It’s that time of year again: time for pranks and practical jokes perpetrated on friends, family and co-workers. What kid doesn’t enjoy the beloved springy snake in a can or the loose lid on a salt shaker? A favorite among Paramedics I used to work with was to send a rookie down to the shop to have the air in the ambulance tires exchanged from winter air to summer air. This was usually accomplished under the ruse that, much like oil, the air used in winter had a different density than the air used in summer. April Fool’s Day supermarioworlds.com may be a great time of year, but it’s one with a very fuzzy history.
he exact origin of April Fool’s Day is unknown. Some believe that it started in the 1500’s when Pope Gregory XIII decreed a new standard calendar be adopted by the church. Until the adoption of what is now called the Gregorian Calendar, the standard was the Julian Calendar which marks the end of March as the start of the new year. People who were a bit slow to make the change and continued to celebrate the new year at the end of March were anagazawe.com considered foolish and became the target of pranks.
The French began to refer to this day as “poisson d’avril”, April Fish which referred to young fish being gullible and easily caught. As the tradition spread though Britain folks in Scottland turned it into a two-day event. Day one involved “hunting the gowk”, the gowk being another name for the cuckoo bird. Much like sending a rookie paramedic to the shop to exchange the air in the tires, pranksters would send their victim on some type of foolish errand. There were usually several pranksters involved and victim would be bounced around from place to place all day long trying to complete the task. The second day involved pranks involving the posterior such as the ever popular “kick me” sign, or sneaking some kind of tail onto the unsuspecting target.
Other civilizations are said to have had similar celebrations at gamf.net about the same time of year, but several centuries earlier. Among these were the festival of Hilaria celebrated in Rome at the end of March, the Hindu Spring festival of Holi celebrated in India, and the Persian celebration of Spring called Sizdah Bedar. Although none of these festivals specifically include pranks and practical jokes, they all embrace joy, fun and hope.
Regardless of its history, April Fool’s Day offers an opportunity to “legally” prank your peeps. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, just sucker them into doing something that they might normally do anyway, but add a twist. Replace the crème filling in a package of Oreos with toothpaste and bring the cookies to work. Everyone likes the guy who brings donuts to the office, so prank them with crème filled donuts using mayonnaise. With a little thought and planning you can be the king of the pranksters. But beware…tradition says that you can only prank until noon. Pranking after that makes you the fool. And as always, the adage holds true: payback is a b….