No one really knows where April Fool’s Day came from. Some think it was from Roman times, but there is only speculation about why this should be. Personally, I like this story best, even though it is made up by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. “He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.” (from April Fools’ Day: Origin and History on infoplease)

It is now a time for practical jokes, but likely its origin was a bit more serious. In olden times, it was a jester’s job to use humor to keep things in perspective, and to call the leader on poor decisions. It was actually a dangerous job as anyone who stands up to a king is not likely to have a long life. In many ways, jesters were doing the same job as prophets in Jewish history, speaking for the common folks against the rulers.

I’m not going to play any pranks, but no fooling, here are some quotes on April Fool’s day and foolishness in general.


April Fools Day is the one day of the year that people critically evaluate news articles before accepting them as true.–Rudro Chakrabarti

April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.–Mark Twain

The first of April, some do say
Is set apart for All Fool’s 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

I’m not denyin’ the women are foolish; God Almighty made ’em to match the men.–George Eliot

It’s better to be thought of as a fool and to surprise people once in a while than to be thought of as a brain and to let people down when they need you the most.–Julie Melanson

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment.–Horace

We’re fools whether we dance of not, so we might as well dance.–Japanese proverb

The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.–Will Rogers

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.–Roald Dahl

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