April Fool's day!

Hooray! It's the first of April, also known as April fool's day, where everything is a joke and you have to look twice before sitting down in fear of being glued to the chair by a humorous coworker. So in this blogpost I'm going to have to apologize for my contractions and informal tongue, so teachers, lay down your red pen and just enjoy a light-hearted text.

So where on earth did this strange tradition of pranking your closest friends and family come from? What good could possibly come from having a day a year when the newspapers can publish utter nonsense, and has it ever gone too far? There're a couple of theories around where this tradition originated, but none of them are certain. One theory was published in an April issue of a history magazine in 1983 by historian Joseph Boskin. He claimed it started during the reign of Constantine, when a group of jesters claimed they could do a better job of running the empire then him. Constantine let one of the jesters be king for a day and was so amused that it became an annual event, around the begging of April. It took a while to realize, but the publishes of the magazine eventually found out that they themselves had been the subjects of an April Fool's joke, as Boskins theory was completely made up.

As mentioned, the origin is unknown, and as I'm sitting here writing this today, on April 1st, I don't know what sources to trust on the internet, so I guess I'll just get down to the fun part: the pranks. People tend to get very creative and go to pretty extreme lengths to execute the best pranks. Some of these include The Guardian making up holiday islands in the Indian Ocean, with typographical references in all the names and attractions, like the northern island being called "Upper Caisse" and the southern being called "Lower Caisse", and the islands themselves creating the shape of a semi-colon. This prank got many people calling in wanting more info on the holiday paradise, but only a few suspicious emails enquiring why they had not heard about this place before. It is said that this stunt is what inspired the British newspapers to take part in the April fool's day shenanigans.

 

Another genius prank pulled by the chain restaurant "Taco Bell" is that they in 1996 announced to the world that they were buying the Liberty Bell, and renaming their chain "Liberty Taco Bell". This was met by criticism and outrage by the public. In 2008 the BBC announced that their camera crews in Antarctica filming a natural history series had documented flying penguins. And as we all know, penguins can't fly. It's good to know some news reporters have a sense of humor, each year in Norway the newspaper ?Aftenposten? puts in one fake article, which they then reveal in the evening news. I'm looking forward to finding out what they've conjured up this year! Over and out.   

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Ann

23.04.2014 kl.15:13

Fun pranks you had found! I don't think I heard any good ones this year, did you?

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