The Origin – and Automobiles – of April Fools’ Day

Image courtesy: dumpaday.com

Image courtesy: dumpaday.com

Have you found yourself the butt of a certain kind of joke today?  Maybe someone swapped out your hand sanitizer for Super Glue, put Mentos in your soda or rendered your computer mouse ineffective by taping a slip of paper underneath.  It must be April Fool’s Day!

While the exact origin is unknown Discovery.com says April Fools’ Day most likely derived from a calendar change. In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII mandated that Christian Europe switch from the Julian calendar which started on April 1st to the namesake Gregorian calendar which started January 1st.  Those people who either didn’t know about or boycotted the switch were apparently referred to as “fools” and harassed for celebrating the “new year” months after everyone else.  Ever since then a handful of European nations and the US have “celebrated” the first day of April with a variety of hijinks.

Image courtesy:  nbclosangeles.com

Image courtesy: nbclosangeles.com

While Googling “April Fools pranks” this morning I was surprised to see how many jokes have involved vehicles by either rendering them immobile or adding unusual “decoration”.  Some of the most thorough involved repeatedly wrapping clear cling wrap or tin foil around said vehicle, or covering every square inch with colorful Post-It Notes.

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Image courtesy: prankked.com

Have you or your vehicle been the target of an April Fool’s Day prank?  If so, we want to hear about it!  You can either comment below or send us an email at
customersfirst@ butlerman.com.  In the meantime, follow the link below to read up on some of the greatest April Fools’ pranks of all time!  Happy April Fools’ Day!

Museum of Hoaxes – Top 100 April Fools’ Day Hoaxes

 

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