Nerding out with Emily: April Fool’s Day

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As you may or may not know, I am a huge history nerd. I even got a BA in History. So, from time to time you may have some good ol’ history thrown at ya. Not sure how often “Nerding Out with Emily” will happen, but it’ll happen. Get ready!

Today on “Nerding Out with Emily,” we are talking about April Fool’s Day…because it is April Fool’s Day. Crazy, huh?!

April Fool’s Day is either held in high regard by pranksters or comes upon some of us as an annoyance. But, how’d April Fool’s Day become a “day?” 

The origin of April Fool’s Day is largely debated. Here are a few popular theory’s of how April Fool’s Day got started.*

  • In the 1500s, France changed their calendar to line up with the Roman calendar. This meant that the New Year would be in January and not spring. So, you may ask, why does this have anything to do with April Fool’s. Well, it took awhile for all of France to be up to date on the “time,” so those who lived in the country did get word on the change very quickly. They were considered “April’s fools.”
  • April Fool’s stems out of the common pranks often found in European spring festivals of renewal during the Middle Ages.
  • It could also go back to Constantine’s rule around 300s A.D.. Apparently, a group of jesters convinced Constantine to let one of the “rule” the kingdom for the day. The jester who ruled as “king for the day” declared the day to be a day of “absurdity.”

What is the best April Fool’s Joke you ever pulled off? Or the best one pulled on you?


*Information from National Geographic.