April 1st-April Fool’s Day!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

What better day to celebrate at the start of our month-long fest of April’s special days?

How about beginning your day with a little historical background and ideas for jokes with. . .

April Fool’s Fun by Mary Hirsch

Did you know that in olden days in France, New Year’s Week was always the week before April 1st and included 7 days of New Year fun and festivities? According to Hirsch, when the King of France changed the date to January 1st as New Year’s Day, not everyone liked–or remembered–the change, so they continued to celebrate the week of April 1st.  And they were known as “April Fools” for thinking it was New Year’s Day.  This tidbit of information begins the book–and Mary Hirsch goes on to recommend jokes and tricks, with the reminder that “April Fool’s Day will be twice as much fun if you laugh not only at others, but at yourself.”

Armed with this information, you can avoid pitfalls at school by reading. . .

April Fool’s Day:  Watch Out at School by Diane deGroat

Gilbert and his friends are set to celebrate April Fool’s Day.  But poor Gilbert!  Every trick he tries fizzles and flops, while he falls for the pranks of  his friends, and his arch enemy, the bully Lewis.  But in the end, Gilbert’s clever April Fool’s Day trick is a “Gotcha” for Lewis–and surprises the reader as well!  Lots of visual tricks in the cartoonish illustrations make this a perfect book to share.  And if you like Gilbert and his friends, there are a dozen other books in the series! (And that’s no joke!)

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The Top 100 April  Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time

These are hilarious!  We love the story about “The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest” reported in the BBC news.  But our favorite has to be the “instant color TV” hoax from Sweden in 1962: At the time, “there was only one TV channel in Sweden, and it broadcast in black and white. The station’s technical expert, Kjell Stensson, appeared on the news to announce that, thanks to a new technology, viewers could convert their existing sets to display color reception. All they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over TV screen. Stensson proceeded to demonstrate the process. Thousands of people were taken in. Regular color broadcasts only commenced in Sweden on April 1, 1970. ”  We won’t spoil the fun by reporting more–but enjoy the other 98 stories!

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Searching for some words of wisdom–or sayings–about April Fool’s Day?  Look no further:

Quotations for April Fool’s Day

Whether your tastes run to Mark Twain–or Jack Handy, you’ll find some priceless quotes here. Enjoy!

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