I bet you some marketing reps lost their job that day.
Those who forgot about the change and celebrated the new year on the wrong day were called April fools and presumably laughed at by their more well-informed friends. This same prank was resurrected in 1856 when newspaper reports told people that the "lions of the Tower of London" would be washed on April 1 at the White Gate in the Tower.
The tale is set on "March 32", which could be a playful way of referring to April 1, thus marking a day to make someone feel like a nitwit.
Despite its popularity globally, however, the stories surrounding the origin of April Fools' Day vary.
The leading theory is that back in the 1500s, Pope Gregory XIII switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian version, which changed the first day of the year from April 1 to January 1. Books, films, telemovies and television episodes have used April Fool's Day as their title or inspiration.
On the other hand, some believe that it was the result of a desire to celebrate the turning of the season at springtime, the end of grey winter days to bright, sunny longer ones. Even news magazines join these celebration by publishing a hoax and will be revealed the next day.
But why dedicate an entire holiday to tricking people?
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So much so that newspapers, radio and TV stations, websites and worldwide companies too participate by reporting outrageous fictional claims - many times succeeding in fooling their audiences. The presenter explains that the penguins escaped the cold, harsh Antarctic weather by flying to the tropical rainforests of South America.
In another instance, Google announced in 2011 the new Gmail Motion, which would allow its users to control Gmail with their bodies. The first day of April is considered to the one dedicated to fooling around, playing pranks and tickling your amusing bones.
The jokes, hoaxes and hearty laughs allow everyone to take a much-needed break from the gloom of everyday routines.
The day of playing tricks is not only popular in the United States.
Memorable Pranks: Early 1950s - The BBC runs a "news" item about the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland. To this the BBC replied: "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best".
Let's move to our next section of Funny April Fool Images & April 1 animated pictures which can be shared on social networking sites, with friends and relatives too.