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April 1 is April Fools Day, so get ready to plan some hilarious pranks on your friends and family!
Sometimes called All Fools' Day, the origins are disputed among many. Some say the holiday stems from Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, while in the Netherlands it is attributed to the Dutch victory at Brielle in 1572, where the Spanish Duke Álvarez de Toledo was defeated.
While we may never know the origin, it doesn't mean we can't all have some fun!
Newspapers, television, radio, and most recently social media, have all taken their turns participating in the fun of the holiday.
Here is a sample of some April Fools newspaper headlines from over the years:
- The Monster of Deadman's Hole (1888): The San Diego Union reported that two hunters had killed a bizarre, half-human half-animal beast in an out-of-the-way location called Deadman's Hole northwest of San Diego.
- Mummies Found in Berlin Underground (1923): A Berlin newspaper reported that a large find of mummies and Egyptian antiquities had been unearthed during the excavation of an extension of the city's underground railway.
- The British Weather Machine (1981): The Guardian reported that scientists at Britain's research labs in Pershore had "developed a machine to control the weather."
What funny pranks have you played in the past?
Here are some links if you're looking for help this year!