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The history behind the origin of April Fools Day, also called All Fool’s Day remains to this day a mystery. All stories involve some sort of a practical joke, that amuses and sometimes even offends, the audience.
Stay with us to learn all about the first pranks ever! And also the new pranks that fill the internet and the mass media, to entertain us during this special day.
The First Prank ever!
First on our list is the thought-to-be-original celebration of April Fools Day in France of 1582. The then Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar to replace the old one. In this calendar, the New Year’s Day was on January 1st.
The story tells that many did not accepted this change, or did not hear about it, and continued celebrating the New Year on April 1st.
After this event, people made fun of them, and they even sent some of these “traditionalists” on “fool’s errands”, creating the traditions we know of today. Many assume that this was the moment when the practices of pranking the innocent and naive spread to all Europe, becoming a annual tradition in many countries and regions.
The prank of Constantine
However, there are some other explanations for the origin of this iconic day, second on our list, by a professor of history at Boston University.
He stated that is was during the reign of Constantine that the practice began, when court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they were better to rule than the king himself. This appeared to amuse Constantine, who allowed a jester named Kugel to sit on the throne and rule for a day. With this opportunity at hand the jester passed an edict declaring absurdity on that day which became a yearly event ever since.
An article on this story was published by many newspapers in 1983, but it was only weeks later that the Associated Press realized that it was all made up by the professor, and that they had became April fools themselves.
Pranks in the Mass Media
Apart from the older tales, the presence of mass media intervention that eludes the audience to believe lies became popularized.
The first big media trick, and third on our listing, was when The New York Sun printed an article. The article said that it was discovered life on the moon. This was the Great Moon Hoax and caused the “moon-fever” in the United States at the time.
As for television, one of the earlier “tricks” of April Fools, and our number four, happened in 1957, when BBC reported that in Switzerland farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop, going to the extent of showing footage of people harvesting noodles from trees. Needless to say, numerous viewers were fooled.
Google’s April Fools
Number five and six are pranks of the most important name of the online world, the Google company. This american-based enterprise is known for their yearly taunts on viewers. The pranks even create an opportunity for product promotion!
For example, on April 1, 2008, Youtube linked featured videos on all their international homepages, to the music video of Rick Astley and his song “Never Gonna Give You Up”, which caused the “Rickrolled” effect.
Another promotion of their product through a jokingly tone, and a double prank,was with the announcement of Gmail, in 2004, with an unprecedented and unbelievable free 1 GB space.
The prankster of Taco Bell
At number seven is the Taco Bell prank. In 1996, they announced the purchase of Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and the name change to Taco Liberty Bell. This caused great revolt on the consumers of the fast-food restaurant chain, and many called the chains headquarters.
PornHub fooled you!
Another known prankster within the internet community is the website PornHub. At number eight, in 2018, PornHub changed its name to HornHub and switched the pornography videos into videos of women blowing horns.
As for fans of football, our number nine should sound interesting. At the annual Yale-Harvard football game, students of Yale University dressed up as Harvard supporters. They then started distributing placards to their rival’s fans. When it was the right time, the Harvard fans with the placards lifted them to see the spelling “We Suck”.
April fools Hoax at the bridge
Lastly on our list, at number ten, we move to an international event! A Portuguese news channel published a fake video. This video told their audience that giant spiders had appeared in the 25 of April Bridge! The video and news spread all over the news, becoming the topic of conversations for weeks.
So, did you know any of these pranks? And if so, where you fooled by any of them? Continue reading our weekly VocApp blog for more interesting lists and topics. Follow VocApp on Instagram and like us on Facebook!