Are you ready for the jokes, the set-up, the “what the?”….I am!
How did Aprils Fools come about you ask? In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calender) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.
Of course there are alternate theories, specifically ones that ascribe the informal holiday to the cultural impact of the Hilaria Festival of ancient Rome, held on March 25, and the Holi celebration in India, which ends on March 31. The Museum of Hoaxes has a complete collection of all the theories, but the real problem with explaining April Fools’ Day is that you never quite know when someone is trying to fool you with their explanation. The real fun, as we all know, is executing these pranks ourselves!
Found this creative dessert on pinterest…think you can fool your crew? Every age would love it!
- 10 Fruit Roll-Ups
- 10 pieces multicolored licorice
- 4 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 5 cups crisp rice cereal
- Unroll the Fruit Roll-Ups, leaving paper attached.
- Cut licorice lengthwise into thin strips; set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine marshmallows and butter. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes or until melted, stirring once a minute. Add cereal; stir to coat.
- Place about 1/2 cup cereal mixture on the edge of each roll-up; place licorice in the center of the mixture. Roll up sushi rolls to about 1-inch diameter.
- Discard paper. Trim edges of rolls; cut each into four pieces. Store in an airtight container.