Fooling Around for a Long Time

A quick history of April Fools and pulling the perfect prank


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Cameran Martinez, Staff Writer

On April 1st, several nations celebrate April Fools’ Day, sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day. Although its beginnings are unknown, some historians suggest that this day can be traced to the Roman Empire, where the 25th of March was observed as Hilaria Day. The celebration, which featured practical jokes and pranks, was dedicated to the goddess Cybele.

Another hypothesis holds that April 1st got its start in France in the sixteenth century. The beginning of the year was changed from the end of March to January 1st by French King Charles IX in 1564. Those who kept celebrating the new year towards the end of March were referred to as fools and frequently the target of practical jokes.

Regardless of its origin, April Fools’ Day has become a popular holiday in many countries, with people playing practical jokes on each other. Here are some of the most common pranks that are played on April Fools’ Day:

One common prank is to make a fake phone call to someone, pretending to be someone else. This can be especially effective if you use a voice changer to disguise your voice. There are also many apps that have pre-recorded prank audios that you can call your friends with. Another common thing to do for April fools is to replace things with one another like putting toothpaste as the Oreo filling and giving it to your friend. Another prank some people do is caramelizing onions to look like candy apples. You can also saran wrap the door so when they try to enter, they might not see the saran wrap and run into it. Lastly, If you like scaring people, you can get fake bugs and with them, there are a lot of pranks you can pull, such as putting it in their food or you can throw it at them.

Overall, April Fools’ Day is a fun and lighthearted holiday that allows people to play pranks on each other. While some people may take things too far, it’s important to remember that the pranks should be harmless and not hurtful. So, go ahead and have some fun on April Fools’ Day, but be sure to keep it light and playful!