Quinte, On. real estate agent: April Fool's Day History

April Fool's Day History

I could just not resist re-blogging a blog post that has the line "spoofs involving the buttocks" in it. Thanks very much to Kristin Johnston, the real estate expert in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, for providing us with a history of April Fool's Day.

April Fool's Day History


The history of April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1.


Send invitations to nonexistent parties and have other practical jokes played upon them.
Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1.


These people were labeled "fools" by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on "fool errands," sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.


This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool's Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.


In Scotland, for instance, April Fool's Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are known as April 'Gowk', another name for cuckoo bird. The origins of the "Kick Me" sign can be traced back to the Scottish observance.


In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called 'gobs' or 'gobby' and the victim of a joke is called a 'noodle.' It was considered back luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon.


In Rome, the holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is also referred to as "Roman Laughing Day."


In Portugal, April Fool's Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends.


The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on one another and smear colors on one another celebrating the arrival of Spring.

So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don't be surprised if April fools fall playfully upon you.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsMalcolm Johnston • April 01 2012 07:19AM


Morning malcolm,  And a very Happy April Fools' Day to you !!!

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 7 years ago

Happy April Fools Day! Malcolm, thanks for the history lesson.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) about 7 years ago

Malcolm -  I received a call from a new client asking me to write an offer today---as I drove to the office to meet him I wondered if this might be an April Fool's joke.  I was delighted when I saw his car.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 7 years ago

Malcolm, thanks for the re-blog on April Fool's Day education! Bob's Portuguese, so I'm glad he doesn't follow tradition, otherwise I'd be full of flour on April Fool's Day! :)


Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) about 7 years ago

Malcolm - thanks for the history lesson, and the link to the Berkley study. It's pissing me off that the states are spending billions on a bad idea, that most of us know doesn't work. Lets find a way to stop it.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 7 years ago

Thanks for reblogging the post. I learned some new things from the post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 7 years ago