What do the words prankster, practical
joke, and fool have in common? They are all associated with
April Fool's Day.
April Fool's Day is observed in several
countries each year on April 1st. Practical jokes or tricks
are played on people, usually before noon. These small jokes
are meant to be harmless, resulting in laughter, especially
from the person upon whom the joke is played.
For example, a common trick is to point
down at a friend's shoe and say that his or her shoelace is
undone. Afterward, the prankster says, "April Fool." A joke
was once played by a British television company when it
televised a documentary show about "spaghetti farmers"
growing "spaghetti trees."
People have followed April Fool's Day
customs in different countries for several centuries. How
these customs originated is unclear. However, this tradition
probably began in 1582, in France. Before 1582, the new year
was celebrated from March 25 to April 1st.
A new calendar, the Gregorian Calendar,
was introduced, which changed the new year to January 1st.
People who continued to celebrate on April 1st because of
ignorance or refusal to change were called fools and had
practical jokes played on them.
Fool around - waste time foolishly
Foolery - a foolish action Foolhardy - foolishly bold
Fool hen - a game bird such as the partridge that is
indifferent to danger
Foolproof - so simple that even a fool can do it
Fool's cap - a cap worn by the fool or jester of a king
Fool's errand - a foolish or useless undertaking
Fool's gold - a mineral that looks like gold
Fool's paradise - happiness that is based on false hopes
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