April fish: what is it and what are its origins? The first day of April is famous for being the day when the most pranksters have fun playing jokes on friends and departures. Some jokes indeed they were so hard to forget that they have now gone down in history. But what is the origin of this recurrence? And what are the most famous jokes? Let’s find out together.
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April fish: the origins of the anniversary
The origins of the famous “April Fool” are not certain. However, several hypotheses have been put forward over time. Among the most accredited theories, here are 3:
- The first theory links the origin of April Fool’s Day to the period prior to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar. In 1582, in Europe the New Year was celebrated between March 25 and April 1. On this occasion it was customary to exchange gift packages. With the reform of Pope Gregory XIII, the New Year was moved to January 1st. From that moment the tradition of delivering empty gift packages was born on April 1stas a joke for the now ancient holiday.
- The second theory it is one of the oldest and concerns the blessed Bertrando di San Genesio. It is said that the patriarch of Aquileia miraculously freed a pope’s throat from a herringbone. To thank him, the pontiff decided that fish were not eaten in Aquileia on April 1st.
- The third hypothesis it refers to an event that concerned fishermen of the past. In fact, it happened that these, during the first days of April, did not find fish on the seabed, thus arousing the hilarity of the villagers.
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April fish: 5 jokes that made history
Many are the jokes that have become famous during this day. Here are 5 that have made history:
- In Italy the Tg2 in 2004 announced, complete with images, the discovery of oil on Mars.
- April 1st 1957 the BBC announced that Switzerland had had an abundant spaghetti harvest thanks to the eradication of the spaghetti awl.
- In 2013 Google announced the cancellation of YouTube.
- In 2008, the BBC also announced that some researchers engaged in an expedition had discovered flying penguins.
- The April 1, 1972 the astronomer Patrick Moore announced that at 9:47 the planet Pluto would align with Jupiter even affecting the Earth’s gravity.
We at Informa Press have also … taken the bait!
We too at Informa Press have “taken the bait” to a famous “April Fool”. In fact, on April 1, 2021, the news was launched that Emma Watson was pregnant. But of course it was a joke! This was confirmed by the Instagram page “eateseseirimastoconharry”.