Fun Facts About April Fools’ Day
- Its origins are uncertain.
- However, Chaucer referred to April 1st foolishness in The Canterbury Tales written in – – – – -1392! – – – – – so it’s been around for a very long time.
- In England, an April fool (the person tricked) is called different names, depending on the geographic location, and might be called a noodle, a gob or a noddy.
- In France, an April fool is an avril poisson, or an April fish, and early 20th century April Fools’ Day postcards often featured young ladies holding an armful of fish.
- One of the most famous wide-scale pranks happened in 1957 when the BBC in England filmed a documentary of the Swiss spaghetti harvest. It was so successful that viewers wanted to know where to purchase spaghetti trees!
- Although April Fools’ Day jokes pranks happen in many countries around the world, April 1 isn’t a legal holiday anywhere.
Did you fall for any April Fools’ Day jokes today?