April Fools’ Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated by many people around the world on April 1st. It’s a day where people play all kinds of tricks on friends and family.Another name for April Fools’ Day is All Fools’ Day.
In some countries, you have until noon to play your jokes. If you play a trick on someone after midday, you are the April Fool. In other countries, April Fool’s Day lasts the whole day. On this day, you never know what or who to believe. Even newspapers and television stations play April Fool’s jokes on their readers and viewers. Sometimes people actually think the real news is an April Fool’s joke.
Some of the most famous April Fool’s jokes are quite amazing. In 1957 the BBC showed a documentary of people in Switzerland cutting spaghetti from spaghetti trees. Lots of people contacted the BBC asking how they could grow their own spaghetti trees! Another good one was the “left-handed burger” advertised by Burger King on April 1st, 1998. Many customers asked the Burger King staff for the traditional right-handed burger. Other classic jokes include the BBC’s 1965 news of “Smell-o-vision” and Google’s 2008 invitation for people to apply to be astronauts to live on the website’s new base on Mars. If you believe that, you’ll believe anything!
Jane Austen published Pride and Prejudice 200 years ago. No one could have known at the time that two centuries later the novel would still occupy a solid place in popular culture, and be a confirmed money-spinner for publishers.
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