Happy April Fools’ Day From The B-Town Blog! Have A Laugh On Us…
by Scott Schaefer
Today is April 1, 2011, which means that it’s one of our favorite days of the year: April Fools’ Day, as well as the birthday of our childhood hero J.P. Patches’ – Happy B-Day J.P. and HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY everyone!
The origins of this day of tomfoolery aren’t entirely clear, according to Wikipedia, which adds:
Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day where everyone plays all kinds of jokes and foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good humoured or funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc.
Traditionally, in some countries such as New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, Australia, and South Africa, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an “April Fool”.
Elsewhere, such as in France, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of the January 1 as New Year’s Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.
In 1509, a French poet referred to a poisson d’avril (April fool, literally “April fish”), a possible reference to the holiday. In 1539, Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of a nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on the 1st of April. In 1686, John Aubrey referred to the holiday as “Fooles holy day”, the first British reference. On 1st April, 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to “see the Lions washed”. The name “April Fools” echoes that of the Feast of Fools, a Medieval holiday held on the 28th December.
So, with that said, we encourage all of our Readers to read each story carefully today before totally freaking out and calling the city.
Some news may be real, some may be jokes – can you tell which is which?
We hope everyone finds their inner Alfred E. Newman today, and that we don’t offend too many people with our own silliness. Just remember that the Publisher/Editor of this here publication got his start at KING-TV’s Almost Live! then spent several years working on other TV comedy shows, including Fox’s The Late Show and Totally Hidden Video, Paramount’s The Arsenio Hall Show, ABC’s America’s Funniest People, Disney/PBS’ Bill Nye the Science Guy and many others…