The truth is, we really don't know where the tradition of playing pranks on people came from. There are a few theories floating around though:
So, on April 1st are you going to be the tricked or the trickster?
So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now.
~William of Baskerville in 'The Name of the Rose'~
fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.
~Colette (1873 - 1954), in New York World-Telegram and Sun, 1961~
fool must now and then be right by chance.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...
~Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) in 'A Tale of Two Cities'~
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) in 'Self-Reliance'~
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
~Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD), Serendipity~
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
~Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)~
It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
~Anatole France (1844 - 1924)~
Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly,
better than wise people
for their wisdom.
Our wisdom comes from our experience,
and our experience comes from our foolishness.
~Sacha Guitry (1885 - 1957)~
Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It's good to be silly at the right moment.
~Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)~
Perhaps we are wiser, less foolish and more far-seeing than we were two hundred years ago.
But we are still imperfect in all these things, and since the turn of the century it has been remarked
that neither wisdom nor virtue have increased as rapidly as the need for both.
~Joseph Wood Krutch (1893 - 1970)~
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
~Quintilian, De Institutione Oratoria~
[Politicians] never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
~William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) in 'As You Like It'~
Always the dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.
~William Shakespeare in 'As You Like It'~
You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious,
nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.
~Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)~
ultimate result of shielding men from the
is better to be a fool than to be dead.
and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own.
He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
~Hunter S. Thompson (1939)~
Let us be thankful for the fools.
But for them the rest of
us could not succeed.
The first of April is the
day we remember
The point of living and of being an optimist,
is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
~Peter Ustinov (1921 - 2004)~
Foolish writers and readers are created for each other.
~Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797)~
person successfully tricked on 1st April.
Labeling people stuck to old
traditions and customs as 'fools', sending them on 'fool errands' and hooking a
paper fish on their backs as a joke to depict them as 'April Fish' that
represented young and naïve fishes that are easily caught on the first day of
April were a common practice in Britain, France and Scotland in the 18th century
and were later introduced to the American colonies. With its spread and reach
all over the world, it has now acquired an international flavor.
Romans celebrate a similar festival by the name of 'Hilaria', when their God Attis was believed to have resurrected. This festival is also known as 'Roman Laughing Day' and will be celebrated on 25th March this year.
Portuguese celebrate a similar festival as April Fool's Day on the Sunday and Monday before Lent season, where people throw flour at their friends.
India's festival 'Holi' that will be celebrated on 31st March 2005 is a Spring festival, where people play jokes on one another and smear each other's faces with colors and flower extracts.
Mexican people celebrate a similar festival on December 28, which used to be a sad remembrance of the slaughter of the innocent children by the cruel King Herod. Later it evolved into lighter commemoration of children's pranks and trickery.
English people call the fooled victims as 'noodle', 'gobs' or 'gobby'. They play pranks only in the morning and it is considered bad luck to play pranks and practical jokes after noon.
In the Lake District, an April Fool is a - 'April noddy'.
past and gone,
In Cornwall, an April Fool is a 'guckaw' or 'gowk', another word for cuckoo (a bird). If a child succeeded in 'taking in' another, he used to shout after him ~ "Fool, fool, the guckaw." On the other hand if the person resisited the trick, he would say ~ "The gowk and the titlene sit on a tree, You're a gowk as weel as me." Titlene refers to a hedge sparrow (a bird).
In Cheshire, an April Fool is a 'April gawby' or 'gobby or gob'.
In Christow in Devon, pranks had to be played in the afternoon. The day there was known as ‘Tail-pipe Day', because it was a custom to pin an inscription ‘Please kick me' to the coat-tails of an unsupecting victim.
In the Orkney Isles, the pranks are transferred to 2nd April, which is known as ‘Tailing Day'.
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