Have you ever wondered why April Fool’ Day is even a thing or why it got its own day??
Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.
Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.
These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d’avril (April fish), said to symbolize a young, “easily hooked” fish and a gullible person.
April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.” ~ www.history.com
READ MORE: April Fools! 9 Outrageous Pranks in History
We’ve been doing a little research and some much needed reading during this tragic pandemic that’s “no April Fools’ Joke”! It is hard to believe that this is our reality at this time.
Here are a few blogs, info, ideas and websites that could come in handy in the next few weeks and perhaps month. (Let’s all hope not!)
- 100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic – www.usatoday.com
- Eight things to do while you are in quarantine or self-isolation:
Go outside and walk a lot.
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- How To Avoid Germs When Grocery Shopping: https://www.rd.com/culture/how-to-avoid-germs-when-grocery-shopping/
- 10 Things Keeping Us Busy Today That You Should Try Too – https://www.buzzfeed.com/benedictleung/things-to-do-quarantined-at-home
1. Complete a puzzle: The more pieces the better! Feeling extra saucy? Take on a Rubik’s Cube. More of a word person? Crossword puzzle!
2. Start a journal or blog. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese.
3. If it won’t bother your neighbors: Dust off that old instrument and practice.
4. Text all your exes just in case you have one more thing you wanted to get off your chest.
5. Write poetry. Perhaps you can craft a haiku for Mother’s Day, or something without a specific structure. Just try it!
6. Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now.
7. Download Duolingo, or a similar app, and teach yourself a foreign language.
8. Finally read “Infinite Jest,” “Les Miserables” or even “The Stand.” Go all in and read “Ulysses.” You got this.
9. Meditate. Try lying down with your eyes closed, palms up and while focusing on your breath. Or spend 20 minutes sitting crosslegged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head. (The latter is more like transcendental meditation.)
10. Face masks, moisturizer, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine you don’t have time for during a normal work week.
- Are your kids at home and incredibly bored right about now? Then take a look at this list of “TO DO IDEAS” put together by Monica Housewright (www.housewrightfence.com – co partner) after she surveyed moms and mom groups all over the DFW areas. https://www.housewrightfence.com/100-ideas