Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fool's Day

The history of April Fool's Day isn't clear, but it's thought to have started around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1. Because communication traveled slowly in those days some people were only informed of the change several years later. Others refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. These people were labeled "fools" and were subject to ridicule and sent on "fool errands," sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. 

Today people still play harmless pranks on April Fool's Day.  But now April Fool's Day is used as a marketing opportunity to launch new products.  Did you know Google Gmail was launched April 1, 2004?  At first it was thought to be a hoax but obviously ended up being true.  Double the exposure and publicity.  Smart stunt.

Today will unveil both hoaxes and truths.  Hopefully everyone will have good clean fun and no one will be affected by the Conficker.c virus.

Now I'm off to TP my kids bedrooms!

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