If you think you know everything there is to know about pranks and hoaxes, the joke just may be on you. Take this quiz to learn why the merrymaking day came to be, how it's celebrated in different places and some of the best pranks of all time.
You'd be surprised how many people excitedly yell "April's Fool!" upon completion of a prank.
And we'll see why calendar confusion could make one a fool …
Supposedly, those who didn't follow the new Gregorian calendar were made fun of for celebrating the new year in April, per the Julian calendar.
Although the French had a legal new year during Easter, most people always celebrated the new year on Jan. 1.
<i>Bonne Poisson d'Avril, tout le monde!</i>
Happy April Fish Day, everyone!
Although fish being smelly seems like a good enough reason to make them a symbol for gullible folks.
Still doesn't quite explain why it's related to pranks.
They pin a paper fish to your clothes. Good one.
The professor said his dad started the holiday. Remember to double check all statements when you're talking to a professor who studies the history of American humor.
They wore costumes. The spring celebration marked the resurrection of Attis, a companion of the important Cybele.
Hunt the gowk (or cuckoo bird) day, that is.
Callers ask for Mr. Albert Ross and Miss Ann Tellope, apparently.
The government was probably unamused by The Irish Times' prank but not as panicked as the citizens.
The joke was complete with film of farmers pulling noodles from trees.
His joke that the U.S. had lifted sanctions wasn't that funny.
A Flemish writer talked about a April Fools' joke in 1561.
People throw colored powder. There's a lot of dancing and partying, too.
George Plimpton wrote a magnificent piece in Sports Illustrated about an imaginary baseball pitcher.
The Liberty Taco Bell would've been delicious.
By dropping burning tires, kerosene and smoke bombs onto Mount Edgecumbe, a Sitka, Alaska, resident caused a bit of panic among residents.
All the condiments on the left-handed Whopper, Burger King claimed, were shifted 180 degrees for southpaws.
The joke in 2000 involved asking users to simply think about what they wanted to search for.
Of course I didn't say, "hmm, maybe I should get hard copies of my emails" when I initially saw that obvious joke.
There were no lions. And there weren't for the (literally) hundreds of years the prank continued.
The article claimed Alabama was changing the value of pi. It was critical of the way evolution is debated.
Since 1986 a prankster has written up press releases about a parade that doesn't happen.
Many commenters were outraged by the contents of the article … that they clearly hadn't read.
OK, it came within 143,000 miles (230,000 kilometers). A near miss by the standards of the cosmos.
FDR made it a national holiday. April Fools'!