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Just kidding! April Fools!
Kidding! – Шучу!
Every year on April 1, April Fools’ Day is celebrated in many countries around the world.
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In France, it’s called Poisson d’Avril or “Fish of April.” In Scotland, the holiday is often called “Gowkie Day.” In Iraq, the holiday is called Kithbet Neesan or “April Lie.”
History experts say people have celebrated April Fools’ Day for a long time. Some believe the tradition comes from the ancient Romans more than two thousand years ago. It was a day of playing games and pretending to be someone else.
Others say the day for fooling began in France in 1564, when King Charles changed the yearly calendar. He moved New Year’s Day from April 1 to January 1. Many people did not know about the change because of communication problems back then. Some people continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people called them April Fools and played jokes on them.
In the United States, April Fools’ Day is just a day of joking and playing tricks on friends. These kinds of jokes are also called pranks. These jokes typically end in the prankster shouting “April Fools’!”
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It did not take long for customers to catch on to the prank!
And sometimes, simple, more traditional April Fools’ pranks go viral on social media.
Last year, a class of college students in the U.S. state of Michigan played a prank on their professor. The professor had a classroom rule that, if a student’s phone rings during class, the student must answer it using the speakerphone. This means the whole class gets to listen to the conversation.
One student decided to teach the professor that his rule could be dangerous. She planned for a friend to call her, pretending to be someone from the Pregnancy Resource Center.
On speakerphone for the whole class to hear, the friend announced the news that the student’s recent pregnancy test was positive. The professor quickly got embarrassed and told the student she should turn off speakerphone.
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The student responded, “That’s okay. I’ve been expecting this. I already know what I’m going to name the baby. The first name will be April, and the middle name will be Fools!”
The professor, of course, quickly caught on to the joke, and was quickly relieved!
The social media-savvy students posted a video of the classroom prank on YouTube. One year later, the video has more than 38 million views.
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Do you have any ideas for April Fools’ Day pranks?
Have your friends played pranks on you before?
Tell us about one in the comments section!
pretend – verb (глагол). to act as if something is true when it is not true
prank – noun (имя существительное). a trick that is done to someone usually as a joke
prankster – n. a person who likes playing pranks.
get in on – phrasal verb (фразовый глагол). to become involved in
catch on – phrasal verb. to understand what is meant or how to do something.
viral – adjective (имя прилагательное) relating to or involving an image, video, piece of information, etc., that is spread rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another.