Happy April Fool’s Day

A 2016 April Fool’s Day joke

Since it’s April Fool’s Day and Throwback Thursday, we thought we’d talk about the origin of the day, which dates from “The Nun’s Tale” in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” in which a fox tricks the rooster Chantecleer on “March 32,” or April 1. Scholars now think it was a copying error and should’ve read “32 days after March,” or May 2 – the day Richard II became engaged to Anne of Bohemia in 1381.

So typical:  Even the day for fooling is the wrong day. Enjoy it anyway, no fooling.

Georgette Gouveia

 

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