What You Might Not Know About April Fools' Day

What You Might Not Know About April Fools' Day

It is now safe to read about April Fools' Day.

Now that it's a safe period of time after April Fools' Day, you can read fun facts about that day without feeling like a gullible idiot if it happens to be a prank! In other words...Disclaimer: These facts are true and safe to believe. Don't you feel safer now?

1. Humans like pranking each other

Call humans what you will--evil, cruel, resilient--but we are a funny species! The tradition of setting a specific day aside to harass your neighbor through harmless pranks reaches back to the Middle Ages. In 1508, Eloy d'Amerval referenced poisson d'avril, a French variant of April Fools' Day.

2. April Fish

In countries such as France or the Netherlands, April 1st is named April Fish in which the goal is to attach a paper fish to your poor unknowing neighbor.

3. Spaghetti Trees

Money may not grow on trees, but, according to a 1957 BBC broadcast, the Swiss had a tradition of harvesting spaghetti on trees. Unfortunately, quite a few people believed them.

4. Kick Me

It is widely stated that Scotland apparently invented the "kick me" sign, which would be pasted to someone's back as part of their pranking celebrations.

5. Taco Bell

In 1996, Taco Bell bought out hundreds of advertisements claiming that they were buying the Liberty Bell due to financial problems in the government. It would be renamed the Taco Liberty Bell. Doesn't that have a ring to it?

6. BBC Strikes Back

In 1980, BBC news declared that Big Ben would go digital. The now useless hands of the clock would be sold off to the first four people who called in. Guess what? Someone did.

7. Iceberg!

In 1978, some resourceful person dragged in an iceberg from Antarctica and left it in Sydney Harbor on April Fools' Morning.

8. The early bird gets the worm

In some places like Britain, April Fools' pranks are restricted to the morning.

9. Tetris!

In 2012, a group of MIT students turned a 295-foot building into a large Tetris game. It required phenomenal rigging of the windows with LED lights and some smart MIT smartness.

10. Socks don't only go on feet

In 1962, a Swedish TV station told their viewers that if they stretched colored nylon socks over the TV and swayed side to side, they would be able to watch their show in color! It looked a bit odd, and it didn't work.

11. Forget Watergate

In 1992, NPR released a statement by Richard Nixon that he would be running again. It was later found that comedian Rich Little impersonated Nixon through the airwaves.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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