Try not to be one!

The Who sang “I Won’t Get Fooled Again” but today, all bets are off.  Today is April first, April Fools Day.  According to History dot com the origins of the day are somewhat mysterious, but some historians suggest that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, moving the start of the new year to January first.  Some people didn’t get the memo or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1, thus becoming the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.”   Historians also link April Fools to the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria, Latin for “joyful.”  There’s also speculation that April Fools’ Day was tied to the vernal equinox, or first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, when Mother Nature fooled people with changing, unpredictable weather.  That last one makes the most sense to me.  You can almost hear Mother Nature laughing and saying “hold my beer” as we puny humans put our winter coats away and start planting gardens and flowers at the first hint of warmer weather.  Listen to the podcast here;