If you were fooled by Tuesday’s new Million Point Memory game, don’t feel bad – I was too. Our mischievous IT team rushed in to tell me they had come up with a new game - and I must try it out immediately!
After thinking my brain must have turned into a sponge, because I couldn’t find a single matching pair, up came the sign “April Fool!” Of course – why didn’t I remember the date? They well and truly got me!
April Fool’s Day has tricked a lot of people over its long history. It seems to have started in the 16th century, when the Gregorian calendar was introduced. Suddenly, New Year’s Day was moved from 1st April to 1st January, but those who were slow to change were labelled ‘April fools’.
In England it was once called All Fools Day, and many countries have their own version. In Rome, it’s a holiday known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrated on March 25 and referred to as Roman Laughing Day. In India, the Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 when people play jokes on one another while celebrating the arrival of Spring. In France, Poisson d’Avril means April Fish. I’d love to hear what happened to you today!
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