Were You an April Fish?
Were You an April Fish? By Barbara Yesterday Many kids Pope and Lloyd Howey was funday! at school played jokes on iheir jri^nds. Some werje told their shoes were untied, therjr slips were showing, or their faces dirty. Did you ever wonder how such a practice lever got started? Its origin j goes back many hundreds hundreds of years ago. April fooling became customary in France after the adoption of the reformed calendar by Charles IX in 1564. He had changed the beginning beginning of the year from April 1 to January 1. . It had been common for people to make new year's gifts and exchange! exchange! calls on April 1, and a few. were reluctant to change. As a result, result, wags sent mock gifts to these people and made calls for pretended pretended .reasons. Nowadays, the person fooled in France is called an April fish — perhaps because April fish are easily easily 'caught. During the 18th cantury. the idea spread to England' and Scotland, and finally ti;a early settlors brought it to America. So if |Some little joker played a trick on. you yesterday, we hope you laughed: ; Although the practice has slowly died oia, it is stiii fun for youngsters. youngsters.