Who da fool?

April Fool’s Day has been around for a long time, but noone really knows the exact origin or why we continue to mark this date with trickery and tomfoolery.  Let’s just agree, us humans are da fools.  Foreshore.

AprilFools lists a bunch of pranks and practical jokes you could perform and Wikipedia outlines some of the differences in celebrations around the world for the 1st of April.

So ingrained is the hoax mentality on this date that when serious stuff goes down, and genuine news is reported, people are inclined not to believe it.  Last year a pet python was on the loose in the New York offices of Google, who are reknowned for playing jokes on the day and it took a number of emails before staff started to believe the story.

Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 10:24 PM
Subject: [Everyone-ny] Pet Snake Missing in NYC office

Dear Googlers:

The timing of this email could not be more awkward. Over the weekend, a pet snake belonging to a Googler was released from its cage in a 4th floor cubicle near the Tech Stop. The snake is a 3-foot long, brown and grey ball python named Kaiser. Ball pythons are nonvenomous and are commonly kept as pets. Our exterminator, with Google’s security team and the snake’s owner are searching for it. Should you see the snake, please do not attempt to touch it or pick it up. Call security immediately.

Tempting as it might be, this is not an April Fool’s joke! We are sending this message to alert you to the situation and to let you know what to do in the event you see the snake. We will send an update to all New York Googlers at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2 and post signs at office entrances. Should you have any particular concerns, please contact your immediate supervisor.

As a reminder, the pets policy of Google New York allows only dogs to be brought into the office by Googlers. Permission must be obtained from management before any other type of animal can be brought onto the premises.

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One response to “Who da fool?

  1. lockedgroove

    april fools day started back in france when people would slap each other with dead fish on the 1st day of april… those crazy french sure know a good time

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