April Fools’ Day is celebrated with harmless practical jokes, pranks and spreading hoaxes. It was one of my favorite holiday has a child. I went to a French elementary school. April Fools in French is “Poisson d’avril”, which literally translated means April’s fish. We used to make fish out of colorful cardboard in class and stick them in our friends’ back. The goal was to stick has many without the person noticing.
Nowadays even newspapers participate by publishing false news on April 1st to make people react. There is usually some kind of clue in the text that points to April Fools jokes. I don’t remember this happening when I was younger. Always doubt anything you see or hear on this day.
One year, a bunch of friends tag me on a news post announcing that there was going to be a season 2 of Firefly. As much as that would be amazing, it will never happen. It was clearly an April Fools prank on the fan.
April Fools can be traced back to Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales published in 1392. A book, I studied in University while I was studying English Literature. I quite enjoyed Chaucer’s writing. In the “Nun’s Priest Tale”, a fox tricks a vain cock Chaunteclair on March 32nd, which is now April 1st. It’s the earliest reference to pranks on April 1st.
Some typical jokes or pranks pulled on April 1st are:
- Putting a piece of scotch tape under someone’s computer mouse so it stops working.
- Removing all the keys from the keyboard and placing them back in the wrong order.
- Flipping the screen view sideways.
- Placing an embarrassing picture as someone’s lock screen image.
Google usually pulls some interesting pranks on April 1st. I especially liked last year, when they did a “Where’s Waldo” on Google Maps. That was fun! I wonder what they have in store for us this year.
Does it show that I work in tech?