 5 months ago

      I meant the chicken in the shell suit it called unhatched.


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      evawrites1 5 months ago Level 3 Commenter

      No idea about the chicken, but this lens was interesting to read today :)


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      esmonaco 5 months ago from Lakewood New York Level 7 Commenter

      Nice lens here, Our kids always come up with something as a prank on April fools Day!!! Congratulations on LOTD ")


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      Dressage Husband 5 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada Level 5 Commenter

      Nice lens on the origins of All fools day. Well done on the LOTD!


      anonymous 5 months ago

      Oh boy, you just cracked me up with that one. Unfortunately, now everything is kind of scrambled. Sorry, couldn't resist. Fun lens, congratulations on getting LotD!


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      Faye Rutledge 5 months ago from Concord VA Level 5 Commenter

      Happy April Fools Day! Congratulations on LotD! :)


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      BunnyFabulous 5 months ago from Central Florida Level 1 Commenter

      Why don't sharks eat clowns? They taste funny. ;)


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      eiramarie 5 months ago

      BF: You know your like a false teeth?

      GF: Why?

      BF: Because I can't smile without you..


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      Spirality 5 months ago Level 2 Commenter

      Q. What did the fish say when he swam into a wall?

      A. Dam.

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        julieannbrady 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA Level 6 Commenter

        Happy April Fool's Day!


        Funner1 2 years ago

        Prankster


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        Markstuffnmore 2 years ago

        I;m going to put your lens in for today's quest!


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        dwnovacek 2 years ago

        Cute lens! You're my pick for today's April Fool's quest. And you're Blessed!


        ibakir 2 years ago

        I;m going to put your lens in for today's quest! Too


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        dexter yarbroug1 2 years ago

        I really enjoyed your lens!


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        MillBucks 2 years ago

        Cool lens, have a great April Fools Day!


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        bofirebear1 2 years ago

        Very good lenses and fun to read.


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        RaidaMoon 2 years ago Hub Author

        @dwnovacek: What a wonderful way to start my time with Squidoo. Thank you for the blessing and taking the time to comment. It's nice to know I'm doing something right.

        What an amazing motivator and confidence booster.


        anonymous 2 years ago

        Interesting information about April Fools Day. I thought it was something we only did in the U.S.


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        @Markstuffnmore: That's wonderful! Thank you very. It's nice to know you enjoyed your read.


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        @ibakir: That's so kind. Thank you very. It's nice to know you enjoyed your read, and that I'm doing something right. =)


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        @MillBucks: It's so nice to feel appreciated. Thank you very much.


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        gatornic15 2 years ago

        Happy April Fool's Day!


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        @anonymous: Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's always to know when you've done something right.


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        @bofirebear1: Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed your read.


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        @gatornic15: Same to you. Thank you for taking the time to read.


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        @dexter yarbroug1: Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed the read and took the time to comment.


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        blazingzone lm 2 years ago

        April fool guys!


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        squid-pinkchic18 2 years ago

        Fun lens! I enjoyed reading it :)


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        @squid-pinkchic18: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.


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        Snakesmum 7 months ago from Victoria, Australia Level 5 Commenter

        Often wondered about the origin of April Fool's day.


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        esmonaco 7 months ago from Lakewood New York Level 7 Commenter

        Very nice, I never thought of April Fools around the world. Thanks for the interesting facts!


        Ruthi 5 months ago

        I think I will pass on that April Fish day and stick with wishing you a Happy April Fool's Day!


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        Nithya Venkat 5 months ago from Dubai Level 1 Commenter

        Great lens and interesting facts!


        StrongMay 5 months ago

        Is there anywhere April Fools hasn't reached?

        I wonder if Squidoo has a special prank lined up for all the Squids?

        And congrats on LOTD.


        thegembank 5 months ago

        this is the day where you have to be extra careful around friends.


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        mojoCNYartist 5 months ago

        My son's b-day is today....poor kid.


        tonyleather 5 months ago

        Very enjoyable and informative lens! Thank you so much!


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        Merrci 5 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 8 Commenter

        Congrats on Lens of the Day! Fun to read all about April Fools!


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        SteveKaye 5 months ago from Placentia, CA, USA Level 5 Commenter

        My life is a like a sitcom. I think my first word was, "Oh oh." So I celebrate April Fool's day every day of the year. I'm always wondering what I'll do next. And I'm having a ball because I think I'm hilarious.

        By the way, a prank is funny if EVERYBODY laughs.


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        BunnyFabulous 5 months ago from Central Florida Level 1 Commenter

        Great LOTD! Loved all the info about April Fools Day


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        eiramarie 5 months ago

        I did enjoyed your lens..⺠Deserved to be LOTD.. Congrats!!


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        bobnolley lm 5 months ago

        Really enjoyable! Congrats on your LOTD!


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        delia-delia 5 months ago Level 5 Commenter

        Congratulations on LOTD! Fun lens...


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        Gypzeerose 5 months ago Level 5 Commenter

        I love this gentle humor!


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        smarterdigital 5 months ago

        Very fun lens! Interesting too :)

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