Good Question

Mar 27, 2013 11:48 PM by John Reger

GQ: How did the April Fool's Day tradition start?

We're only a few days away from April First when you have to watch out for tall tales and practical jokes. Our timely question is: How did the traditions of April Fool's Day get started? Good Question.

There's no clear cut answer. We do know many ancient cultures like the Romans and Hindus celebrated the New Year on April First near the start of spring.

In 1582, the Pope changed the calendar, moving New Year's Day to January First.

Many people ignored the new calendar or didn't know about it because word traveled so slowly and most people couldn't read. These backward people became targets of practical jokes where they were tricked into believing something that was untrue or were sent on what became known as "fool's errands."

So be prepared next Monday.

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