April Fools Day

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Until 1564, each year began on April 1. That year, France’s Charles IX adopted the reformed calendar, changing the day to Jan. 1. Some people had a hard time accepting this change, and continued to celebrate the new year April 1. They were called April fools. Pranks were played mercilessly on them.
The custom of fooling family and friends became popular in France and spread around Europe. By the 1600s, April Fools’ jokes were common. Blame it on Charles IX for changing that calendar in the first place. And for all of you April fools out there, happy new year.


  1. Erin said:

    I had someone come in and tell me I had a flat tire at work and I almost jumped down their throat with all the bad luck I’ve had lately… then I got the "April Fools" and I felt better just knowing that my car was okay.

    April 2, 2004
  2. La said:

    I’m not a real big advocate of this day but does no one having any good pranks they pulled or that was pulled on them? So far- all is quite at school.

    April 1, 2004

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