April 1 is celebrated as April Fools' Day around the world. The prank-filled day's history dates back to 1700, when people in England began playing pranks on one another, according to History.com.
Some think the day goes back even longer in history to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. People who continued to celebrate the start of the new year on April 1 became the subject of many jokes and pranks.
Some modern day pranks at home include putting salt in the sugar bowl, balancing a full cup of water over a door and resetting clocks in the house.
Public April Fools' Day hoaxes have taken place on April 1 around the world too. In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop. Viewers were fooled by film showing people harvesting noodles from trees.
Taco Bell and Burger King both promoted public April Fools' Day hoaxes too. Taco Bell announced its plan to purchase the Liberty Bell and rename it the Taco Liberty Bell in 1996. Two years later, Burger King advertised a "Left-Handed Whopper" which many customers ordered.
The entire month of April was declared National Humor Month by comedian and author Larry Wilde in 1976. Wilde offers a five-point program to help people of all ages use humor to reduce stress and increase joy, laughter and fun.
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