Monday, April 01, 2013

Happy April Fool's Day!

Be careful, friends! Don't get pranked or caught by any April Fool's Day jokesters!

The Scottish love April Fools' Day. In fact they love it so much, they celebrate it for two days. In Scotland they call it "hunting the gowk" (the cuckoo), and if you are tricked, you are an "April gowk." The second day, called "Taily Day," is devoted to pranks involving the back side of the body. The "butt" of these jokes may often have a "kick me" sign placed on their back.

Kids in France fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their backs. When the victim discovers the fish, the prankster yells "Poisson d'Avril!" (April Fish!)

In Portugal, April Fools' Day is actually celebrated on the Sunday and Monday before Lent. The big trick there? Throwing flour at your friend's face.

In Poland everyone takes part in April Fools' Day activities, including the media and sometimes public institutions. All serious activities are completely avoided for the day. A favorite joke? Pouring water on people.

In certain areas of Belgium, children lock out their parents or teachers and only let them in if they promise to give them sweets.

Depending on where you live in England, instead of a "fool" you could be called a "noodle," "noddy," "gobby" or "gob."

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