APRIL 1st IS APRIL FOOLS’ DAY IN CANADA
That means that until 12:00 noon, people play friendly practical jokes (also called tricks, pranks or hoaxes) on others. When they are ready for the listener to know it’s a joke, they say, “April Fools!”
An April Fools’ joke can be simple, or complicated. Typically, April Fools’ jokes revolve around getting someone to believe something that is not true. They are always light and fun, never hurtful.
Children, for example, love to wake up their parents early in the morning with false information. They might tell them (with great alarm) that the family pet has gone missing, or that an airplane has just crashed in the back yard.
NOT JUST FOR INDIVIDUALS
Over the years, businesses and media groups have planned some very elaborate April Fools’ hoaxes. I have included a couple of my favourites below.
SWISS MOUNTAIN CLEANERS
On April 1, 2009 the Swiss Tourism Board released this video with the secret of why their mountains look so clean.
SWISS SPAGHETTI HARVEST
On April 1, 1957 the BBC news broadcast the following report which many feel is still one of the best media hoaxes ever. At that time, pasta was not common in the U.K. so many believed the report.
WHAT COUNTRIES CELEBRATE APRIL FOOLS’ DAY?
April Fools’ Day (sometimes called April Fool’s Day or, in some countries, All Fools’ Day) is not a national holiday in any country, but it is well known in Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil and the United States.