Date: -04-01

By Kim F:

It's April fool's day, on the 1st of this glorious month. What does that mean to some? To some pransters they look forward to it all year, to see what they can pull over on someone! Myself, liking a good laugh, but also being a closetet dyke for so many years, likes shock value. Is this mean of me to see that look of shock on someone's face then say, "oh by the way, April fools!" But whether or not one likes April fools day, where did it come from, whatever started it all?

Here is a little bit of History for April Fools day! Taken from the website of http://wilstar.com/holidays:

Unlike most of the other nonfoolish holidays, the history of April Fool's Day, sometimes called All Fool's Day, is not totally clear. There really wasn't a "first April Fool's Day" that can be pinpointed on the calendar. Some believe it sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring.

The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582, in France. Prior to that year, the New Year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25. The celebration culminated on April 1. With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.

Sitting here writing this I'm trying to think of some of the pranks I've played over the years, but of course my old brain has alluded me today! I know of somethings I've done to a younger sibling or a nephew, or two, is making them believe just about anything. I can remember driving down the road in my brother's truck, and having the truck on cruise control and having my younger sister along, and just for the heck of it, too see how convincing I could be, I had her believing that there was a little man under the hood who was doing all the work, keeping the truck going the 100kms with the gas peddle held down.

My younger sister is now 23 years old with a little girl of her own, but I to this day don't know if I ever told her the difference. Wonder if she looks under her car hood for any little men? Again, remember at the beginning, I said I was out for shock value, rather than a good laugh. What I find funny, may not be as funny to the next person.

I guess that brings me to the point of what is too far on this day and what is old fashioned plain fun? Putting a kick me sign on a student in school, who is popular and not shy at all, is I would say funny and more than alright, but say that student is maybe not so popular and very shy, then it comes down to being downright mean. Remember ourselves in the closet at one time or another, and if when we were not ready somebody outted us, right there in the middle of our workplace or the local mall. It would be devasting. So, all I'm saying this April fool's day, Have a good laugh, but keep it safe and fun. Not out to hurt somebody's feelings or bring them into the lime light. So, think up a great prank that can get that co-worker rolling on the floor laughing, not looking to hide for the rest of the day! Happy April Fools Day everyone!