Feeling a Bit Fool-ish Today? A Tidbit about April Fool’s…

 I thought you might enjoy this Tidbit I shared a few years back…

Thank you for joining me this morning!  Tidbit is defined as a morsel, snack, bite, treat, a small taste of something…a tiny little bit of information revealed…

**  Travel TidBitZ  for April 1st **

Feeling a Bit Fool-ish Today?

“Fool” is a noun (a simpleton, a dolt, a nincompoop), a verb (to trick, cheat, dupe) and an adjective (foolish, silly, goofy). Well, no one wants to be, do or appear foolish, but it certainly happens to the best of us, and not just on April Fool’s Day!

And, how did all of this foolishness start anyway?

Photo Credit: Museum of Hoaxes

Who knew? 20th Century French sent fish cards to their loved ones, as fish symbolized love and friendship.

Here’s one theory…April Fool’s Day has a long and involved history dating back to the middle ages and revolved around exactly when the first day of the calendar year  was actually celebrated. The Julian Calendar (established by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C.) made January 1 the first day of the year, but  several countries didn’t agree so by the middle ages the first day of the year was, well,  all over the calendar! Very confusing.

In the 16th century, the French decided to come on board and change their calendar from the end of March to January 1st as well. But those who refused to change had jokes and pranks played on them. A popular prank was to stick a paper fish to their backs (go figure!) – this prank, called Poisson d”Avril or April Fish, is still the French term for April Fools and, theoretically, a tradition was born.

Over the centuries the “tradition” of playing pranks and jokes has spread to many countries and are sometimes played on a mega-level. I can’t resist sharing one classic – the great 1957 Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax:

On April 1, 1957 the BBC broadcasted a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. The success of the crop was attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the “‘virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.’”

Yes, come people believed it: “Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, ‘place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.’”

Hey, you can’t fool meI  know spaghetti doesn’t grow on trees, but I would guess that we’ve all said or done some pretty foolish things in our day? C’mon, admit it – one of those oh-no, uh-oh, expletive-deleted moments when you’ve unwittingly said or done something inappropriate, made a major booboo?

And when we travel, it can be a virtual minefield of potential foolish faux pas (missteps)!  How to sidestep them, so they don’t blow up in your face? Here’s help!

 Watch Your Step! 10 Faux Pas that Can Trip You Up!

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Have you ever been fooled or committed a foolish faux pas? Care to share?

Sources:

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/archive/permalink/the_swiss_spaghetti_harvest

http://wilstar.com/holidays/aprilfool.htm

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