April Fools Jokes to Just Plain Foolish Folks . . .

Apr 2nd

I know that this is getting to you far too late to celebrate, but I refuse to get behind or I’ll never catch up!  Some of these were interesting and may be something you’d like to observe a little late!  So sorry to be behind schedule but it’s been a ridiculously busy couple of days.  So here we go!  Today is . . .

Humor Month – Last month was Holy Humor Month- this month is just Humor Month. The fun continues!

This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.

He immediately phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?” and George said no and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.

George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.

“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot them all.”

Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the policemen said to George: “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”

George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

April Fools Day – This is the day when so many of us go around playing practical jokes on others – I don’t quite have the imagination to carry many jokes off – I can’t keep a straight face and honestly my ideas never seem very good.  My co-worker though – she got ALL of us today, and she got us good.  She is the undefeated Queen of April Fools at the office year after year.  Where did this holiday get its beginnings though.  Until I just looked it up I never gave it any thought, so here’s what I found . . . there are actually many different theories, but nothing concrete, as to where April Fool’s Day got its start, but the most popular theory involves the French calender reform from the 16th century. The theory goes something like this: In 1564 France reformed its calendar, moving the start of the year from the end of March to January 1.  There were some people, for a variety of reasons, who didn’t want to change, and stubbornly stuck to the old calendar system and kept celebrating the New Year during the week between March 25th and April 1st.  Because they didn’t make the change, the new calendar following folks played pranks on them.  The pranksters would stick paper fish to the backs of the non-changers without their knowing.  The victims of this prank were called Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish — which, to this day, remains the French term for April Fools — and so the tradition was born. 

Atheist Day – Obviously I do not celebrate this one – why would I?  I feel so horribly sad for these folks who don’t believe in ANYTHING!  I can’t help but mourn for the empty wasteland of their souls.  I do know, that in the name of their non-belief, my belief is being stomped on all over the place, and my rights to worship freely, without infringement is being violated every day.  All you have to do is turn on the news to see examples of where the rights of Christians is near meaningless and our voices lost in the cacophony of noise from the selfishness of a group of individuals who are so horribly offended by the mere mention of someone thinking differently than they do that they must cause pain and distress by shoving their weight around trying to remove all mention of God from all aspects of our lives. I have two things to say to that:  1)  If you are so mortally offended by the mere mention of someone believing in God, please refrain from leaving your home, turning on your TV, listening to music, watching movies, or anything else that puts you in the company of other independent thinking human beings anywhere – because it’s a given -you WILL be exposed to God repeatedly and it might just bruise your poor little feelings.  and 2)  God speaks and makes His presence known to all, even you, in His own way and there is NOTHING you can do with all of your protests and whining to stop Him.  People have been trying since the beginning of time and it hasn’t worked yet, so what would possibly make you think you’re so special that you’d be the one to succeed?   Celebrate your day all on your own because I only feel pity for you, and loathing for what you believe . . . which is nothing.  Hard to wrap the mind around a void of belief, but there ya go.  I do find it incredibly humorous and ironic that Atheist Day lands on April Fool’s Day – some things just speak for themselves.

Boomer Bonus Days – A Baby Boomer is someone born in the 1950’s and 1960’s – the prosperous years after WWII and before Vietnam ended. I am a Baby Boomer – which is funny because I never thought of myself that way.  Boomer Bonus Days is the celebration of the Senior Discount that begins when someone turns 50.  Now, I’m 2 years away from this discount and I can’t honestly say that I will want to acknowledge the title of senior!  Seriously! At 50? That’s silly!  OK, well . . . maybe that will depend on how big the discount is.   We’ll see.

Dyngus Day  – All I can say to this one is “WOW!” I’ve never heard of it and honestly, I’m likely not going to celebrate it, even if I get to it on time next year.  Dyngus Day is a Polish Holiday and popular in Poland and Polish communities in America.  After the long time of Lent, Dyngus Day is intended to be a day of fun – and this is considered to be romantic fun. (To this I observe that this all depends on your idea of romance).  On this day guys are supposed to get the ladies wet – by whatever means necessary – squirt gun, bucket, hose, or other containers of water.  Some particularly adventurous boys have been known to use cologne (to which I say BLECH and don’t even try it bub!).  Gently hitting the ladies on the legs with switches or pussy willows is also common.  The lades get a chance at their revenge the next day when they get to throw dishes or crockery at the guys.  Seriously, this could get dangerous – so guys who may wish to celebrate this?  Pick your lady carefully or you may end up flat on your back with a high heel at your throat.  And ladies? Seriously? Throwing your dishes could get doggone expensive.  Whatever happened to just giving and receiving flowers?

