Informative Speech: April Fools Day Essay

806 Words Feb 22nd, 2013 4 Pages
Rebecca Patenaude
Professor Iverson
28 January 2013 The History of April Fools Day I. Most of us know April 1st as a lighthearted day where it is acceptable to play silly jokes and try to fool your friends, but few know what April Fools Day is really about and why such an usual holiday is celebrated around the world. A. The exact origin is still a mystery, but the earliest known explanation took place in France over 400 years ago. 1. It is also unknown how this holiday spread to other countries. 2. It is interesting to see how different cultures celebrate it. B. Today I’m going to share with you the background of this crazy holiday, explain the cultural differences in the way the day is
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D. Scotland calls it “Taily Day” 5. Refer to their jokes as “april gowk” which is another name for the cuckoo bird. 6. The original “kick me” sign came from the Scottish (April Fool's 150). E. In England, pranks only played in the morning 7. Its bad luck to play a joke on anyone after noon. 8. If a trick is played on you, you are called a “noodle” rather than a fool (April Fool's 150). F. In Rome, it is referred to as the Festival of Hilaria, also known as Roman Laughing Day and falls on March 25th (April Fool's 150). G. In Portugal, it falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent and the traditional trick is to throw flour at your friends (April Fool's 150). IV. There is a rich history of great pranks across the world. H. One of the greatest world known pranks in history happened in 1957 when a British news program, BBC news, featured respected newscaster Richard Dimbleby giving a report about a spaghetti harvest in Switzerland 9. He stated that the mild winter resulted in an exceptionally heavy spaghetti crop. 10. Many viewers were so intrigued by the footage of farmers reaping noodles from trees, viewers called the station to ask where they could find their own spaghetti trees. 11. BBC news replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best” (April Fool's 151). I. In 1996 the Taco Bell Corporation announced that it had

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