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11 FACTS ABOUT APRIL FOOL’S DAY
- Where is the earliest recorded association between April 1st and foolishness found
- If a fellow is fooled by a pretty girl what is his fate?
- On April Fools’ Day, 2009, travel site Expedia offered exclusive flights to this highly what desired space destination?
- According to a CareerBuilder.com survey, what percent of workers say they have either initiated or been on the receiving end of a workplace April Fools’ Day prank?
- What do children in certain areas of Belgium do on April Fool’s Day?
- What author wrote It’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt; and Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed and The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year?
- What late 1980s April Fool’s Day joke about a futuristic technological advance ultimately became a reality?
- On April 1, 1946 what happened when a pacific island population didn’t believe a weather warning, thinking it was an April Fool’s hoax?
- What hoax did the Dutch television news once report?
- In Scotland, an April fool is called an April ___________ — Scottish for _____________, which is an emblem of _____________.
Name three possibilities of how April Fool’s Day started.
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- In the Canterbury Stories (1392) by Geoffrey Chaucer.***
- He will end up married to her, or at least will enjoy a healthy friendship with the lass.****
- 32 percent**
- Children lock out their parents or teachers and only let them in if they promise to give them sweets.**
- Mark Twain**
- A British television Saturday morning kids’ program ran an April Fool hoax about a device named Chippy (a “chippy” is a common term for a fish and chips takeway). The claim was that this new type of walkman could hold hundreds of songs on a microchip, thus rendering CDs and radio obsolete. Fast forward to the 2000s, and MP3 players…*
- A powerful tsunami killed scores of unsuspecting people .^
- That the famous Tower of Pisa had fallen over. Many shocked and even mourning people contacted the television studio.*
- In Scotland, an April fool is called an April “gowk” — Scottish for cuckoo, an emblem of simpletons.***
- Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar.^^^
- It ties in with the Romans’ end-of-winter celebration, Hilaria, and the end of the Celtic new year festival.****
- Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day,^^^