April Fool’s Day: Ask a foolish question


I’m not a fan of April Fool’s Day pranks. It’s okay if it’s harmless, but I’ve never thought them funny. My question is, where and how did this even start?

There are a lot of theories but no definitive proof on how this day came about. The most common theory is that it started after Pope Gregory (not to be confused with my long suffering husband, St. Greg) replaced the Julian calendar with his own. The Gregorian calendar moved the first day of the year to January 1. In the Julian calendar, the year started onΒ  March 25th.

Oddly enough, people back then didn’t celebrate the new year until April 1st due to the previous week being a holy week. According to one theory, those who continued to celebrate the new year on April 1 were fools, hence it became the day of fools.

green birdHave you ever played a prank on someone on April Fool’s Day? How did it go?

Word of warning, the best response you’ll get out of me is the squinty eye of disapproval. I must disappoint Greg. He loves to play pranks and I’m not a good sport about it.

How about you?

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  1. It would be interesting to have known who played the first April Fool’s joke πŸ™‚ Got my son really good a few years ago with an April Fool’s joke. He was off to visit his then girlfriend at the time and had to drive about 45 minutes to her place. We were living in Southern California. We told him there was an earthquake and that the roads were possibly closed. He believed us for a bit as we carried the joke further but eventually got that we were playing a prank on him.


  2. No elaborate pranks from me. I’m too lazy.

    But why wait for April 1st to fool someone? The first time my daughter (who was 10 at the time) flew in a plane, I noticed we were above the clouds. I couldn’t resist and told her we were flying upside down. She fell for it and I got a good laugh. Yep, evil mother here. πŸ™‚

  3. Angela Brown

    Before my mother’s passing, I played the occasional joke. But her birthday is April 1st. I don’t feel very jokester-like. Some would think after 20 years her birthday wouldn’t impact me so deeply… or there are those who understand exactly where I’m at.

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