1. 这么有趣的节日有什么来源呢?

Could you tell us about the origin of April Fool's Day?

There are a couple different stories, but it sounds like April Fools Day began in the mid-1500s in France. Before 1858, New Years actually began on Easter. So people celebrated New Years for 8 days at the end of March. But in 1564, Charles the IX of France changed the New Year to begin on January 1st (which is why we now have the Gregorian calendar). But because news traveled so slowly back then, some people did not get the news about the new dates to celebrate the New Year, so those “backward folk” were called “fools” for continuing to celebrate the New Year in April.


2. 西方的愚人节有哪些虎虎不知道的传统咩?

What will people do on that day? Are there any special customs or fixed traditions?

On April Fools Day, it’s customary for news stations to play pranks on their listeners, readers and viewers. My favorite example was when the BBC played a prank on its TV news viewers in 1957 by running a newscast about the farmers in Switzerland. The news story reported that a farming pest known as the “spaghetti weevil” had been wiped out (which was true), and because of this, farmers were now able to grow spaghetti trees from which they could harvest pasta, ready to eat. British viewers actually wrote in to the station, asking how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. So the BBC issued an official reply, telling them to "place a sprig of spaghetti into a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."


3. 大家最常玩哪些整人游戏?

What are the most popular tricks that are always played?

There are a few classic April Fools tricks, such as:
– setting the clock back so that people wake up several hours too early;
– cooking a weird-looking meal for the family. For example, I cooked a green meal for my brother once by adding green food coloring to all of his food!
– switching the salt and sugar shakers so that whoever uses them next gets a really sweet or salty surprise.
– changing the ‘auto-correct’ function on the computer’s word processing program so that every time a person types in a certain word or name, it is automatically changed to another one. For example, you could get on your brother’s laptop and change the settings so that every time he types in his name, it is changed to “Superman”.





4. 被整的人们会生气吗?%>_<%

How would people react to these tricks? Will they be angry or seething?

Most people usually find April Fools gags funny. But if the tricks cause them to lose time or are a huge inconvenience, people might not be very patient. Americans don’t really like to lose time.


5. 关于整人,有哪些底线?

Are there any lines? It’s like if you cross the line, I won't be friends with you any more.

If the trick causes the person to lose precious time or have to change their day because of it, then yeah, I think it’s gone too far. If the trick makes someone cry, it has definitely gone too far.

I remember I played a trick on my brother one time when I was chopping vegetables and I pretended to chop my finger off (I squirted ketchup everywhere to look like blood) and my brother became hysterical, screaming and crying and running to get my mom. I got in big trouble for that one.



Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of the world could not succeed. -- Mark Twain

It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt. --Mark Twain

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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