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April 8, 2016

Photo by Olivier Bacquet via Flickr

By Joshua J.

My fellow students, I am sorry to say that this will be the last issue of Otter Tales. So enjoy this last issue and put it in your collection, if you have one.

Ha! Just kidding – April Fool’s!

April Fool’s Day started a long time ago in France, when April 1 was the country’s New Year’s Day. In 1582, Pope Gregory changed the calendar from the Julian calendar (created by Julius Caesar) to the Gregorian calendar. Now, January 1 was the first day of the year instead of April 1.

Not everyone was happy about this. Some people decided to still follow the Julian calendar. Others called these people poisson d’Avril, which means “fish of April,” because a young fish is easy to catch. As a joke, people hooked paper fishes on the backs of people who still observed the old New Year’s Day. Today, April Fool’s is still used for pranking.

One of the biggest hoaxes in history was when Taco Bell said they purchased the Liberty Bell to help the national debt and that they had a new name for it…the Taco Liberty Bell! People were not happy and did not believe this was a good thing. Finally, Taco Bell said it was just a joke.

April 1 is very special for me because it’s my birthday, and no one can prank me!

Photo: Olivier Bacquet via Flickr / Creative Commons


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