Don’t Be A Fool This Friday
This Friday, it's "April Fool's Day". Do you have plans to be an April Fool?A survey by Harris reveals that 18% of people have a family tradition of pranking one another on April Fool's Day. Other findings:
- 24% of people think "Kick Me" signs are funny
- 57% of adults have a lower appreciation for pranks now that they're older
- 41% of people think pranks are funny as long as they are not the target
- biggest April Fool's targets: 76% best friend ... 73% spouse/significant other ... 72% siblings
- 53% of people believe pranking parents is off limits
- 56% of people believe pranking young kids is off limits
- 64% of people believe pranking bosses and teachers is off limits
If you don't know the history of April Fool's Day, you're not alone.
It was popularized way back in 1700 when English pranksters started it by playing practical jokes on each other.
It is also called "All Fool's Day".
Some historians say the day may go back as far as 1582 when France switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
April Fools’ Day spread throughout the British Isle's during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (What the heck is a "gowk"? It's a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s behinds, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.