I know it’s hard to believe that today truly is April Fools’ Day. But that’s understandable, folks, what with our world caught up in a Groundhog Day loop of endless irrationality that has us wondering when we’ll hear shouts of “April Fool,” and all will be right with our planet.
Here’s the bad news: as much as I‘d like to work Easter into my little holiday analogy, I’m sad to say that the Crucifixion in process has no Resurrection in sight.
Last year at this time, I made reference to April Fools’ Day as a non-public holiday celebrated in many parts of the world dedicated to playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes, and joked that during the US Presidential campaign “every day seems filled with fools—albeit replacing practical jokes with dirty tricks and hoaxes with outright lies.”
Not sure there’s anything left to joke about at the moment. And not just in the US. Greece is on the ropes (still), Brexit is punching itself out of its constricting EU paper bag (into suffocating plastic?), China is dancing (to its own tune), North Korea is looming (when not booming), Russia is taping and raping (not tapping and napping), and the Middle East is…well…just the Middle East.
Sorry if I missed your part of the world, but in these days of 140-character foreign policy, I’m trying to adapt.
By the way, for those of you who don’t already know, playing pranks on a set day goes back to ancient Roman, Indian, and Medieval times. Many credit the “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392) for singling out April 1st. Some, though, suggest that the US Congress should be credited with having established the ultimate “fool us all” day, as the Tuesday following the first Monday in November in a year divisible by four.
As for what is considered the greatest April Fools’ Day hoax of all time, I’m sure we all have our favorites, and here’s a site listing the “Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time,”
Instead of picking my favorite, I think I’ll just post a few political cartoons with an April Fools’ bent...and drift off into thoughts of Hawaii and….
|This cartoon has found new life.|
|This cartoon has folks humming.|
|This cartoon is just Fawkesing with us.|