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Posted on April 1, 2009 | tags


Offbeat: Five fast historical facts about April Fool’s Day

  • The holiday was invented by monks in the 11th century as a way to control laborers. source
  • Daylight Saving Time used to start on April 1st every year until it was staggered in the 20th century. source
  • The pulling of tricks on April Fool’s Day is a strictly Euro-American tradition. source
  • Families in some Asian nations celebrate by exchanging small, handmade gifts. source
  • In 2004, Monaco banned the holiday after a failed trick left three people dead. source