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Friday the 01st of April, 2005
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APRIL FOOL'S DAY

Good morning,

April 1st is known in the English speaking world as April Fool's Day. It is the equivalent of December 28th in Spain: el Día de los Santos Inocentes. The origin of the April Fool's custom is not clear.

QUOTE
The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. -Mark Twain.

APRIL FOOL'S DAY Vocabulary
April Fool's Day is celebrated by the execution of hoaxes and practical jokes with the goal of publicly embarrassing the gullible.

1) Hoax
Meaning: an attempt to trick someone into believing that something false is real.

Example:
Although the police searched the building, they found nothing. The telephone call about the bomb was a hoax.

2) Practical joke
Meaning: a joke which makes someone seem foolish and usually involves a physical action rather than just words.

Example:
The new worker was sent to the hardware store to buy a left-handed screwdriver as a practical joke.

3) Gullible
Meaning: easily deceived or tricked. A person who believes everything that other people say.

Example:
People must be very gullible to believe everything that politicians say.

A FAMOUS APRIL FOOL'S DAY HOAX - THE SPAGHETTI TREES
In 1957 the BBC broadcast a documentary about "Spaghetti trees" in Switzerland. It is widely considered to be the best April Fool's hoax presented by the media. Click on the link below for more information about the hoax.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27ugSKW4-QQ

If you have any questions about April Fool's Day, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I hope you have a good day and a very relaxing weekend!