Sunday April 1st 2012 Tim
The April Fool's joke
should be played before eleven in the morning, or maybe that's just for
school boys. Iranians have indulged an April 1st since around six
hundred years before what these days is politely called the Common Era.
In Scotland, April Fool's is or was "Hunt the Gowk Day." A "Gowk"
is a Cuckoo or simpler mind. French Canadians have "April's Fish
Day." Which is all about attaching a paper fish to a persons back
without them knowing. All of which are yet more good reasons to
just stay home.
My own theory has to do with an
idea of 'innocence.' The easily deluded. Those who believe
without first suspicion. The Massacre of the Innocents. First blood.
And for some reason, whether funny or cruel, disillusioning the innocent has
been given a day all to its own. Then April Fool's becomes
entertainment with advertising. We half-wits wait for the big
one. What will Google do this year? I am certain the Guardian
will think of something. The Sacramento Bee. Fox News is always
painful. Even the Washington Times has blundered into the Museum of
Hoaxes, thrashed around and asked for an email address. And it's possible
that someone high up there thinks everyday is April Fool's.