It is April fools day, and every year my brothers try to fool me with the same silly prank. We will be sitting down eating dinner, when they will look up at me a gasp. "Taylor there is a big spider behind you!"
I don't bother look any more. I just laugh and continue to eat my dinner. Maybe this time I'll say something like this: "Well brother dudes', you can tell that spider that he ruined my un-birthday, and is uninvited to my tea party! It is a good thing I have you guys to watch my back! Thanks to you, I can live happily like cabbages and kings! Now off with his head!"
Enough about that, for I thought I would brush you all up on our history, by telling you that April Fools Day dates back to 1582, but was only popularized in 1700 by English pranksters. The problem is that no one really knows how it was started. There are a few theories, like the switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. People who refused to switch to the Gregorian calendar celebrated New Years on April first, and those who did make the switch would try to prank them.
Anyway, I though it would be fun to tell you about some things you might not know about today!
If you do not like this holiday, I certainly hope you don't live in Scotland! The Scottish love this holiday so much, that they made it a two day holiday! Although I hear that the second day is mostly about placing "Kick me" signs on another's backside.
In Belgium, (I am not sure if this is true, but it could be) kids will lock their parents or teachers outside and will only let them in if they promise to give them sweets! The kids got this holiday figured out! I've seen the chocolate they make there, so who wouldn't want some of those?
On this day in 1957, BBC News said that Swiss farmers were enjoying a bountiful spaghetti crop, and even provided pictures! Many viewers called, wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree, to which BBC replied "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."
|Spaghetti crop photo!|
Now it's time to get serious. On April 1st, 1915, in the midst of World War I, a French aviator flew over a German camp and dropped what appeared to be a big ass bomb. German soldiers immediately dove for cover, awaiting the devastating blow! When no explosion followed, they went to investigate. What they found was a large foot ball with a note saying: "April Fool!"
Interesting, no? I didn't even make this up! I read it online, so I am not sure how much of this was true, with the exception of the spaghetti crop prank, which made me laugh. People actually believed it! Ha ha ha *wipes away tear*
Oh how I wish I had his wisdom!
Happy April Fools Day!