April 1, 2016

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By The HOMMAGE Man In stubble

April Fools!

While not a public observed holiday, April 1 (sometimes called All Fools Day) is a popular day around the world. A lighthearted day of pranks, playing practical jokes and fooling people into believing ridiculous things. . .not saying that urban drone delivery of your HOMMAGE grooming Shave Care subscription isn’t a real possibility when we launch the program this May, but we can promise you it will make a great gift for Father’s Day.

 

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The French call April 1 Poisson d’Avril, or “April Fish.” A day where the children tape a picture of a fish onto the back of their schoolmates, crying “Poisson d’Avril” when the prank is discovered. While fish aren’t big on grooming, sharks are. In fact, they’d ask for the 6 adjustable power spray invigorating shower if they could. Instead, they swim to shallower waters to attract small fish that are slaves to nibbling away any of the shark’s parasites and dirty tissue. Shark Grooming!

In the UK, we understand that the pranks and joking are stopped midday. So, anyone playing a joke after midday is the “April fool” themselves.

In England, If you are fooled on this day you may be called a ‘noodle’, ‘gob’, ‘gobby’ or ‘noddy’. How about “naughty”?

In Scotland, we’re told that April Fools’ Day was traditionally called ‘Huntigowk Day” or ‘Hunt the Gowk’. “Gowk” meaning cuckoo or a foolish person. Here, on Fools Day, you may be asked to deliver a sealed message that requests help of some sort. The message reads “Dinna laugh, dinna smile. Hunt the gowk another mile.” If you find yourself with this message, explain that you can only help if you first ask Joe. You then pass the message onto the next guy. And, so on. Don’t get stuck with the letter!

In Ireland, if you’re the Fool who opens the sealed letter, you’ll find the message “send the fool further”.

In Poland, important activities on April 1 are usually avoided. We’re told that the conviction is so strong that the anti-Turkish alliance with Leopold I signed on 1 April 1683, was backdated to 31 March.

April Fools Day also gives us writers some wiggle room with no footnotes or reference points needed.

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