April Fools' Day — celebrated annually on the first day of April — is an unofficial holiday honored by merry pranksters around the world. Though the holiday’s origins remain a total mystery, some historians have speculated that the annual celebration we now call April Fools’ Day dates all the way back to 1582, when the country of France officially switched from the classic Julian calendar to the new Gregorian calendar. Almost half a millenia later, the embrace of April Fools’ Day jokes by mainstream media and major brands (like Volkswagen – or should we say “Voltswagen”?) has ensured the unofficial holiday’s long life.
“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” —