April Fools' Day gags, tricks date back hundreds of years -- no joke!

April Fools’ Day 2019 Bizarre Yet Funny Facts and Messages About April 1st to Send on Whats App to Blow Your Friends’ Mind

April Fools’ Day 2019 Bizarre Yet Funny Facts and Messages About April 1st to Send on Whats App to Blow Your Friends’ Mind

Celebrated across the world on April 1 each year, we are all on our toes, expecting the worst on April Fool's Day.

In fact, Penneys just pulled off a pretty hilarious April Fools' Day prank, and we laughed out loud.

It seems that in the late 1500s, the western world followed the Julian calendar - when the year starts from April 1 and ends by March 31.

People started making fun of those who didn't make the move, playing pranks on those "fools" who were on the old calendar. It can be translated as the April Fish.

Other explanations associate the origin with the vernal equinox, or the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, saying it commemorates Mother Nature fooling people with unpredictable weather.

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Today is a holiday of silly pranks, but Microsoft won't be taking part. Similar limits also exist in Nordic countries such as Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, where media outlets traditionally post only a single false news story.

April Fool's Day 2019: The classic self-deprecating joke! Gowk was another word for a fool in those days.

In France, the day is referred to as "Poisson d'Avril.' French kids tape a paper fish to their friends" backs, and when the person who is being pranked discovers this, their friend yells "Poisson d'Avril".

Another theory traces the origin of April Fools' Day to the time of Noah, who was said to have mistakenly sent a dove out to find dry land after the flood subsided on April 1. In the centuries since the tradition's conception, pranks have escalated to a global scale, spurred by the growing reach of new media. BBC once tricked the whole nation into believing, that spaghetti grows on trees in Switzerland.

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