Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Apirl Fools' Day

Ah...April Fools Day.  The day when people and companies try to determine the best ways to dupe thier friends and customers with usually harmless pranks and practical jokes.  Though the exact origins are unknown, the practice dates back at least to the early 1500s, with a French reference to a canard d'avril and writings of a Flemish nobleman sending his servants on foolish errands on April 1.  Large scale pranks even date back to the late 1600s, with tickets and newspaper headlines to the "annual drying of the lions" at the Tower of London, a practice that did not exist.

In the spirit of levity, in a time that we could really use it, I recommend checking out the Museum of Hoaxes' list of the top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of all time.

The top ten are pretty classic.

Hopefully you've been able to entertain yourselves pretty well today, with harmless pranks, and great comedies.  Shelter in place, but find some way to stop thinking about the virus.  Stay safe, stay happy.

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