- What started April Fools’ Day: Some experts believe it began after the shift from the Julian calendar (with the new year starting around the March equinox) to the Gregorian calendar (which start the new year
on Jan. 1) in the 1500s. Some people were mocked if they didn’t know about the switch and followed the
- Sounds pretty fishy: The French call April 1 “Poisson d’Avril,” or “April Fish.” French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying “Poisson d’Avril” when the prank is discovered.
- How to celebrate: April Fools’ Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include having
someone look for things that don’t exist, playing pranks and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.
- Speaking of ridiculous: In the 1960s there was only one TV channel in Sweden, which broadcast in black and white. As an April Fools’ joke, it was announced that viewers could convert their sets to display color.
They simply needed to pull a nylon stocking over the screen.
Other names for April Fools’ Day around the world: April Noddy Day, Gowkie Day, Huntigowk Day and St. All-Fools Morn.