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April Fools!

             "The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.
             April Fools Day has been going on for a long time. Many people celebrate it by playing pranks on their friends. But how did this day of practical joking get started? Through my research, I have found the answer to this question. Today I am going to inform you about the history of April Fool's Day and how it is celebrated around the world.
             Body I. To begin, I am going to tell you how April Fool's Day got started.
             A.) The history of April Fool's day is uncertain, but most people believe that it began around 1582 in France.
             1.)King Charles IX decided to reform the calendar. .
             2.) He decided to change New Years Day from April 1 to Janruary 1.
             B.) Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people didn"t find out about this change until several years later.
             1.) Some people who were rebellious refused to accept the change and continued to celebrate the holiday on April 1.
             2.) Some people didn"t even know about the change.
             C.) The people who still celebrated New years Day on April first were labeled "fools" and were often ridiculed by the majority of their neighbors.
             1.) They would be sent on fake errands or invited to non-existent parties.
             2.)The butts of these pranks became known as "poisson d"avril" or "April Fish" because young naive fish are often caught.
             II. Finally, I would like to introduce you to the ways other people celebrate April Fool's Day.
             A.) In Scotland, April Fool's Day is devoted to spoofs involving the rearend and is called "Taily Day".
             1.)The victims of these jokes are known as April "Gowk", which is another name for the cuckoo bird.
             2.) The origins of the "Kick Me" sign can be traced back to Scotland.
             B.) In England, jokes are only played in the morning.
             1.) Fools are called "gobs" or "gobby".
             2.) It is considered bad luck to play a joke on someone after noon.
             C.) In Rome, this holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria.

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