April Fools Day


This is the one day of the year that is dedicated to the idea of not taking life so seriously. We humans like to have fun, and on this day, even though we might be the butt of the joke, we all relax our self-conscious protections and just go with it. Practical jokes, lies, made up stories, and trickery are all legal on the day that has names around the world such as Day of Lies, All Fools Day, or Poisson D'Avril. On this day, beware of someone telling you something that is not true. We are all gullible, and therefore receptive to some untruth, so when you wake up, keep your BS radar active. If you're crafting your own offensive, remember to keep in mind some simple rules:

  • Safety First - don't do anything that would cause someone physical or psychological harm
  • Be Politically Correct - try not to offend someone due to race, religion, lifestyle or something else
  • Make it Personalized - know your audience, and play to their personal gullibilities; for example, my younger brother is obsessed with his height (or lack thereof), so telling him that the Great Wolf Lodge just lowered its height minimum for the Tornado slide would be especially effective...
  • Enjoy - lighten your heart, lower your guard, and don't take everything too seriously on this fun day or merriment


While this concept has most likely been celebrated for centuries, the exact roots are unclear. In ancient Rome, there was a celebration at the end of March called Hilaria, where people would dress up in disguises. In France, many people feel that the idea came from the switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar in 1563. In 1582, New Years was officially moved from April 1st to January 1st. It took people a long time to adapt, causing New Year's celebrations to still occur on April 1st, thus labeling those people as April Fools. These people became the butt of jokes and hoaxes, and it became a tradition to tape paper fish on people's backs, symbolizing a young, easily caught fish or gullible person. They would become known as poisson d'avril, or April Fish. In more recent history, the news, media and companies participate in the disinformation. Taco Bell put out a press release in 1996 announcing that they agreed to buy the Philadelphia Liberty Bell, and were renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. In 1970, NPR's Talk of the Nation revealed that Richard Nixon (recently impeached) was running for President again, with the slogan "I didn't do anything wrong, and I won't do it again." They even had voice clips of him announcing his candidacy, done by comedian Rich Little. In 1957, the BBC reported that Switzerland ha da bumper harvest of spaghetti, and showed Swiss farmers pulling copious amounts of pasta from trees. The BBC was flooded with calls on how they could grow their own spaghetti trees...


Really just three key ingredients, plus whatever supplemental materials are required:
  1. Imagination
  2. Joy
  3. Love


Completely dependent on what you plan to do, but pre-planning is always best.