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16 interesting facts about april fools’ day

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  1. April Fools’ Day, also known as All Fools’ Day, is celebrated on April 1st every year.
  2. The origins of April Fools’ Day are unclear, but some historians trace it back to ancient Roman festivals such as Hilaria and Saturnalia.
  3. In France, April Fools’ Day is called “Poisson d’Avril” (April Fish) and people traditionally stick paper fish onto each other’s backs as a prank.
  4. In Scotland, April Fools’ Day is celebrated over two days, with pranks and jokes played on April 1st and 2nd.
  5. In Iran, April Fools’ Day is celebrated on the 13th day of the Persian new year, which falls in late March or early April.
  6. In the United States, the media often plays elaborate pranks on April Fools’ Day. For example, in 1957, the BBC reported that spaghetti was growing on trees in Switzerland.
  7. In 1996, Taco Bell announced that it had bought the Liberty Bell and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell. Many people believed the prank and were outraged.
  8. In 2015, Google launched a prank called “Google Maps Pac-Man,” which allowed users to play the classic game on real-life maps.
  9. The town of Gotham, Nottinghamshire, England, is believed to be the origin of the term “gotham” meaning a foolish person or a trickster.
  10. In Poland, April Fools’ Day is called “Prima Aprilis” and it’s traditional to tell outrageous lies to friends and family.
  11. In some countries, such as Brazil, April Fools’ Day is celebrated on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.
  12. In the Netherlands, April Fools’ Day is called “1 april kikker in je bil” which translates to “April 1st, frog in your butt.”
  13. In Italy, April Fools’ Day is called “Pesce d’Aprile,” which means April Fish, and people often attach paper fish to each other’s backs.
  14. In Japan, April Fools’ Day is called “April Fish Day,” and people often play pranks on each other with fish-related themes.
  15. In Russia, April Fools’ Day is called “День дураков” (Day of Fools) and people play pranks and practical jokes on each other.
  16. The first recorded association between April 1st and foolishness is found in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” written in 1392.
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