Were you pranked this April Fools’?
April Fools’ Day is an informal holiday celebrated every year on April 1st. Popular since medieval times, the day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is widely recognized throughout European cultures and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other, both the jokes and their victims being known as “April fools”. Hoax stories are often presented by the press and other media on this day. Precursors of April Fools’ Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria, held March 25, and the Medieval Feast of Fools, held December 28, still a day on which pranks are played in Spanish-speaking countries.
Some famous pranks
Over the years people have found real clever ways to confuse the masses for April Fools‘ Day. In 1980 the BBC said that the Big Ben was going to be switched to a Digital Clock. Also Burger King announced in american newspapers that they had come up with the “left handed Wopper”. Another good prank was in 2007, images of an 8-inch mummified creature resembling a fairy were posted on the website of the Lebanon Circle Magik Co. The site explained how the creature had been found by a man walking his dog along an old Roman road in rural Derbyshire. By April 1 the Lebanon Circle website had received tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of emails.
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