April Fools’ Day – You Never Know What to Expect
By: Good2GoPublished: April 1, 2015
April Fools’ Day is considered one of the most cheerful, light-hearted days of the year. It has been celebrated by different cultures for centuries, but the true origin of the holiday remains a mystery.
Some historians say that April Fools’ Day can be traced back to Roman/Greco times with the ancient Roman festival, Hilaria, which was celebrated towards the end of March. The people of Rome would folic around the city with masks and disguises. Another explanation points to the changing of the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, which occurred in 1582 France. The Gregorian calendar changed New Year’s Day to January 1st from April 1st. The traditionalists, who weren’t in favor of the change, and others who just hadn’t heard about it, continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st. Over time these people became the butt of jokes, or hoaxes, being sent on “fool’s errands”. The tradition grew in popularity throughout Europe in the years to come.
In modern times, April 1st is a day to conceive of elaborate pranks and hoaxes, typically in good fun. It’s a day to makes friends and family believe the unbelievable. Everyone seems to want to participate in the act. From newspapers to websites, they all do their best to deceive their audience with elaborate and false claims.
There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute
Have you ever wondered where the phrase, “There’s a sucker born every minute”, comes from? Well that phrase comes from a hoax known as the Cardiff Giant, set up by New York cigar maker, George Hull, in 1869. He had a 10-foot “man” carved out of gypsum, aged, and buried at a farm in Cardiff, NY, where his friend arranged for workmen to discover it. People came from all over to get a glimpse of this giant. They were even willing to pay 25 cents to see it. When P. T. Barnum, an American businessman known for founding Barnum & Bailey Circus, caught wind of this phenomenon he offered to pay Hull $25,000 for the body. Frustrated by Hull’s refusal, Barnum created his own 10-foot man of wax and declared Hull’s was a phony. Barnum’s fake of a fake gained national publicity. In response to the people flocking to Barnum’s version, a Hull loyalist shouted, “There’s a sucker born every minute”. Truth be told, both were fake, making him and all the other believers suckers.
The 168 mph Fastball
Do any of you sports fans remember baseball pitcher Sidd Finch? If not, don’t worry, he’s not a real person, but rather a fictitious man who participated in the New York Mets’ 1985 spring training. According to a featured article in Sports Illustrated, Hayden “Sidd” Finch could throw a baseball at an incredible speed of 168 mph; virtually unhittable. The piece went on to say that he mastered his pitching skills using the teachings of a Tibetan monk. New York Mets’ fans were jumping with joy. The article, written by George Plimpton, was published in an April 1st issue (wink wink). It wasn’t until several weeks later that the hoax was uncovered. Sorry Mets’ fans, looks like you’re going to have to wait another few decades.
Don’t Fool Around with Auto Insurance
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