Did you know that April Fools’ Day dates back to the 16th century? Who would have thought it was that old?
The tomfoolery began in medieval Europe when Pope Gregory XIII replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorian calendar in 1582 changing the first day of the new year to January 1st. Until the change, the new year had been celebrated on April 1st.
Seems way back then many people were late hearing that a new calendar had been put into use. As a result, those people were mocked and tricks were played on them as they celebrated the new year on April 1st as they’d always done.
The Museum of Hoaxes archives the history of April Fools’ Day. Take a look at their site and read about pranks, jokes, and hoaxes by category, region, year or century.
Do you have a favorite prank?