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4-1-2004 - 5:08 p.m.

April Fool!

Why are people so tired on April 1?

Because they just finished a 31 day March

Once upon a time, way back in the 16th century, the first of the year was celebrated on April 1st. That makes sense, since it's Spring time and Spring is a new beginning, right?

But when Pope Gregory the 13th introduced a new calendar ( The Gregorian, of course)in 1562, for some reason he changed the beginning of the new year to January 1, when we already had enough of the holiday season, if you ask me....

...which Greg didn't.

Of course there was no CNN or e-mail back then, so word of the change traveled thru the world slowly and people continued to have Rose parades and play college football on April First.

These backwards folk were the first April Fools.

Mark Twain, who called the elusive cherimoya 'deliciousness itself' also once said "The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year."

"The first of April, some do say, Is set apart for All Fools' Day. But why the people call it so, Nor I, nor they themselves do know. But on this day are people sent On purpose for pure merriment."

~Poor Robin's Almanac (1790)~

And don't forget International Blog Comment Week: it ain't no joke.



Go Back
Previously in Justinland: Our Last Five Entries

Wagons Ho! - 4-23-2004

This Old Barn - 4-17-2004

Death and Taxes - 4-15-2004

MMQB:Leftover Peeps - 4-12-2004

The Alamo; The Movie not the Shrine - 4-10-2004

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