We Celebrate April Fools On Wrong Day Says Historian

WP_20160307_12_21_31_Pro 1

We’ve all been had by the date of April Fool’s Day, according to a leading British historian who claims that we should be playing our practical jokes on the 1st of May, not the 1st of April.

“When the modern April Fool’s Day was revived in the mid eighteenth century after hundreds of years of neglect a mistranslation from medieval Danish placed it on the first day of April,” said Professor Ian Gruffold, head of linguistic history at the University of Norfolk. “The original Alle Fules Dae was in fact observed on the first day after the end of April, or the ‘lyrst’ of April, which was mistranslated as the ‘fyrst’ of April.”

The Venerable Bede makes mention of a day of trickery that takes place on the first day of May.

“A novicce monk was sent to a nereby monastery and told to aske for a voluminous wayte”, wrote the 7th century historian. “He was kep’t for many long howrs in patient expectashun but did nevr receive the objecd, much to the mirth of all els involv’d.”

The Domesday book records that the original observance of All Fools Day was banned during the construction of Durham cathedral by King Henry the 4th as too many young labourers on the project were being diverted to local merchants in search of tins of striped paint.

All Fools Day pranks were revived in the 1750s and mistakenly ascribed to the first day of April by London mayor Dick Whittington. Boswell relates in his biography of Samuel Johnson an incident where an apprentice baker was sent to the London menagerie to deliver two dozen buns to a Mr Camelopard.

Peter Green
http://www.twitter.com/Greeny_Peter

In Sydney? Come and see our live show The (un) Australian: Live and Libellous on May 3 at the Sydney Comedy Festival. Book tickets here.

You can follow The (un)Australian on twitter or like us on facebook.



Categories: Social Media

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: