Fool's Day

April Fool's Day Quick Facts - NZ

AKA NameAll Fools' Day
Hashtags#AprilFoolsDay, #AprilFools
Related Hashtags#Voltswagen, #April, #AprilFool, #Volkswagen
2021 Date1 April 2021
2022 Date1 April 2022
April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day History

April Fool's Day is a light-hearted comedic day of cheers, practical jokes, and hoaxes. It has been observed for centuries although its origins still remain unclear. It has been suggested that in ancient Roman and Hindu cultures, the day originally marked New Year’s Day. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued the Gregorian calendar which moved New Year’s Day from April 1st to January 1st. It is believed that those who continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st were referred to as fools, leading to the concept of April 1st representing All Fool’s Day. It has also been suggested that April Fool's Day is related to the vernal equinox, the beginning of spring, when Mother Nature plays sudden weather tricks on people.

The custom of April Fool's was brought from Britain to the US centuries ago. Both kids and adults in North America and in Europe have developed traditional customs to celebrate the day. These typically include fooling another person and yelling April fools.

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April Fool's Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 2020, Amazon announced a spin-off of the satirical superhero show The Boys called The Good Boys. The spin-off was to feature several dogs and their antics.
  • Traditionally, pranksters shout April Fools as they reveal the joke. In the United Kingdom, jokes can only be played until midday. If someone plays a joke after midday, then they are the April Fool. In Ireland, tradition was to deliver an important letter to a person, who would then deliver the letter to another person, and so on. Once finally opened, the letter would say send the fool further.
  • For April Fool's Day 2020, a fake Twitter account mirroring HBO Max promised to release a Zack Snyder cut of the Justice League movie.
  • On April 1st 2015, the United States Army printed an article about army drones that would deliver 3D-printed pizzas to U.S. army soldiers across the world. The pizzas would be made to order and have a shelf life of three years. Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center were credited with the project and concept. The first drone pizza delivery was cited to be made by April Fools Day 2016.
  • For April Fools Day 2015, Honda introduced the HR-V Selfie Edition (Honda HR-V SLF). The car featured 10 interior and exterior cameras that would allow the driver to snap selfies while the car was parked.

April Fool's Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • 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.
  • You can use social media like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to dupe your friends and family. Celebrities have been fooled on April Fools Day by fake news that is propelled by fans on social media.
  • 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.
  • Watch a hidden-camera or practical joke TV show. Our top 3 picks:
    1) Punk’d
    2) Just for Laughs: Gags
    3) Impractical Jokers

April Fool's Day References and Related Sites

America's Library: April Fools
Army: April Fools
Honda: Selfie

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