Hello my Fellow Bookworms and page turners,
It”s April Fools day, a day of japes, laughter and pranks.
As far as I am aware you can trace April Fools day back to the 1700’s, although the exact origin of the tradition is unknown as it has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures.
Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.
These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d’avril (April fish), said to symbolize a young, “easily hooked” fish and a gullible person.
Despite its scewed origins April Fools day has become a well known and somewhat celebrated day of fun, which in recent years has been forefronted by large companys making outlandish claims or statements fooling many.
What has been your crowning prank achievement thus far?
Mine, well I have to say I peaked quite early in my pranking career. Once when I was somewhere around 5 or 6, we were in the car, im not entirely sure as to where we were going but that doesnt really matter. My brother was still a baby/toddler and was sat in a car seat to the side of me beginning to play up as he wanted his bottle, my mother sat in the passenger seat infront of me scrambling about to find it. Earlier that day I had found a toy spider, and in the moment had a gleaming moment of evil genius (my mum is terrified of spiders) I carefullt leant forward and placed the plastic spider on my mothers shoulder, before sitting back in the chair, and worringly exclaimed
“Mam.. whats that on your shoulder!?”
my god the scream my mother made was of such a high pitch if it had continued she may have cracked the window, and in her terror she had squeezed the baby bottle and had squirted milk all over the car. My Dad stopped the car immediatley, and I thought thats it ive had it now! but to my surprise he thought it was as hilarious as I did… i dont think my mother has ever forgiven me for it, she told me..
“SAMUEL! dont you EVER… EVER! DO THAT AGAIN!”
and alas I have not.
What pranks have you pulled? let us know in the comments below!