Sunday, April 1, 2012

Is It April 1st Already?

Do you ever trust what you read on Wikipedia immediately?  Me neither – that’s why I looked in several places to find out what in the world may have started the tradition of April Fool’s Day.  Several sites agreed that it may have begun way back in 1582 in France.  The problems started when the Gregorian Calendar was mandated by Charles IX.  The New Year was changed from its previous celebration that lasted multiple days (from March 25th to April 1st) to January 1st.

Well, you have to remember that news traveled much slower back then and didn’t reach many people for several years.  Others, set in their ways, just plain refused to change and continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st.  The general populace then labeled these people “fools”, ridiculed them and made them the butt of jokes.  Thus began a tradition of practical jokes and pranks and the tradition spread.

So for your April Fool’s Day pleasure, here are a few of my favorite Ant jokes for kids:

  1. Where do ants go for their holidays?
  1. Frants!

  1. What do you call an ant who skips school?
  1. A truant!

  1. What do you get if you cross some ants with some tics?
A.   All sorts of antics!

Had enough?  Me too … enjoy your April 1st!

And keeping with the Ant theme, this is my favorite Bug Quilt.  I made it back in 2008 and I know that a child having surgery in Venezuela received it – and that’s no joke!

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