April Fools Day brings the chance to play a trick or too. Did you play one this morning?
The tradition is said to date back to the time of King John of England. The man was not popular with his subjects and so when he planned to build a hunting lodge in a particular village they played a trick to make him rethink.
The townsfolk pretended to be crazy. Among other things they showed the kings men, who came to visit the on April First, how to Drown Fish!
This may have given rise to the French term used on this day Poisson D’Avril. In any case it led to a tradition that the British media has cultivated over centuries and that never fails to give us all a chuckle.
When you look back at classic April Fools pranks the one that often ranks highest is the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest Story. The threads of pasta being plucked from trees was shown on the very series BBC Documentary Program Panorama. In those days pasta eating was reserved for the upper crust in the UK who’d been to Italy so many people believed the story!
I wasn’t born when this was shown so it made no impact on me but I remember my Dad would always mention it each April Fools Day.
Some classics that fooled me stick with me to this day and make me smile.
The first was Smelly Vision on a popular kids program closely followed by the report of the discovery of the skeleton of the Lough Ness monster.
Stories about self driving buses are becoming a reality so who knows what might happen!
Hope it’s not the aliens landing!
The best though was when April Fools Day fell on a Saturday. Half the UK was glued to the TV watching the sporting program Grandstand when a fight seemingly broke out in the background as the announcer read the sports headlines.
Ah the BBC did good that day.
Share your favorite if you can!
Blessing # 295 – Jokes that Stick