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Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools Day Origin

Since today is April Fools Day I wanted to provide you with a little background information about its origin. April Fools Day or All Fools Day has always been a day to play pranks, jokes, hoaxes on anyone and everyone you encounter. I was shocked when I found that the earliest references of April Fools is from 1392 in Chaucer's Canterbury tales. One of the main "pranks" involved in Canterbury tales is the proud rooster that is tricked by a fox. I guess you could say this was the "first" April Fools Day prank, but surely far from the most interesting.

32 comments:

  1. I had always thought it had been around for longer.

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  2. That's actually very interesting. I would have thought it was a more recent thing... I'm surprised it survived centuries in this fashion.

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  3. Cool its always nice to know these kind of things

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  4. I agree with TheGeneral. I thought it had been around way longer than that.

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  5. Where did you find that information? Interesting find :3

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  6. well im glad someone posted its origin, everyone is posting about april fools today so its good to know.

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  7. followed because of the great picture in the header.

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  8. apriiiil you don't goof'd +followed

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  9. 1392? I knew April Fool's Day was old, but I would have never have guessed it back to the middle ages! Good research.

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  10. the end of the 1300s, huh? Not insanely old, but for a comedy hallmark holiday that's interesting.

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  12. I.. hate.. April fool's

    I really do -_-

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  13. I did fool myself that i could fly to day.. litle offtopic nah? but nice, i have heard that the first prank was at year -0

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  14. I knew that, but it's still interesting =D

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  15. This is the first time I heard the history of April Fools, thanks for sharing

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  16. I remember something about the tale of the fox ad the rooster. Could someone refresh my memory on what exactly happened again? Also i've not had any april fools today...strange.

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  17. I'm not familiar with that story but 1300 is too old and it started with a fox? Whoa!

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  18. Who knew? I'm wondering how you found this out cause it actually seems pretty interesting.

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  19. interesting. or is this an april fool.

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