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April Fools' Day: Interesting Theories Behind Its Beginning

April Fools' Day: Interesting Theories Behind Its Beginning
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"I was furiously trying to get lather from my soap and there wasn’t any. It took me almost half an hour to realize there is something wrong with the soap. Well, it was painted with a coating of colorless nail polish. The prankster was my mother and the occasion was April Fool’s day."

Whether you are a prankster or the one to get pranked, there is no denying that April Fool’s day is always wholeheartedly welcomed. Well, maybe a little less by the one getting pranked! But why celebrate the fool’s day?

There are numerous theories which tell the origin of this wonderful day of fun. Each story is fascinating than the other. Henceforth, it will certainly make every prank a bit more interesting.

Go pranksters keep the true spirit of the day alive!

Have we missed any? Let us know in the comment below.

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Day for fools

Day for fools

We are just a few hours away from the day when the whole world steps up to play wonderful pranks. Harmless and hilarious, these pranks are simple means of laughter. So, what are you planning for the day?

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Clever theories

Clever theories
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Many theories are associated with this day. Let's explore the most popular ones.

Confusion of calendar shift:

Confusion of calendar shift:
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1582 - the year when Julian calendar was shifted to Gregorian calendar is the most circulated story behind the origin of this day. Many people failed to recognize this shift and kept on celebrating the New Year on April 1st instead of January 1st. Hence, they were referred as fools. Also, a paper fish was placed on their back as a symbol of them being gullible.

Hilarious Hilaria:

Hilarious Hilaria:
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People dressing up in disguise to celebrated the festival of Hilaria, a word signifying hilarity. It was known as the day of resurrection of God Attis and Roman day of laughing.

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Nature's prank:

Nature’s prank:
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The first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere was a day when Mother Nature fooled everyone with sudden change. The origin of this day is also traced to this phenomenon of unpredictable weather.

The fool fox:

The fool fox:
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Known for its slyness, a fox tricked a rooster to become its meal. In turn, the rooster tricked the fox to let him go. Thus, making the fox a fool. Found in "Nun's Priest's Tale", a part of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392), is often considered as the origin of April Fool's day.

The prank theory – just for laugh

The prank theory – just for laugh
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One of the explanations of the origin involves the court jesters convincing Constantine that they could run the empire better. He let a jester named Kugel to take the throne for a day. He passed a decree calling it the day of absurdity. Slowly, this custom took the form of an annual event. The twist is that this theory was a prank itself by a History professor. It managed to fool the famous news agency Associate Press (AP).

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