According to Wikipedia (which I claim [always have] is a perfectly adequate source for much basic information, if not always for truly “scholarly,” stuff): “April Fools' Day or April Fool's Day is an annual custom on 1 April consisting of practical jokes and hoaxes. Jokesters often expose their actions by shouting ‘April Fools!’ at the recipient.” The article goes on to point out that the origins of this tradition are unclear, but widespread, with similar behavior in most European countries. It also suggests that there is a possible connection to the medieval “Feast of Fools,” but that is (apparently) far from certain. It seems pretty likely that it is European-based, although it has spread to some places in the Middle East, etc.
Of course, it’s quite conceivable that the spread of the idea COULD have been through colonial influences. But, in the long run, who cares? The point is to have fun by pointing out the silliness which affects all of us on occasion and accept that it’s a part of being human to be a bit crazy now and then. I like it and I’m going to celebrate it. If you can’t or don’t choose to recognize this obvious (to me, at least) fact of human nature, don’t bother to continue. And, I’m sorry for you!
So, here’s a few examples of the sort of stupidity silliness which I have run across in the not very distant past in various places online. I chose them, not so I can call you an “April Fool,” but because they remind me that there’s a bit of a fool in all of us.
As I’ve said before, I am a frequent patron of the local Y because my medical insurance pays for my membership and it’s less than a mile (about 5-7 minutes) from our house. They’ve never asked me to do a survey about how I heard about them, but, when I saw this online, I got quite a chuckle.
Perhaps it’s because I am aware of the fact that I’m an “old guy” now, but I enjoyed this “Dustin” cartoon even though I take some small offense at the idea that what may be perfectly obvious to the guy who built something, may not be to someone who just wants to use it. I also dislike the assumption that not being a preteen makes one incapable of logic, critical thinking, or the ability to “figure things out.”
I suppose that I should admit that what are often called “instructions” are a pet peeve of mine. All too often, they seem to either assume I’m too stupid to be anything but a source of money for the manufacturer or that I have the intelligence of a vegetable and so it doesn’t matter if they provide useful information, or not, as I’ll never figure it out, anyway. Needless to say, that does NOT make me happy. Here’s some examples:
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic; capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” ―Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows