April Fool’s Day where does it come from and why do we prank people on this day? I took to History.com to find some answers. According to the site, “its exact origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April’s Fool Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. Those who did not know about the switch continued to celebrate the new year the last week of March to April 1, and became the butt of jokes and hoaxes”. The site continues by talking about how in Scotland in the 18th century, there was a two-day tradition “which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails, or the good old “kick me” signs”. Those people were sent on fake errands, and followed which is why they were pranked.
April Fool’s Day pranks have continued over the years, and evolved from kick me signs to Saran wrapping people’s cars. I wanted to see what some of the best pranks have been, so I found this list on Forbes.com, which I have pulled a few from, you can click on the link to see the complete list, for a little laugh.
In 1957 there was the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest where the BBC announced that, “Thanks to a very mild winter, and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop”.
In 1980 the BBC reported that Big Ben would be upgraded to a digital readout, and that the clock hands would be given away to the first four listeners that contacted them since they no longer needed them.
In 1992 Los Angeles executives constructed a Welcome to Chicago banner which was raised above Hollywood Park race track so that anyone flying in would see it.
In 1996 Taco Bell announced its purchase of the Liberty Bell and said it would be changing the name to the “Taco Liberty Bell”.
In 1998 Burger King announced that it was launching the “Left-Handed Whopper” which had all of the same condiments, but rotated by 180 degrees, “thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of them skew to the left” reducing spills for lefties.
In 2010 Starbucks announced two new sizes of coffee, the Plenta at 128 fluid ounces, and Micra at 2 fluid ounces, due to “customer requests”. The company then suggested alternatives for the new cups, “such as a rain hat for the Plenta and kitten dish for the Micra”.
In 2011 Richard Bronson purchased Pluto…. I don’t think I need to say more, lol.
And lastly, in 2013 Twitter, “announced it was changing to a two-tiered service. The free version “Twttr” would not support vowels and would only allow tweets with consonants, while “Twitter” would become a $5 per month service that supports all letters”.
Whatever you choose today, to partake in the pranking tradition, or avoid it, I hope you have a great day, and weekend!