It’s a holiday that dates back hundreds of years. As France switched to the modern Gregorian calendar in 1563, not everyone got the memo. Those who didn’t change systems in a timely manner celebrated the New Year, as they didn’t know it’d been changed to January 1. These people were called “April fools,” who were often marked with placing a paper fish on their back. This symbolized “an easily caught fish” and were also called “April fish.” The former stuck and turned into an entire day for pranks and jokes.
At least, that’s how one set of historical records tell us about the holiday’s past.
Love or hate this controversial holiday, it’s happening all-the-same. Be sure to put your thinking cap on before leaving the house this upcoming Wednesday and question all who cross your path. Or better yet, just work from home if at all possible.
In the meantime, here are some of our favorite April Fools memes:
- First off, get the date straight
Keep your game face on all day long.
2. Or better yet, this face
We’ll call this “skeptical face.”
3. And this line of thinking
Even logical statements are not to be trusted.
4. Have pity for those whose jokes just don’t land
Bless their hearts.
5. Mean jokes are the worst
But that won’t stop anyone from thinking they are funny.
6. And good luck to those joke haters out there
Just smile and nod.
7. Remember it’s also a real day with real celebrations
8. Don’t forget to laugh at yourself
Hopefully others are laughing with you, not at you.
9. Don’t forget to take a chance
It’s an easy out.
10. Finally, when it’s over
Good luck out there.