April Fools’ Day keeps everyone on their toes. No one can believe anything they see or hear.
The tradition itself has some cloudy origins. Some say the day of hoaxes began in France in 1582. Others say it stems from a European spring tradition where people disguised themselves as practical jokes.
Around the world, the day has different names. In France, those who are fooled are called “poisson d’avril” (April fish), and it’s common for pranksters to pin a cardboard fish onto a person’s back. In Scotland, April 1 is called “Gowkie Day,” named after the gowk or cuckoo bird that represents the fool and the cuckold.
In Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries, April Fools’ Day is celebrated on Dec. 28. Known as the Day of the Holy Innocents, the day commemorates the biblical story where King Herod, upon hearing of Christ's birth, ordered that every child under the age of 2 in Bethlehem be killed to secure his thrown. While Christ and his family were warned and escaped the slaughter, other children died. Spanish and Latin American countries make light of the sad story by pulling pranks and reciting a poem after someone has been fooled.
For those looking to partake in the pranks, below are 15 quotes to share on April Fools’ Day:
“The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.” – George Orwell
“Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It's good to be silly at the right moment.” – Horace
“Even the gods love jokes.” – Plato
“The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.” -- Will Rogers
“I have great faith in fools - self-confidence, my friends call it.” -- Edgar Allan Poe
“Suppose the world were only one of God's jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?” George Bernard Shaw
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” -- Chinese Proverb
"The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes."-- Sir Winston Churchill
"Fools build houses, and wise men buy them.” -- English Proverb
"A mother takes 20 years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in 20 minutes.” --Robert Frost
"Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it." --Benjamin Franklin
"When in doubt, make a fool of yourself." --Cynthia Heimel
"The haste of a fool is the slowest thing in the world." --Thomas Shadwell
“It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.” --Max Eastman
“Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.”-- Charles Lamb