REBLOG: A History of Fools

I have two reasons to reblog this. First, my spouse doesn’t know that’s a thing, so you know, a little education for the retiree. Second, when I prank all y’all on Friday with this oldie but goodie:

https://kallmaker.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/stipends-for-lesbian-fiction-writers-well-never-have-to-work-again/

and you fall for it for even two seconds, that’s on you. Just sayin’.

The Page Turns

The origin of April Fools’ Day is kind of like April Fools’ pranks themselves. If you read through the history, it’s hard to tell truth from fiction. The celebrated tradition of pranking might have started as part of a festival to praise the humble OR it might have been a way to ridicule a captured enemy before his execution or – no, wait – it was because some people got confused about when to celebrate the new year.

It might have started in France. Or maybe England. Or Rome. For certain. Maybe. It’s kind of hard to say…

12mrtAccording to Infoplease, one convincing explanation was provided by Joseph Boskin, a Professor of History at Boston University. He linked the practice to the Roman emperor Constantine, when a group of court jesters told Constantine that they didn’t get enough respect and could do a better job ruling the land. The emperor…

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