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Q1 of 2014 ends in a… joke?

by Sam Perren

350 words (1.5 minute read)

Originally Published: 2014-04-01



The first three months of 2014 are come and gone. A pause in the hard work completed so far this year, today marks the celebration of the fool.

Like many informal holidays, April 1 was developed over centuries and by mixing cultures and traditions:– March 25 was a roman festival Hilaria, borrowed from the Greeks to mark the end of winter gloom and celebrate a better season– a copying error in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392) may have refined the date to April 1st. A story where a vain cock was tricked by a fox was set “Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two. “ This was a typo during copying and should have been Syn March was gon. – many middle age French towns celebrated New Year’s Day on March 25th and celebrations lasted a week, ending April 1. Those who celebrated New Years on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated April 1.– Iran has the oldest prank-tradition documented, Sizdah Bedar was celebrated as far back as 536 BC on April 1 or 2.– In 1957, the BBC pulled a prank, known as the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest prank, where they broadcast a fake film of Swiss farmers picking freshly-grown spaghetti. The BBC were later flooded with requests to purchase a spaghetti plant, forcing them to declare the film a prank on the news the next day. A list of other pranks can be found here

It is an interesting commentary on human nature that we celebrate mischievous pranks every year.

It’s a reminder not to take ourselves too seriously. Life is too short not to have some fun!

Until next time,

Stay SILLY ��



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