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The First of April, some do say, Is set apart for All Fools' Day, But why the people call it so, Nor I nor they themselves do know.
The oldest tradition affirms that such an infatuation attends the first day of April as no foresight can escape, no vigilance can defeat. Deceit is successful on that day out of the mouths of babes and sucklings. Grave citizens have been bit upon it: usurers have lent their money on bad security: experienced matrons have married very disappointed young fellows: mathematicians have missed the longitude: alchymists the philosopher's stone: and politicians preferment on that day. What confusion will not follow if the great body of the nation are disappointed of their peculiar holiday! This country was formerly disturbed with very fatal quarrels about the celebration of Easter. . . . If our clergy come to be divided about Folly's anniversary, we may well expect all the mischiefs attendant on religious wars.
April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty- four.
APRIL FOOL, n. The March fool with another month added to his folly.
The origin of this custom has been much disputed, and many ludicrous solutions have been suggested, e. g. that it is a farcical commemoration of Christ being sent from Annas to Caiaphas, from Caiaphas to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, from Herod back again to Pilate, the crucifixion having taken place about the 1st of April.
Among the numerous means employed in celebrating the custom, the following may be mentioned: the loose shoe lace; the something out of your pocket; the empty eggshell inverted in an egg-cup; the envelope enclosing a blank sheet; the pencil with a rubber point; the note for delivery to a false address; the non-existent bus-terminus; . . . the pigeon's milk; the memory powder.
What pleasanter task for All Fools' Day than going over all the things that you have done before And don't want to do again never no more, never no more, never no more?
A writer in the London Public Advertiser for March 13, 1769, advanced the idea that Noah started the whole thing. It was, said this writer, on the first day of the Jewish month that corresponds to April that Noah mistakenly sent out the dove from the ark to find out if the waters had gone down. . . . When the dove returned without having found any dry land, Noah thereupon became the first "April Fool."
Look out! Behind you there's a rat. He's hiding now behind the stool. He's going to jump up on your hat. Look out! Watch out! Oh dear, what's THAT! It's only you, you April fool!
Generally, . . . April Fools' Day is a day when we can lie to our friends and cause them great anxiety, as long as we justify our actions by exclaiming "April fool!''
As occasion rife with artifice and subterfuge, April Fools' Day furnishes an appropriate trope for modern celebrations as tricks of trade.

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