International Tatting Day – This day has been celebrated for over 4 years.  Tatting is the skill of making delicate, elegant tatted lace.  On this day “tatters” from all over the world have different educational activities to celebrate their hobby, and to introduce it to other people. My Grandmothers both did amazing tatting.  Such amazing and delicate work, and I am sad that I never picked up on the talent or the coordination my hands would need to do it.  Another detail I found – though I don’t get the connection here, but tatters celebrate their craft at these fairs and gatherings by eating chocolates and making tatted lace! I’d be afraid of messing up the tatting – but maybe they aren’t messy chocolate eaters.

 

National Fun At Work Day – In an ideal world, we should love what we do, which would make work fun.  Work isn’t intended for fun, but some people are fortunate enough to be able to get their work done AND have fun while they do it.  These lucky folks love their jobs.  All of us are not that lucky though, so if that’s the case, then this day is specifically for you.  Think of ways to make your job more fun and exciting, so some fun things at work today!  If you do fun things that are counter productive, or takes you away from your job, make sure you have permission, or you may ended up without a job to have fun doing at all!

Poetry and The Creative Mind Day  – The use of words to create a picture in someones mind is art.  In much the same way that painting, photography or music is art.  Words can make people feel whatever emotion the writer is feeling, or make them see in their mind whatever they are looking at in the moment they write about it.  This day has special meaning for me because I feel like the only artistic quality bequeathed to me by God is with words. . . . and baking . . . but that’s a different day. Today would be a good day to read some works by your favorite poets or authors, really appreciate the talent that went into creating their work.

Reading is Funny Day – This celebration was set up to teach kids that reading is fun and can be funny! It’s a day to read silly stories, riddles and jokes – bringing laughter and joy through reading to kids of all ages.  Who among us doesn’t love a funny story?  I know I do!

 

Saint Stupid Day

– This “holiday” is celebrated every April 1st.  A parade that starts at noon, and makes its way along the parade route with all the participants dressed up in silly costumes.  This years parade in San Francisco stopped along the way at the Pacific Stock Exchange where they encouraged the people to bring their lonely socks for the “sock” exchange, then to Banker’s Heart sculpture to throw their pennies, and finally they stop at the Federal Reserve, where they hand over their losing lottery tickets.  If the idea were only to have fun, this would be something interested to go see, but after further reading I found that the odd costumes, noise makers and satiric signs purpose is to make fun of religion and the “business” of religion.  This is offensive, so I write about it to you for information purposes only, since it is one of the oddest celebrations I’ve found, and this whole thing started for the purpose of discussing odd holidays.  I won’t be attending these events EVER – as they are an insult to people who have deep beliefs in God.

 

Tater Day is a large festival in Benton, Kentucky.  It started back in 1843 as a spring celebration.  It was a time when all the people of the town would get together and trade sweet potato slips, which were used to grow the plants.  It is the oldest continuous day of trading in the United States, and other items were also traded on this day – things like guns, coon hounds, tobacco and livestock are all swapped and sold.  This is turned into a wonderful festival day with carnival rides, games, a market, a potato eating contest, mule pulls, and a “biggest potato” contest, which brings together people from  all over the country to bring their entries to the contest.  The biggest part of the festival is the parade, which makes one complete circuit around the town.  There is also a Miss Tater Day for the little girls ages 5 through 12, a Little Mister, Tiny Miss and Baby Miss Tater day pageants and floats for the younger kids.  This sounds like a lot of fun!

Food of the Day:

The Birthday of Sliced Bread – Bread has been around since ancient times, but pre-sliced loaves of bread didn’t hit the market until 1930.  Within about 5 years, sliced loaves were outselling unsliced, changing the way most people eat bread.  I’d post a few recipes, but seriously, we all know how to make sandwiches, and the imagination is the limit when it comes to what wonderful food creations you can make with 2 slices of delicious bread!

Well, again, I give you my apologies for not getting these to you first thing this morning so you had a chance to celebrate them, but it’s still pretty interesting to see what holidays are going on around the country and sometimes the world.  God Bless You and I’ll get the celebrations for the 2nd posted much earlier in the day tomorrow.  I promise!

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