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April 1, 2024

April Fool's Day

Elli Haddick

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Elli Haddick

It's April Fools' Day, a day dedicated to unleashing your inner prankster and having some good-natured fun. I promise this blog is not a trick. But it also has absolutely nothing to do with marketing and everything to do with April Fools! 

Because I hate pranks like seriously never prank me 🙃  but I do love learning about where these wacky traditions come from. So where does this silly holiday come from?

The origins of April Fools are a bit hazy, lost to the mists of time. Some theories link it to ancient Roman festivals like Hilaria, a time for merriment and frivolity.  Others point to medieval Europe, where people supposedly celebrated a "new year" on April 1st after the calendar shifted. Those who clung to the old ways became known as "April Fools."

How fitting nobody truly knows where or how April Fools' Day come from but we celebrate anyways. I hope you have some laughs and don’t get fooled by social media posts about outrageous things! 

I will leave you with some tips for crafting the perfect April Fools' Day prank:

  • Know your audience: Tailor your prank to the person you're targeting. Not everything is funny to all.
  • Keep it lighthearted: The goal is to make people smile, not cause stress or offense. Avoid anything that could be hurtful or damaging.
  • Embrace the classics: Who can resist a bowl of cereal filled with M&Ms, or a coworker's computer mouse turned upside down?
  • Be cautious with digital pranks: Remember not everyone one understand digital pranks online and definitely stay away from certain topics.
  • Always end with "April Fools!" Don't leave your victim hanging. Let them know it was all in good fun.

Remember, the key is to have fun and spread some laughter. So, dust off your thinking cap, unleash your inner prankster, and get ready to celebrate April Fools' Day!