April Fools’ Day is a time for pranks, laughter

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April Fools’ Day is a day full of tricks, jokes, and laughter. While the purpose of the holiday was clear, the origins of April Fools’ Day was uncertain.

One widely believed theories was that Geoffrey Chaucer, an English author, wrote “The Canterbury Tales” in 1392. According to abcnew.go.com, a part of the story takes place on March 32. The whole tale on that day mocked heroism and emphasized foolishness. Some believed that Chaucer was referring to April 1, but others thought that the date was misprinted, and that the author had meant the end of March. However, the true meaning of the date is unknown.

Another theory of April Fools’ Day was that many in 1582 believed that New Year’s Day was on April 1. According to history.com, the Julian calendar had New Year’s on April Fools, but when France had switched over to the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s then became Jan. 1. Those who celebrated it in April were considered fools. French peasants would tell their neighbors that it was New Year’s, which was one the original April Fools’ Day pranks.

Some of the most memorable April Fools pranks were when Taco Bell announced they were buying the Liberty Bell, and renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Another prank was when Swiss farmers claimed they had a crop of spaghetti. Across the country, many saw and were fooled by farmers harvesting spaghetti from trees.

April Fools’ Day has changed from the supposed origins to modern day pranks, but the purpose of the holiday, to prank friends and family, has stayed the same throughout the years.

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