A playful joke that’s sure to get a laugh! Create a person or animal to pop out of a container and surprise your friends and family.
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April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Communication was slow back then and some people didn’t get the news that the New Year had moved to January 1. When they continued to celebrate during the last week of March through April 1, others started making jokes and hoaxes.
These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d’avril (April fish), said to symbolize a young, “easily hooked” fish and a gullible person. April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.
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Curriculum Connections: NC Standard Course of Study