Why Do We Have April Fool’s Day?

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It’s a little strange that every April first we go around playing pranks on each other as if it were the most normal thing in the world…

So why do we have an April Fool’s Day, anyway?

We’re not sure, exactly, but the prevailing theory seems to be that it has to do with the new year.

During the Middle Ages, the new year was kind of up in the air. In the mid-1500s, most Western European countries adopted January 1st as the start of the new year, but some people still went by the old way.

In France, New Year’s Week went on until April 1st, and people who continued to celebrate the old custom were made fun of as fools.

We’re just continuing that proud tradition, even though we have no clue why we’re doing it.
https://twitter.com/TheLesser_Known/status/451093984060768257

I couldn’t resist.

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