So Many To Torment, So Little Time.

We all look forward to our holidays and unofficial days of celebration, some of us more than others. But when it comes to the prankster in your life, there's one day that is better than Christmas for them - April Fools' Day.

Most people love practical jokes, which is why weekly comedy shows like Just For Laughs Gags and Ashton Kutcher's brainchild, Punk'd have been so wildly popular with every age group from 10 to 100.

April Fools' Day is all about fun and laughter but a mean spirited practical joke can easily ruin the day for everyone. Make sure the pranks you pull and jokes you take part in are all in good fun and not harmful to those around you.

Thank You For Choosing This As LOTD!

I just want to take a quick moment to extend my sincere thanks for the confidence boost brought on by:

1) Choosing April Fools Day FYI to be LOTD on April 1, 2014
and
2) To all of you who visited, commented and participated.

I'm making my "Pay It Forward" rounds as we speak.
I've said it before and I'll say it again...
SQUIDS ROCK!!!
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Where Did April Fools' Day Come From?

Looking foolish does the spirit good. — John Updike



In many countries April Fools’ Day only lasts until noon, but the morning of April 1st can often feel like the longest one of the year as we wait to see who’s gonna’ “get” us. So where did April Fools’ Day come from?

Some stories addressing the origin of April Fools Day maintain that the April 1st celebrations was originally affiliated to the arrival of Spring in late March. With Mother Nature taking the brunt of the blame, this theory suggests she is making “fool” of humans with her sudden and drastic changes in the weather.

France - Poisson d'Avril ("April Fish")
Italy - Pesce d'Aprile ("April Fish" as well)
Scotland - April Gowk/Huntigowk Day
England - Noddy Day

It’s true that those of us here in North America love to laugh at each other – kindly! But the celebration of good hearted joking around is a tradition in many other countries as well.

Europe Celebrated The New Year In April

Fact or Another April Fool's Day Trick?



FACT!

In European history, the beginning of April has also marked the celebration of the New Year. No joke!

April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day, is celebrated on April 1 the whole world over and has been for several centuries. Although its original inception is unknown, some historians surmise that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582.

While using the Julien calendar, the New Year was celebrated during the last week of March by people in some parts of Europe; exchanging presents and celebrating the New Year on April 2.

In 1582 France discontinued use of the Julien calendar and changed over to the Gregorian calendar. There was often a long delay in people receiving important information and being made aware of New Year now taking place on January 1st was surely a victim of lack of communication. Those who had been kept in the dark, continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 and became easy pawns for jokes and hoaxes as people teased them about their lack of knowledge and conformity. Sounds eerily familiar to society’s actions even to this day, doesn’t it? Some things never change.

Dick Clark and Ed McMahon Knew The Value Of Laughter

Their "Super Bloopers & Practical Jokes" Specials Remain Some Of The Best

Do You Love April Fools' Day or Detest It?

How do you feel about April Fools' Day?

How do you feel about April Fools' Day?

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Pranks are awesome!

Spirality says:

Pranks are funny to watch but not necessarily have them played on you.

ViBeMo says:

I enjoy jokes and pranks!

bobnolley says:

My fraternity were masters of the prank! This day was like Christmas!

rainingz09 says:

My whole family have loads of fun with harmless pranks.

BunnyFabulous says:

We are all about good-natured, harmless pranks in our house.

I hate being part of practical jokes.

StephenJParkin says:

The pranks are OK as long as nobody actually gets hurt. That means physically and emotionally. Some people just can not take it!

kmyangel says:

sometimes pranks can be fun :p

Pinkchic18 says:

I like AFD if I'm the one doing pranks, but usually its the other way around!

 
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Laughter Is A Universal Language

Though not all countries celebrate their unofficial days of tomfoolery on April 1, most countries do celebrate some semblance of a traditional prank day through the year. For example;

On the Sunday and Monday before Lent , the Portuguese carry out a celebration where people throw flour at their friends.

India celebrates a spring festival called Holi where people throw coloured powder and water at each other.



Many Spanish speaking countries have held the Medieval Festival of Fools and Holy Innocents’ Day, both on December 28.

In the past, Mexico celebrated on the December 28 but it was used as a day to remember King Herrod having slaughtered innocent children. Over time, the day has been adapted into a day for children to play pranks and tricks called, Día de los Santos Inocentes (The Day of Innocents).

In ancient Rome they celebrated Hilaria, a similar April Fool’s festival that marks when the Roman God Attis was believed to have resurrected.

In France includes the April 1 tradition is known as Poisson d’Avril (literally “April fish”). People try to go unnoticed as they attempt to stick a paper fish on the back of their victim.

Italy also celebrates April Fish, (Pesce d’Aprile), which refers to any pranks pulled that day.

"April Fool's Day's Past and Gone, You're the Fool for Making One."

Traditionally, many countries such as Canada, England and United States only play pranks until 12 noon. Superstition has it that after 12:00 the joke will rebound on the prankster. What’s the point? Who knows, maybe that’s the biggest April Fool of all.

Tell Us A Joke =)

Do you have a joke you absolutely love? Share it with us. We can all use a good laugh. ;)
Me first! Why do I get to go first? Because it's my April Fools Day lens, silly.

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  • Spirality Apr 02, 2014 @ 9:01 pm
    Q. What did the fish say when he swam into a wall?
    A. Dam.
  • eiramarie_0726 Apr 01, 2014 @ 9:32 pm
    BF: You know your like a false teeth?
    GF: Why?

    BF: Because I can't smile without you..
  • BunnyFabulous Apr 01, 2014 @ 9:12 pm
    Why don't sharks eat clowns? They taste funny. ;)
  • partybuzz Apr 01, 2014 @ 8:20 pm
    Happy April Fools Day! Congratulations on LotD! :)
  • rauspitz Apr 01, 2014 @ 2:18 pm
    Oh boy, you just cracked me up with that one. Unfortunately, now everything is kind of scrambled. Sorry, couldn't resist. Fun lens, congratulations on getting LotD!

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