Lance was thinking recently about the time he saw a BBC programme about spaghetti being harvested from spaghetti trees.
The spaghetti was hanging low so it was easy for ‘pickers’ to collect baskets full of the stuff. The programme was shown on 1 April many years ago to celebrate April Fool’s Day.
So what’s the meaning behind this popular day and how did it all start? For a long time now, 1 April has been a day to celebrate stupidity or foolishness. More specifically, it’s a day to make other people look stupid or foolish. As for its origins, that’s more complicated and there are no definitive explanations. Some theories date it back to Pope Gregory XIII in 1582, others even earlier. What the date does allow us to do is have fun, be creative, and even cheeky. There have been some very funny April Fool pranks such as; the Swiss Mountain Cleaners who preserved the beauty of the Alps by cleaning them in 2009, the British Weather Machine that could control the weather within a 5,000 km radius in 1981 and the Virgin cola cans that turned blue when the product was out of date.
Coincidentally, Pepsi unveiled their new, bright blue cans in 1996. The meaning of April Fool’s Day to make other people look foolish is quite ironic really when many of us find it very easy to look foolish without anyone’s help! After all, why is it only on 1 April that we really question the truth of everything we read?