April Fools Day

April Fools Day Quick Facts - AU

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2024 Date1 April 2024
2025 Date1 April 2025

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April Fool's Day History

April Fool's Day, widely known as All Fools Day, is a time-honored tradition embraced in various parts of the world, including Australia. This day is marked by the implementation of practical jokes, pranks, and hoaxes, often in good spirits. Observed informally, the Observance presents an opportunity for people to let loose and engage in light-hearted fun with family, friends, and colleagues. It carries a jovial atmosphere where misconception or misinterpretation is not met with hostility, but with laughter and amusement.

The origins of April Fool's Day are not entirely clear. The practice of fooling one another on the first of April may date back to medieval times when the New Year was celebrated in March and those who observed it in January were deemed to be 'April Fools'. For Australians, April Fool's Day finds its importance in the manifestation of social connections through playful pranks and jokes. Local media outlets and brands often participate, presenting faux headlines or advertisements that initially shock, but eventually spark laughter among the audience.

In Australia, April Fool's Day pranks typically range from light-hearted practical jokes to intricately planned media hoaxes designed to make viewers do a double-take. People take pride in 'catching their mates out' with humorous deception. Whether it's a surprisingly convincing fake news article or an unexpected prank, April Fools' Day in Australia is a testament to the country's playful and laid-back nature. April Fools’ Day is celebrated on April 1st each year.

Facts about April Fools Day

  • For April Fool's Day 2022, 7-Eleven announced a new product line named Tiny Gulp. The Tiny Gulp holds 0.7 ounces and only cost 7 cents, perfect for those who want a tiny taste of soda or slushie.
  • in 2023, Duolingo announced their "Duolingo for Pets" program, teaching pets new languages with the help of birdseed and catnip rewards.
    For April Fool's Day 2022, Twitter announced that they are working on an “Edit-Tweet” button, which would let users go back to previous tweets to correct typos.
  • In 1998, an Australian radio station prank called a local McDonald's live on air, pretending to be the police and telling them they had 30 minutes to leave the premises because of a bomb threat. The employees panicked and the police had to reassure them that it was a prank.
  • In 2006, Australian Men's Magazine ZOO Weekly generated uproar when it claimed that it successfully used the Freedom of Information Act to force Google Maps to remove images of topless sunbathers.

Top things to do in Australia for April Fools Day

  • Stay on guard! You will surely be the victim of a prank during April Fools' Day, so be extra-careful of pranksters looming around you.
  • One of the best ways to fool someone on April Fools' Day is to call them first thing in the morning. This way, they are less likely to realize that it is April Fools' Day. Our top 3 phone call pranks:
    1) Breaking news - create a fictional breaking news item about politics, celebrities, events in your city, etc.
    2) You're late for work - tell your friend that the time is 11AM and they aren't at work or school yet.
    3) Escaped monkey - a monkey from the local zoo is wandering in the backyard. You just saw a news clip of the monkey on the local news.
  • Be on the lookout for Australian broadcast companies and organizations are well known for pulling off some epic pranks. For example, in 1975, a Sydney radio station announced that the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge would be closed down and sold.
  • Participate in the Trick or Treat Parade: Similar to Halloween, but with a fun twist, both children and adults participate in the event by dressing up and playing pranks on each other.

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