The origins of April Fools day are not clear. Some people say it began with the Roman festival of Hilaria held at the end of March. Others say it began in the 1500’s with the switch to the Gregorian calendar that reduced the year from 13 equal lunar months to 12, and moved the celebration of the new year from April 1 to January 1. Others point to beginnings in India and Iran. Some Biblical-based claims have even been made that it was Noah with the animals on his ark who began it all.
But really, it’s a wonderful day, isn’t it? when we can laugh at ourselves and each other for being either clever or naive.
My favourite April Fools’ story is still the BBC’s documentary on the failure of the spaghetti crop in Italy.
But I do rather like the story about the business student who replaced the filling in chocolate Oreo cookies with toothpaste and served them to a friend.