When I was young I thought April Fool’s Day a nuisance and really had no patience for it at all. Then I had a period where I have heartedly engaged in some sportful way. Mostly now I like to laugh at the ingenuity of others. You know, people who put some actual planning into it. Its a day for pranks with a twist to the good natured side. Not spiteful or mean. Just funny.
I was surprised to discover the day actually has a long history to it going back as far as 1392 found in Chaucer‘s Canterbury Tales. Wikipedia naturally has a detailed listing of it ( who are these people and how do they get such information?) and it seems to be world wide. There are so many usual pranks but the funniest for me was that on April 1, 1698 several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to ‘see the Lions washed.’
It seems people have been sticking notes to the backs of others’ clothing for centuries, so nothing original there. Wiki also tells us about jokes in other countries around the world. The Iranians call the day Sizdah Bedar and is stated as the ‘oldest prank-tradition in the world still alive today. Alas France and Spain seem to largely follow tradition by sticking paper to the victims’ backs, but the Flemish have children locking out their parents and teachers and only letting them in when they promise to bring treats that evening or the same day. Some of the countries celebrate the same idea but on different days of the year.
Perhaps it is just people saying, “Let’s have a little laugh and forget our troubles for a bit.” I do enjoy the planning and originality of some.
Do you remember what Word Press did on this day last year?
Are you a prankster?
What is the best April Fool’s you have ever taken part in or heard of?
Why …THE QUEST! – our sacred mission, to bring to your eyes, minds and hearts and possibly nightmares, unsolicited declarations of our wit, our intelligence, our hopes, our fears, our skeletons, our not so hidden sins, our crimes against humanity, our Joan of Arc martyrdom of it all, our heroism, our cowardice, our illusions, our delusions. Our SELVES!
Yes and you get it everyday, without fail. For we are
THE POSTADAY2011 Squadron! You lucky lucky lucky readers,
Inner Voice: Get of the soapbox Chris…calm yourself…take a deep breath..and get it done!
K, so the idea is to post your own three favorites of the first third. This is really tough for me as I crack myself up regularly, rolling on the floor at my own genius. Or I do a sentimental piece that mercilessly decimates the gate keepers of my tear ducts and opens the dam for a satisfying, cleansing, good for the complexion, old fashioned cry.