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April 02, 2004


Apparently April Fools' Day originated in France when, on adopting the Gregorian calendar in 1564, many people still insisted on celebrating the start of the new year in April. These traditionalists were mocked and sent on Fool's errands. This is according to Infoplease.

There were a number of fine hoaxes yesterday. The best being reports that Brian Eno had rerecorded the beloved Archers' theme tune for Radio 4. Link

I also enjoyed the BMW ads promoting SHEF® technology that enables drivers to prepare dinner remotely. Very silly indeed. Link

And finally, as the custom was only adopted in the British Isles during the 18th century I doubt Samuel Pepys knew of it (though his wife was French, so who knows?) but in his diary entry for 31 March 1661 he begins 'At church, where a stranger preached like a fool.' Pepys Diary.

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