April Fools’ Day

April 1, 2011

The origins of April Fools’ Day are unclear. Some trace it back to 1392 in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” where one main character is tricked by a fox, 32 days after March.

Others say it began when the official calendar changed in 1564, and those who didn’t know New Year’s Day switched from April 1 to Jan. 1 were made the butt of jokes.

Some go back to biblical times, citing Noah releasing the animals from the ark by mistake before the floods ended.

What are your favorite April Fools’ pranks? Post them here.


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