The Day of Fools

You might have heard about April fool’s day before, but it is an informal celebration where people fool each other for fun. In many countries this is very widespread day where people prepare fools for their friends and family several weeks ahead. The origin of the day is uncertain, but people believe it is related to the turn of seasons or the celebration of the new year (before today’s calendar was introduced).

During the years both kind and mean pranks have been performed. It is a special day for many nations and can trigger a lot of laughter. The day is celebrated differently in countries because of the different traditions. It has also been made many books and films about this day, and when I was younger I watched a TV program about April fools which I thought was very funny.

I have never been made fun of on April fool’s day and I don’t think many of my friends have either. In Norway the outcome of this day depends on what friends you have. If you have got friends who like to play games, you might get fooled on the 1th. April, but usually young people do not trick each other in Norway. I am not certain why, but I think people in Norway do not know as much about the holiday like many other people might do. Because we do not know so much about it, it does not mean as much to us either. I do, however think it is funny to read April fool’s on the internet or listen to stories of someone who has been fooled. I came over a very funny one the other day and I wanted to share it with you. It is called Sidd Finch:

The April 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated contained a story about a new rookie pitcher who planned to play for the Mets. His name was Sidd Finch, and he could reportedly throw a baseball at 168 mph with pinpoint accuracy. This was 65 mph faster than the previous record. Surprisingly, Sidd Finch had never even played the game before. Instead, he had mastered the “art of the pitch” in a Tibetan monastery under the guidance of the “great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa.” Mets fans celebrated their teams’ amazing luck at having found such a gifted player, and they flooded Sports Illustrated with requests for more information. In reality this legendary player only existed in the imagination of the author of the article, George Plimpton, who left a clue in the sub-heading of the article: “He’s a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd’s deciding about yoga —and his future in baseball.” The first letter of each of these words, taken together, spelled “H-a-p-p-y A-p-r-i-l F-o-o-l-s D-a-y — A-h F-i-b”. From: http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/aprilfool/

Have you ever been fooled or fooled anyone on April fool’s day?

– Stine

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5 thoughts on “The Day of Fools

  1. Yeah, every year. It’s quite a big deal in America. Everybody’s pranking left and right. My friend pulled the old, “you dropped your pocket” So i looked down, not hearing her clearly and got a light slap in the face. I told her id get her back later,but forgot to think of one. I ended up using her own trick against her. And it worked!

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