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Facts About April Fools You Dont Know (Full Details)

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On this day, three-hundred and twenty-one years ago, influential British jokesters began popularising the yearly celebration of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on one another.

 

Although this day, additionally known as All Fools’ Day, has been commemorated for countless centuries by a multitude of cultures in varying locations, its precise origin is actually unknown.

 

Nonetheless, an exciting exploration throughout the annals of history has uncovered some amazing and nteresting facts about the hallowed holiday of hijinks and hilarity.

 

Prior to the 1500s, the Western world utilized a calendar system implemented by Julius Caesar with New Year’s Day being noted as March 25.

 

Consequently, festivals celebrating the start of the New Year were postponed until the first day of April since March 25th fell during a week of sacred, religious celebrations.

 

As a result, secularized events involving libations and other elements not suited for Roman Catholic observances weren’t held until April 1st.

 

Beginning in the 1500s, the Western World adopted the Gregorian calendar and moved the New Year to January 1st.

 

According to the most widely-believed origin stories postulated for April Fools’ Day, those who could be tricked into believing April 1 was still the proper day to celebrate the New Year earned were jovially referred to as “April fools.”

 

To this end, French peasants would unexpectedly visit neighbors on April 1st solely to fool them into believing they were receiving a New Year’s call. Out of that one prank grew the tradition of testing the patience of one’s family and friends.

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CELEBRATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

 

Italy, Belgium, France, and Quebec often refer to April Fools’ Day as April Fish. Part of this custom is to attach a paper fish to someone’s back as a joke, without being noticed. This is referred to as ‘Poisson d’Avril’.

 

BRITISH INFLUENCE

April Fools’ Day spread throughout the powerful British Empire throughout the 18th Century. It is important to note that the British Empire colonized portions of the Americas, Africa, and India during this time-period. Naturally, the celebration of April Fools’ Day spread globally as a result of this British influence. Moreover, the UK’s Scottish citizens implemented a two-day celebration of April 1st, beginning with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s rear ends, such as the pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.

 

NOTABLE PRANKS

 

On April Fools’ Day, 1976, the British Broadcasting Channel (BBC) convinced many listeners that a special alignment of the planets would temporarily decrease gravity on Earth. Phone lines were flooded with callers who claimed they felt the effects.

 

In 2008, BBC again telecasted news saying penguins in Antarctica started flying. It’s not just that! It stated that those penguins had flown to South America’s tropical rainforests. Dear BBC, we love your sense of humor!

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Ojogwu Godwin Chukwudi hailed from Delta State. A young talented personality, Alumnus of Delta State university,Abraka Studied Library and information science. He is an intellectual cyber communicator expert and a prolific blogger professional.

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MONDAY HEALTH TALK : Reasons you should deworm every three months

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Deworming is the process of expelling intestinal worms or parasitic worms from the body. It is medicated process to kill worms.

 

Common symptoms of intestinal worms are

•blood in stool

•weight loss

•fatigue

• frequent urinating

•rash on the buttocks

•nausa or vomiting etc

 

Prevention method include

•people should always wash their hand before and after using the toilet

• Always wash your hand before eating any meal

• always wash your hand before cooking

• cook meat before eating

•always wear slippers in your bathroom or toilet

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MONDAY HEALTH TALK : The dangers of missing breakfast

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Before you dash out of the house every morning not eating breakfast there are some things you should know about the first meal of the day. You must have hear people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yes they are not far from the truth.

These are some harmful effects of missing breakfast

• leads to weight gain

• can trigger hair loss

• can cause Migraine

• increase the risk of cancer

• slows metabolism.

• higher risk of type 2 diabetes

So before you skip breakfast everyone morning make sure to know you are exposing yourself to these risks.

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President Jonathan has given the reason for the backwardness of Nigeria ( Details)

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President Jonathan speaking in the Palace of the Emir of Bauchi has said that the tradition of favoritism in leadership positions among families, friends, acquaintances rathr than ability and capability to deliver is responsible for Nigeria’s backwardness.

He said the tradition in Nigeria is that before one can be appointed to an office or given a responsibility, he must know someone at the top echelon in the country, regretting that the development has taken the nation backwards.

 

The former president was reacting to the introductory comments made by the Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed who said the president never met him before he made him FCT minister.

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