Beware of Pranksters: Today is April Fool's Day

Where does April Fools' Day come from

The reason is that it's April Fools' Day, which is marked globally as the day of pranks.

Let's just say it now - there won't be any April Fools content from us tomorrow.

In 1996 Taco Bell took out a full-page ad telling people they had purchased, from the City of Philadelphia, the original Liberty Bell and that it was to be known from April 1 onward as "The Taco Liberty Bell".

According to the religious teachings, celebrating April Fools' Day is forbidden as the day is based on dishonest traditions, lies and mocking which cause big harms most of the times.

When the new year was moved to January 1 in 1582, there were some people who hadn't heard or didn't believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1.

Read on for some more fun and interesting April Fools' Day facts.




April Fools' Day celebrated.

People who didn't catch on to the new calendar quickly enough fell victim to ridicule, and became known as "poisson d'avril" or April Fish - someone who was gullible and easily caught.

Though the day is popular among youngsters, who trick each other over the telephone or by sms just for fun, many disapprove of its celebration.

The BBC was inundated with calls from people who wanted to know how to harvest spaghetti. To this the BBC replied: "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best". In Scotland they call it "hunting the gowk" (the cuckoo), and if you are tricked, you are an "April gowk". A team of zoologists from Yorkshire's Flamingo Park Zoo had come across it while working at the Loch. Instead, it was a large bull elephant seal from the South Atlantic. When police tentatively and apprehensively approached the odd craft a small figure dressed in a silver suit emerged.

April 1, 2009: The Swiss Tourism Board released a video that revealed the secret of why their mountains look so clean.

1985 - Sports Illustrated runs a 14-page story by George Plimpton about a Mets pitching phenom named Sidd Finch. It was due to the hard work of the Association of Swiss Mountain Cleaners, whose members daily scaled the Alps, scrubbing the rocks of unsightly bird droppings. Some newspapers, magazines, and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in small letters.

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