April Fools’ Day

Many celebrated April Fools’ Day on April 1. It is a day when many people around the globe play pranks and have fun fooling their friends. Why do people celebrate this day? Well, nobody knows for sure. However, one popular belief takes us back about 435 years, when the Catholic countries of Europe started following the Gregorian calendar, the calendar which most of us around the world follow today. It was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Before this, these Catholic countries followed the Julian calendar. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted, the start of the New Year was moved from April 1 to January 1. However, some people continued to celebrate the start of the New Year on April 1. They were considered foolish and people played pranks on them.

This year, many companies played pranks. “Google Wind” will change the direction of the windmills in the Netherlands so that the clouds can be moved around to control rain in the country. People can take the new language course from Duolingo called Emoji. Burger King is introducing a “Whopper toothpaste” so that you can keep the taste of the sandwich in your mouth all day long.

Amazon has a new product for pets called Petlexa. It enables your dogs, cats, and hamsters to communicate with Alexa. Nestle is offering a new coffee flavored Coffee-mate. Petco is offering a new drone service called “DooDoo Drone” that will fly by and pick up your pet’s poop. Honda is now offering “Horn Emojis” in its 2018 Honda Odyssey van. There is a unique horn sound for the various emojis so that you can communicate your sentiments more effectively.

Here are 4 videos with some of the pranks. Hope you had fun tricking somebody or being tricked!

Did you know?

A famous April Fool’s joke was played on the British television in 1957. A news story was presented about spaghetti growing on trees.
Image Credits: Lavinia Fontana for the image of Pope Gregory XIII, Duolingo for the emoji course image, Nestle for the image of the new coffeemate 
Sources: Google, Honda, Amazon, http://www.cnbc.com, techcrunch, duolingo.com, http://www.slate.com, http://www.cnn.com, http://www.history.com