Foolish Delights: The Evolution of April Fools’ Day

pd car next to reflective lake with ufo over the lake

UFO Sighting by the Mount Shasta PD

From UFO sightings in Mount Shasta to Sasquatch sightings in the Klamath National Forest, today is the day to take everything served up with a grain, or two, of salt.  April Fools’ Day has a rich history dating back centuries. Its origins are somewhat murky, and likely a blend of various cultural traditions and historical events.

One popular theory traces the roots of April Fools’ Day back to the 16th century in France. In 1582, France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as decreed by the Council of Trent. This change moved the start of the new year from the end of March to January 1st. However, communication in those days was not instantaneous, and many rural communities continued to celebrate the new year during the last week of March through April 1st. Those who adopted the new calendar and celebrated on January 1st began to mock these traditionalists, playing pranks on them and labeling them as “April fools.”
bigfoot sasquatch in boom

Inflation has driven Sasquatch to seek a second job. He was spotted with the boom crew in the Klamath National Forest.

Another theory suggests that April Fools’ Day has roots in ancient Roman festivals, such as Hilaria, which celebrated the vernal equinox with games, masquerades, and general merriment. Over time, these festivities may have evolved into the light-hearted prank-filled day we recognize today.

Regardless of its precise origins, April Fools’ Day has become a global phenomenon, celebrated with jokes, hoaxes, and practical pranks across cultures and continents. From the media announcing outrageous stories to individuals playing tricks on friends and family, April 1st is a day of good-natured fun and laughter.
As we find ourselves skeptical of everything on this April Fools’ Day, it’s worth remembering the spirit of the occasion – to share joy and laughter with those around us. The Mad River Union shared some unbelievable news about lime-flavored blood donations, and more, that got us in the spirit this morning, so we thought we’d ask, what’s your best April Fools’ joke? Share your favorite pranks or memories in the comments below, and let’s keep the tradition alive with a good laugh!
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John
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John
3 months ago

I’d be quicker to dismiss the flying saucer around Mt. Shasta thing than I would the Bigfoot in the Klamath National Forest thing, even though I do not dismiss out of hand the possibility of either.

tru matters
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tru matters
3 months ago

Not an April Fools joke but the Borat guy has to be the top prankster of all time.

Got to throw the Yes Men in there also.

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Kicking Bull
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Kicking Bull
3 months ago

Yes. Aries is new year, spring is new life.
Plenty of fooling going on already…

Ian Sigman
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Ian Sigman
3 months ago

One year, the kids had a school field trip planned on April 1st. I was able to enlist the secretary to post in the weekly newsletter a “reminder” about the “new law” going into effect on the 1st., requiring helmets be worn on the school bus. If anyone had missed the new law, there would be especially dorky bulbus helmets available (photo provided in the newsletter)on loan if the kid’s family didn’t bring one. Apparently I made at least one kid cry!

Heidi
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Heidi
3 months ago

April fools morning my Mom made pancakes, with a knife and fork I was cutting those pancakes and cutting those pancakes and could not slice out a bite……she had baked a piece of cloth into the middle of the pancake.