This is Stephanie of IMS.
Happy April Fools’ Day! Have you been pranked, yet? Although not an official holiday, April Fools’ Day is celebrated on April 1st in many parts of the world. Its origins are not known for sure, but The History Channel explains that it may have begun in France in the 1500s due to confusion over the switching of calendars. In ancient Rome, there was a holiday called Hilaria (do you recognize the similarity to the word “hilarious,” meaning “very funny”?). On Hilaria, which was celebrated at the end of March when Spring arrived, people would dress up in disguises.
The holiday gained popularity during the 1700s in Britain, and ever since then, it’s been a tradition for many to create pranks and hoaxes, for good or for worse. Google, for example, usually publishes a joke article each year about a new service feature they’ve introduced. One of my favorites, however, has to be when BBC released a video showing flying penguins.
I admit I’m fairly gullible – and I also forget about April Fools’ Day entirely – so unfortunately, I tend to be one of the “fools”. My favorite jokes are the ones that are ridiculous and a little bit surreal, but still obviously fake.
If only penguins could fly!