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SOME FACTS AND HISTORY ABOUT APRIL FOOLS DAY

This holiday has come about through a culmination of smaller holidays celebrated by various cultures throughout history. One of the most popular theories as to its modern celebration originated in France.  April 1st was the first day of the new year throughout French history.  In 1562 Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar with January 1st as the beginning of the new year. Due to poor communication methods, and other reasons, many French did not hear about this change, and continued to celebrate April 1st as the beginning of the new year.  These celebrators began to be called "April Fools."  Pranks and other jokes began to be played on these people as well.  This tradition carried over to the new world and has become a custom to play pranks on family and friends. [Just be sure you use good judgment.  Someone once sued a "friend" for pulling out a chair from under them when they were about to sit down -- they sued the "friend" and won.]

WEBSITES AND ARTICLES ABOUT APRIL FOOLS DAY

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April Fools Day Facts & History

Annie's April Fools Day Page (Annies Home Page): A non-commercial website devoted to April Fools day.

CNN.com (official): A news story from CNN entitled New York Prankster Makes April Fools of the Media.

HowStuffWorks.com (official): Answer to a question on the origin of April Fools Day.

April Fools Day (Wilstar.com): Information and links on April Fools Day.

For some free shareware to provide fun and pranks, go to TheFreeSite.com. 

Traditionally gifts are not exchanged during this holiday.  However, if the situation is right, a gag gift might be appropriate.  Just make sure that it will not hurt the person or property.  It is also a good idea to make sure that the recipient of this gift will appreciate it.  Lastly, make sure that is you can take a joke yourself, because if you are willing to dish it out, some other prankster might try the same on you.
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