Google Cancels April Fool Prank 1st Time In History Due To This Reason; What Is The Logic Behind April Fool?
Amid the catastrophic unrest around the world, people losing their lives to the deadly pandemic and multitudes of people being detected each day with coronavirus positive, our new decade didn’t start with much of a good kick.
So juggling jobs, everyday lives and rooting for the best of our family health, we have made it this far and finally landed on April 1. Now, had it been the normal times, we’d be pranking our colleagues, family members and friends on this excessively celebrated day all around the globe.
Coming from the Google’s parent company, Alphabet has announced to not celebrate April Fools’ day this year, paying respects to all those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Google Cancels April Fool’s Day’s Plans
Google has run April Fools’ Day pranks for two decades. Even after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Google did not step back in celebrating the light-hearted tradition of April 1.
However, this year, there has been a global emergency playing its cards during the immediate period ahead of the holiday.
According to an internal memo by Google, the highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so they have decided to save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one.
It has pulled this announcement to pay respects for all those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic relentlessly. There is certainly some sense to Google postponing such festivities, as it is busy ensuring critical, potential lifesaving information is readily available on the internet.
A Quick History of April Fools’ Tradition
April Fool’s Day is an annual custom on April 1 consisting of practical jokes and hoaxes. To start with, English pranksters began popularizing this annual tradition on April 1, 1700 by playing practical jokes on each other.
Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.
Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
The people who couldn’t get the news sooner, carried on recognizing the start of the new year and celebrated April 1 as January 1. They became the butt of jokes and hoaxes, thereby apparently starting this tradition.
April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century.
In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool).
This was followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them.