Truth is historians are not even sure where this day of pranks actually came from. However, every April 1st we find ourselves pondering what pranks and jokes we can play on people. I learned my lesson a long time ago that pranks with my grandma and grandpa “ARE NOT FUNNY.” “No Rachel it’s not a funny joke that you got hitched in Vegas last night.” Also, Ketchup doesn’t even look like real blood (I mean a friend told me) and they also said you end up smelling like tomato sauce, which just makes me want to go to Carbone and eat spicy rig.
- Theory 1- “The Canterbury Tale’s” “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale”, a story you probably read in high school, or used spark notes on. The tale is based on foolishness and the main characters are rooster and a fox. Yep, It’s a possibility we have a tradition to play jokes on others because of fictional animals. It is also set on March 32nd maybe proofreading just was not a major priority back then. That or, Geoffrey Chaucer decided to play a joke on us since 1932. If so, someone should call Ripley’s Believe it or Not because that might be the most epic joke of all time.
- Theory 2: 1564 – France changed its calendar to the modern Gregorian version. So they moved the New Year celebration from the last week of March to January 1st. In this story those who still celebrated the end of the year on April 1st were laughed at for looking idiotic. I mean it’s not like they went on Evite, or bought NYE party tickets where the date was CLEARLY displayed. I bet those folks all had the same New Year’s resolution – Get a new calendar this year.