Friday, April 01, 2005

Doctor C. Feces on April Fools

Originally uploaded by orudis kt.
April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day is a holiday of uncertain origin. The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582, in France. Prior to that year, the new year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25. The celebration culminated on April 1. With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.

However, communications being what they were in the days when news traveled by foot, many people did not receive the news for several years. Others, the more obstinate crowd, refused to accept the new calendar and continued to celebrate the new year on April 1. These backward folk were labeled as "fools" by the general populace. They were subject to some ridicule, and were often sent on "fools errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes.

In Scotland, April Fool's Day is celebrated for two days. The second day is devoted to pranks involving the posterior region of the body. It is called Taily Day. The origin of the "kick me" sign can be traced to this observance.

The editors of Urbana time in order to increase their moments of fabulosity celebrate April 1st as they would New Year's. I have clinically diagnosed them as 'stewpid fools who look good in tights.' Spend the night with them at your own risk.

1 comment:

Urbana said...

that is one crazy lookin kitty.