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April Fool

posted Apr 1, 2016, 2:34 AM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Apr 1, 2016, 2:34 AM ]
Popular belief states that April Fools' Day originates as far back as the 1300s. It is often attributed to the Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer. In reality, this day, and specifically the phrase "April Fool" come from a very different era. Professor van der Bishop at the University of Con City fortunately has all the facts.

"April Fool originates from 1891," the Professor states, "when Con City banker Hugo C. Carter was fooled into purchasing one hundred tons of iron pyrite, better known as fools' gold from a miner recently returned from Desert Rock. Everyone in the city knew that there was no actual gold in Desert Rock, so when people found out about the sale, which had happened on the 1st of April, everyone just called Hugo C. Carter the April Fool. That was the real origin of the term April Fool. Now, you may come across references to this phrase from much earlier times. This is due to what Jerry Carter, the great grandson of Hugo C. Carter did during his tenure as my PhD student."

According to the Professor, Jerry Carter apparently built a time machine which he used to go back to the 1300s and influence the work of Geoffrey Chaucer and work the concept of the April Fool into the Canterbury Tales. This, in fact, is the real reason why April Fools' Day exists.

"His idea was that if he turned the concept of the April Fool into something common, then he could dilute the misfortune of his great grandfather and make the world forget about the Great Fool's Gold Debacle of 1891. As you can most certainly see, he succeeded in rewriting history."

Some of you might be wondering why Jerry Carter didn't just go back to 1891 and stop his great grandfather from buying the one hundred tons of fools' gold. To this, Professor van der Bishop has a perfectly logical explanation.

"He was afraid that if he stopped his great grandfather from the purchase, his reason for inventing a time machine in the first place would cease to exist, and he would be stuck in 1891 without the means to come back. And he did not want to be stuck in a time with no internet. It's a pity he never considered that it's even worse to be stuck in the 14th century."