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March 26, 2020 Blog Post

Hope to Bring a Smile to Your Face!

In these trying and difficult times, I'm departing from my normal educational content.  We all need a break!

So here we go!

April 1 April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s day originates in the French change to the Gregorian calendar ordered by King Charles IX of France in 1582. Before that, New Year was celebrated from March 25 to April 1. It took some a while to realize the change, and those who forgot were called fools and then were run on “fools’ errands” and practical jokes were made.

The butts of these pranks became known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily caught.

In Portugal, April Fool's Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before Lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends.

It’s a day full of fun and silly jokes, hoaxes and practical jokes/gags. You can only do these pranks before noon though, or it’s considered bad luck.

Famous practical joke: Spaghetti trees: The BBC television program Panorama ran a famous hoax in 1957, showing the Swiss harvesting spaghetti from trees. A lot of people wanted trees of their own.


London Eye Facts

The London Eye is one of the most iconic aspects of the  British capital city’s landscape, but it was not London’s first large wheel. The London Eye was preceded by a 40-car Ferris wheel known as The Great Wheel, which was built for Earl Court’s Empire of India Exhibition and was on display from 1895 to 1906.

The London Eye was built in 1999 and was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world at that time at 135 meters tall. However, it has since been pushed back into fourth place by the Star of Nanchang at 158 meters, the Singapore Flyer at 165 meters, and the now tallest, the High Roller in Las Vegas, which stands at no less than 168 meters tall. It does, however, remain the tallest wheel in Europe.

The London Eye is the United Kingdom’s most popular paid tourist attraction, with over 3.75 million visitors flocking to the Eye every year. Ironically, the Eye was never supposed to be a permanent fixture, intended to stand for no more than five years, only to be granted a permanent license three years after construction in 2002.

An Inventive Smuggler

A cigarette smuggler in Denmark had a problem: He usually brought his illegal goods into the country by boat and unloaded them on the beach, which was generally cold and empty.

But one unseasonably bright, warm day (according to a story on theKnowablewebsite), his boat showed up to find a packed beach—men, women, and children everywhere enjoying the unexpectedly pleasant weather. How to get his goods off the boat?

The clever smuggler went to a production company and rented film equipment—cameras, a director’s chair, and everything else. Then he went back to the beach and announced he was shooting a movie about . . . cigarette smugglers. He recruited several young men to be extras in the film.

After the smuggler called out “Action!” the young menunloaded the illegal cigarettes from the boat and put them in a waiting truck. The “director” called, “Cut!” and the trucks drove

off as he thanked everyone for their assistance.

Flag Day

An American tourist in the Netherlands was chatting with a friend and asked about the meaning of the red, white, and blue stripes in the Dutch flag.

“Our flag symbolizes our taxes,” the friend joked. “We get red when we talk about them, white when we get our tax bill, and blue after we pay them.”

“That’s the same with us,” the American said. “Only we see stars, too.”

Hope you enjoyed a change of pace!


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