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April Fools Origin?
Origin of April Fools' Day

There are several explanations for the origin of April Fools' Day, but here is the most plausible one. April 1st was once New Year's Day in France. In 1582, Pope Gregory declared the adoption of his Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian calendar and New Year's Day was officially changed to January 1st. It took awhile for everyone in France to hear the news of this major change and others obstinately refused to accept the new calendar, so a lot of people continued to celebrate New Year's Day on the first of April earning them the name April fools. The April fools were subjected to ridicule and practical jokes and the tradition was born. The butts of these pranks were first called poisson d'avril or April fish because a young naive fish is easily caught. A common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke. This evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continues on the first day of April.

posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 01, 2004 10:37PM

So in short, the French are fools. Common knowledge as far as I know. ;-)
posted by Tim - on Apr 02, 2004 06:45AM

um question... did you actually take the time to research this or did you just know this off hand? no offense but i don't think it's really worth the time to think about it...
posted by Cean Lakranski on Apr 18, 2004 04:59PM

He's a veritable font of arcane knowledge, obsolete wisdom, and pedagogical superfluities. Pay attention, you might learn something (that is, if you deem such an endeavor worth the exertion...).
posted by Clint Phipps on Apr 19, 2004 08:44PM