So what’s the history of April Fool’s Day? Well, no one is 100% sure but some experts believe it came from a calendar change in 16th century France in which New Year’s Day was moved from April 1st to January 1st. Folks not aware of the change were referred to as “April Fools” and mocked.
Alright, so now that you know that let’s get on with the fun stuff!
1. On April Fools Day in 1996, Taco Bell Corp. ran a full-page ad in several major newspapers claiming they purchased the Liberty Bell and will be renaming it the “Taco Liberty Bell.”
2. On April Fools Day in 2008, the BBC ran a video clip of flying penguins as part of a story for its series “Miracles of Evolution”.
3. The French call April 1st “Poisson d’Avril,” or “April Fish.” French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates and wait for it to be discovered.
4. 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 by pulling a nylon stocking over the screen.
5. April Fools’ may also be tied to the ancient Roman Festival of Hilaria – also know as Roman Laughing Day – when citizens would celebrate the vernal equinox and honor the Anatolian Earth Goddess with a day of jokes.
6. In Scotland, an April fool is called an April “gowk”.