What you don’t know about April fools’ day
Posted by René volpi to “Tales from The Amazon” by René Volpi
The first recorded April Fools’ Day prank was pulled in 1627 by a madcap Irishman named Edmund O’Neely. The founding prankster’s brother, Timothy, had been down on his luck, so O’Neely decided to cheer him up with some old-fashioned springtime shenanigans.
He coaxed Timothy to go on a carriage ride in the countryside and asked his brother if he wouldn’t mind driving since Edmund’s carpal tunnel-addled wrist was acting up. Timmy grabbed the reins, urged the horses to giddy up and was promptly catapulted off his seat because wily Edmund had unhitched the horses from the buggy.
Delighted, Edmund shouted out, “Cheerio, April fool!” Once Timothy recovered from his stunning fall, both men belly-laughed until their sides ached and told the tale thereafter at all family gatherings.
Just kidding. April Fools’!
The true origin of April Fools’ Day probably has something to with either the change from the Gregorian to the Julian calendar in the 16th century or ancient Roman festivals celebrating the end of winter. For the annual day reserved for sneakiness and skulduggery, its shaky history is fitting. So in the spirit of April Fools’ Day, here are 10 false rumors and gags for your pranking pleasure.
Artificial Ink Prank
Flashing new ink at work can effectively grab co-workers’ attention.
Nothing grabs people’s attention like an enormous — and fake –tattoo. If you happen to work in a business-casual environment, the effect is even better. Just make sure to apply it somewhere where it will be seen, like your forearms or upper chest.
Pay attention to size and quality. To go for a big fool, find the gaudiest fake ink you can. If you have a specific image in mind, Web sites offer custom fake tattoos and fake tattoo printer paper to make your own. Some costume shops carry nylon tattoo “sleeves” you can slip on if you don’t want to endure an entire day with the Hell’s Angels emblem plastered on your jugular.
Spread the Rumor: They’re Building a Freezer in the Arctic!
The Arctic Preservation Dome will save polar bear habitats.
Do photographs of polar bears floating on tiny blocks of meltedglaciers break your heart into tiny pieces? Worry no more — scientists have figured out a way to stop the Arctic from melting until efforts to halt global warming begin to take effect. A group of international scholars has outlined plans to construct a dome-shaped freezer spanning 500 acres to protect arctic wildlife. It will be funded jointly by the United States, European Union and China.
The encasement will be built from insulated Plexiglas, and solar-powered refrigeration units will maintain icy-cold conditions inside. The tentatively named Arctic Preservation Dome will also house field researchers who will study the effects of the artificial habitat on flora and fauna.
Now spread the rumor.
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