Is April Fools day canceled because of COVID-19? A lot of people are in support of cancelling April Fools Day because, frankly, this whole year is a joke and the punchline is reality itself! With an abundance of worry and uncertainty, there’s little room for humor. To be fair...
We’re not correcting anyone saying, ‘ain't shit funny!’ anytime soon. So, should you hold off on your masterful prank that you’ve been planning since before coronavirus?
If your prank is to dupe someone into believing that they somehow committed tax fraud, or that their car window has been smashed, yeah, you probs shouldn’t pull it! If you’re a luxury brand mockingly introducing a new unaffordable item, maybe think twice! When things are back to normal and we’re not all trying to dawn happy faces just to make it through another day of quarantine- let it rip! For now, we’re taking a different approach altogether. But first, let's take a look at the history of April Fools Day. Oh, you already know? Could have fooled me...
The origins of April Fools Day are unknown. No Joke, no kidding around, not a hoax. So how did April Fools Day trick its way into existence? Here’s three widely debated theories:
The Gregorian Calendar Theory
The Council of Trent dictated that France would switch to the Gregorian calendar from the Julian calendar in 1582. The Julian calendar celebrates the new year around the spring equinox, April 1st (ish), while of course the Gregorian calendar celebrates it January 1st. Those that didn’t get the memo were dubbed fools and often had a paper fish tapped to their back to indicate what an idiot they were.
The Vernal Equinox Theory
Vernal is just a fancy word for spring. This theory states that April fools day was brought about because springtime weather just can’t make up its damn mind! Between March and May, a 70 degree day requires a jacket, you fool!
The St. Patricks Theory
St. Patrick died on 3/17/1631. As a country mourned, many people got drunk. Really drunk. For a really long time! As in drank for two weeks straight without sobering up. These fine specimens of positive coping skills became known as April’s fools. In a drunken stupor, the April Fools were easily manipulated and made the butt of all the towns jokes.
Regardless of where the tradition started, it caught on. People have been pranking loved ones for hundreds of years! Social proof that it is funny to see people freak out? Probably. A good prank creates a bond between the prankster and the audience as they both revel in the subject's shooketh reaction. This bond is so strong that corporations have taken notice. Over the years some of your favorite brands have pulled unbelievable stunts that surly made you L.O.L. Let’s take a look at a few:
This luxurious car brand was in on the branded April Fools jokes before they were cool! In 1983 they launched this wonderful ad for a… waterproof car?
The Franklin Institute
You think BMW was early to the party? Wait till you read this! The Franklin Institute, you know Philadelphia's famed museum, launched a press release on 3/31/1940 stating that the world would end at 3pm the next day! No one expected this type of tom-foolery from such an esteemed organization and once the story was picked up by a few radio stations, people all across America freaked out and panicked. Just imagine the vintage hoarding that went down! Turns out the press release was their way of advertising for a new planetarium!
Here’s a 2015 statement from Hooters marketing director, ““When the opportunity to expand the beloved Hooters concept came about, we jumped at the chance of answering the call from men and women across America. With such an overwhelming interest, I can’t believe we didn’t capitalize on the demand sooner; but now the people have spoken and we have responded: Roosters Boys are here to stay!”This was in response to a new concept that Hooters rolled out dubbed ‘Roosters’. Too bad the bulge was just an April Fools Joke!
In 2018 Paypal tweeted out an ad that you can now print money direct from your phone with a simple app upgrade. Hilarious. Though it doesn’t really work.
If you want a good laugh, just google your favorite brands best April fools jokes! An honorable mention is Taco Bell who announced in 96’ that they bought the Liberty Bell and renamed it the ‘Liberty Taco Bell’. Yes, there’s plenty of dumb people who actually fell for the shenanigans. Hence why humans have such a mysterious history of pulling pranks. However, this year, give us simpletons a break! Instead of pulling a fast one, how about we all do something nice for each other? Cuz let’s be real, pranking a friend who just lost their job and is on the brink of financial insecurity due to COVID-19 is just some heartless douchebaggery. Last year it was funny, this year we all need a hug… Goddamn social distancing!
This doesn’t mean we’re against the prank or above the prank. And hopefully, we’ll never have to skip April Fools Day again! But, this year, let’s be nicer than last year. This is how Paul looked after our PRANK last year:
This is how Paul will look after our FAVOR this year!
That’s right. This year we urge everyone to ditch the prank for a favor! Instead of fooling Paul, we’re doing him a solid. Sandwiches wrapped in cellophane over seran wrapped toilet seats. A free ride instead of freak outs. A dollar without the poo! Given the current climate, we’re certain that random acts of kindness will be much more appreciated than a cruel prank meant to get the dupee blood boiling mad! The best part, it’s April 1st, and it’s all in the delivery baby. What we mean here; it’s going to take some serious convincing to get your roommate to actually eat that delicious sandwich you made for them.
Here’s a list of 30 unbelievable April FAVORS Day ideas that are sure to spread just that normal amount of joy!
So there you have it folks! We at B Fresh Gear are trading April FOOLS Day for April FAVORS Day! Random acts of kindness, shrouded in humor and laughter, to show unity and love instead of singling out morons. This year, the FAVORS on you! Fingers crossed that we can get back to our crass, carefully planned and elaborate hoaxes in 2021! Everyone loves having a good laugh at the gullible dumb-dumb’s expense. Let’s just remember that for one reason or another, we are all that gullible dumb-dumb from time to time. With all the hardships that we are currently facing, a prank (no matter how crafty), might just send us from gullible dumb-dumb to full-rage-mode-maniac real quick! FAVORS over FOOLS! Are you on board? Please comment with a heart if you’re on board and share the news that this year we will celebrate April FAVORS Day! Yet and still, DO NOT LOSE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR! Put your pranking skills to use and come up with a hilarious FAVOR that your mark will never forget!
On a day when everyone’s guards are up, catch your friends and your family with their guards down and note how pleasantly surprised they are that they’re not eating a turd biscuit.