Also known as Fool’s day, April Fools’ Day is celebrated globally on 1st of April. There is no any absolute evidence to clarify why we celebrate April first as Fools day, however, history suggests that it first came from the France.
Before 1985, New Year was celebrated on April 1st, after that year it was moved to the beginning of January by one of the famous French man, Pope Gregory XIII. Although the change has made publicly, everyone didn’t accept it and continued with April 1st.
Later people began to make fun of them and also started to see them as foolish, as well as began to prank them, according to the historian Ginger Smoak, Huffington Post.
Globalization of April Fools’ Day
Presently April Fools’ celebrated globally all over the world, including Scotland, Poland, and even Iran as a day filled with some pranks, and with some silliness.
Not only that in this present modern time people have taken this to a different level, not only common people enjoy April 1st but also radio, television Newspapers, online news sites report outrageous fictional news to fool their audiences.
The France call this day Poisson “April Fish” or d’Avril. French children often capture a picture of fish, taking it back of their body until they realize. Which is also similar in Italy.
In Scotland, April 1st day was called Huntigowk Day- gowk, used to scots for foolish person or cuckoo.
Some of the famous April fool Pranks (April fools facts)
In 1957, the BBC fooled public by providing false documentary Panorama where BBC mentioned that “spring will come early this year and the Switzerland spaghetti harvest would be coming fast as well”. Later a woman was found in the background, picking spaghetti from trees.
Following back in 2008, the BBC again enjoyed April 1st by playing a video clip of flying penguins, mentioning the birds were directing to tropical rainforests in South America to keep them safe from Antarctic weather.
In 1998, Burger King released for customers with a full page in USA Today, “for its left-handed Whooper’ with all the condiments rotated 180 degrees especially for left-handed diners. Later they announced “everyone knows that it takes two hands to hold a Whopper.
In 1996, Taco Bell published an advertisement for newspaper readers, indicating “had purchased the historic Liberty Bell and planned to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell.”
On April 1, 2010, The National Republican Senatorial Committee a parody web video on President Obama claiming, “Truly the greatest president ever and that he has kept all his promises”.
Google shows “Mic Drop,” a feature of Gmail, which makes users able to send emails including an animated gif depicting a least dropping a microphone. The feature was erased after some hours.