The history of April Fools' Day

The history of April Fools' Day

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The both highly anticipated and terrifying custom of April Fools' Day is recognized around the world.

The exact origins of this hoax-filled holiday remain a mystery, however, according to, some historians speculate that it dates back to 1582 when France switched to the Gregorian calendar.

Since Internet didn't exist in the 16th century, many French people were left out of the loop. The unfortunate folks who failed to recognize the switch to the Gregorian calendar will go down in history as the first April Fools! At the time, these people were knows as "poisson d'avril" or "April fish," and had paper fish stuck on their back as a prank. Funny, right?

Other historians speculate that April Fools' Day is connected to the vernal equinox. This marked the first day of Spring where the weather was unpredictable and constantly fooled people.

All of these traditions evolved into what we know today as April Fools' Day.

Not only can we not trust out friends and family because of this crazy holiday, we are starting to see news outlets, TV, and radio stations joining in on the fun.

In 1998, Burger King advertised a "Left-Handed Whopper" as their big prank. Customers who came to the store requesting the sandwich were embarrassed to find out that they were the latest victim of April Fools' Day.

As you continue with your day be weary of friends being too nice and family member trying not to laugh when you walk in the room. April Fools' Day is a lot more fun when you are the one doing the laughing!

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