It’s April 1st, which means April Fools’ Day is here. Start playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes right now. Maybe get a juicy celebrity rumor trending on Twitter, I don’t know. Have fun with it.
For those of you that are curious, the first ever recorded association between April 1 and tomfoolery came in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (1392). That’s a few centuries worth of shenanigans. In Chaucer’s famous tale, the vain Chauntecleer is tricked by a fox.
Another fun fact: one possible precursor to April Fools’ Day may have been the Roman festival of Hilaria. I can understand why the Romans had such a good sense of humor. Since a mere scratch or diarrhea spelled certain doom back then, people really needed a laugh.
Over the years, April Fools’ Day has become a contemporary tradition. Nowadays, many media outlets will publish fake and humorous stories on April 1 in order to trick readers (don’t believe anything you see on the Internet today, folks). For example: In 2016, online soccer news channel Goal.com “reported” that FC Barcelona winger Lionel Messi had signed a €500 million deal with rival Real Madrid for five years. The author of the article: Lirpa Loof, or April Fool spelled backwards.
Though April Fools’ Day has been widely popular since the 19th century, it is not a public holiday in any country (understandable).
But, in honor of the day of mischief, we’ve put together a gallery of the most hilarious memes and photos for you to enjoy. Read it while you pretend to be productive at work.