They say seeing is believing, but then again, look closer. Things are not always what they seem.
In some countries, there is the practice of playing jokes and pranks on April 1st. The Scandinavian countries seem to particularily enjoy this. There are newspapers that like to participate by publishing one false story to see if readers catch on.
Where did these pranks and jokes originate? And why April 1st?
Some blame Geoffrey Chauncer and his Canterbury Tales, while others say no no. In 1508, French poet Eloy d’Amerval referred to a poisson d’avril (April fool, literally “Fish of April”), possibly the first reference to the celebration in France. Apparently, there is an attempt to put a paper fish on the person’s back without their noticing. On that date, a Flemish noble observed other nobles sending their servants on silly errands with notes of nonsense.
A lot of this is being quoted from the Wikipedia, so please excuse my perchant for frivolity. Here goes:
Although no Biblical scholar or historian are known to have mentioned a relationship, some have expressed the belief that the origins of April Fool’s Day may go back to the Genesis flood narrative. In a 1908 edition of the Harper’s Weekly cartoonist Bertha R. McDonald wrote:
Authorities gravely back with it to the time of Noah and the ark. The London Public Advertiser of March 13, 1769, printed: “The mistake of Noah sending the dove out of the ark before the water had abated, on the first day of April, and to perpetuate the memory of this deliverance it was thought proper, whoever forgot so remarkable a circumstance, to punish them by sending them upon some sleeveless errand similar to that ineffectual message upon which the bird was sent by the patriarch.”
Because pranks and jokes are common in so many countries, people tend not to to anything serious on that day waiting until April 2 to conduct business as usual. So beware on Monday when April comes along. Smile, laugh, but remember it’s all in good fun or at least meant to be.
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