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History of April Fools Day: Tips and Pointers to Make 2012 the Best Year Yet

Professor pranks class using motion technology

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April Fools Day or All Fools Day is a day to pull pranks on your friends, family, and co-workers. How did it start? We are not sure. According to the following YouTube video popular theories claim that the holiday originated from France in 1582 during the reformation of the calendar. Before France adopted the Gregorian calendar they celebrated New year’s for eight days (March 25th-April 1st) and when they switched calendar systems the final day changed from April 1st to January 1st. Due to the lack of technology many people didn’t hear about the change until years later and continued to celebrate the new year in April while other people decided not to celebrate the holiday altogether.

The lapse in information prompted people who celebrated the day according to the Gregorian calendar to make fun of those who were out of sync. This evolved into a tradition of pulling pranks on the first of April and spread to other countries.

This is a trick one Math Professor executed on April Fools Day.

The shadow was created by mixing live action with video.

Last year Google celebrated April Fools Day by creating a bogus job posting that was visible in the search tab.

These videos offer some pointers for aspiring pranksters:

Hopefully the best pranks are yet to come, but check out how we rated last year’s internet pranks.

History of April Fools Day: Tips and Pointers to Make 2012 the Best Year Yet


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