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April Fool’s Day Started in France


How did April Fool’s Day Get Started?   Why is April 1st – April Fool’s Day?

Some people lie in wait to “trick” or ‘surprise’ their friends and family with some made-up tale or joke.  Some get away with it all day and others see it coming and know it’s an April Fool’s joke.

How did this all come about? There are many theories, but the majority of them center around the Calendar-Change Theory.

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.” [Ref: Museum of Hoaxes]

Children and young adults love to play these first day of April jokes on people – sometimes all through the day – so you never know what is a joke and what is true.

I thought April Fool’s Day would be a good day to share with all of you some titles of articles that I am thinking of writing…..it’s up to you to decide if I’m telling the truth or giving the day its due and April fooling you.

Here is a partial list of the article titles — are they real or April Fool’s?

“How to Make Cell Phone Calls from Prison”

“Product Review of Foods that are Past their Expiration Dates”

“How to Secretly Give Your Depression Away to Someone Else”

“How to Make a Memorable Shopping Experience with a Very Small Child Who Didn’t Have a Nap”

“The Secret to Making a So-So Fruitcake for your In-laws for the holidays out of Luau Leftovers.”

“How to Fix Your Hair After Accidentally Spray-Starching It.”

“Why Capricorns and Leos Do NOT get along and WILL NEVER get along and Why It’s ALWAYs Leo’s Fault”.

“Delicious Cheesecake Recipe without adding any kind of Cheese, Sugar, Milk or Cream”

“How to Get your Pet Skunk to Make Breakfast for you in the Morning”

“Assembling a Space Shuttle in your Backyard Shed”

“Great Exercises for Under-developed Pinkies While Watching a Football Game”

“Unhealthy Foods and Why They Taste So Good and How to Get Them All Out of Your Fridge and Hide Them.”

“DIY High-Stye Hair Cutting Instructions for Beginners”

“How to Make a Convincingly Desperate Hair Salon Appointment”

“Places to Travel on Vacation From Where You May Never Return”

“Why Our Marriage Works Even Though we Live on Different Continents”

“Tell your teens: What you Never, Ever, Never, Never, Ever Do on a First Date”

“How to Make a Nuclear Bomb From Things Around the House”

“How to Cheat at Wii Games”

“Cheap Vacation Ideas or Staying at the In-Laws”

*Secrets to Getting to Your Man’s Wallet During Football Games”.

“DIY Medical/Surgical Procedures To Practice at Home”.

“Sure-Fire Ways to Annoy or Curb your HOA”

“Book Review: “Plastic Surgery for Dummies”

“The Best Way to Clear a Crowded Store When You Go Shopping”

Marie Coppola Revised March 2017