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April Fools' Day!

Since it is April Fools' Day, a quick history of the holiday is in order.

Some scholars tracing origins back to Ancient Rome with the festival of Hilaria, a word meaning 'happy' or 'cheerful' in Latin. The first recorded instance of an 'April Fools' Day' was in the 1392 in The Canterbury Tales. Specifically, it is in the 'Nun's Priest's Tale' where the proud cock  Chauntecleer was fooled by a clever fox. Although this dating of April 1st in the Canterbury Tales turned out to be a mistranslation, the association stuck.

Another notable example of April Fools' Day occurred in 1698 where people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to see some lions get bathed.

 

One of the most famous and controversial hoaxes occurred in 1957 where the BBC ran a special on 'Spaghetti Trees'...which is exactly what it sounds like. Hundreds of gullible viewers called into the station to ask how they could cultivate their own Spaghetti Trees. The advice was to, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

 

Happy April Fools' Day everyone, and we wish you a good spaghetti growing season!

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