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'''April Fool's Day''' is the first day of April and is known for practical jokes.  The custom is believed to have originated in [[France]] in 1564 when [[New Year's Day]] was changed from April 1st to January 1st.  Those continuing to observe April 1st were ridiculed.
 
'''April Fool's Day''' is the first day of April and is known for practical jokes.  The custom is believed to have originated in [[France]] in 1564 when [[New Year's Day]] was changed from April 1st to January 1st.  Those continuing to observe April 1st were ridiculed.
  
[[Ray Comfort]] has suggested that April 1st should also be '''National Atheist Day''' in reference Psalm 14:1, which states "The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God'."<ref name=Holiday>{{cite web|url=http://www.christianpost.com/news/former-atheist-activist-patrick-greene-responds-to-critics-72768/|title=Former Atheist Activist Patrick Greene Responds to Critics|date=9 April 2012|publisher=The Christian Post|accessdate=1 April 2013}}</ref>
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[[Ray Comfort]] has suggested that April 1st should also be '''National Atheist Day''' in reference Psalm 14:1, which states "The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God'."<ref name=Holiday>{{cite web|url=http://www.christianpost.com/news/former-atheist-activist-patrick-greene-responds-to-critics-72768/|title=Former Atheist Activist Patrick Greene Responds to Critics|date=9 April 2012|publisher=The Christian Post|accessdate=1 April 2013|quote=He also once threatened to sue "180" film creator and open-air preacher Ray Comfort for a bumper sticker produced by Comfort's ministry that suggested April Fool's Day should also be called "National Atheist's Day."}}</ref>
  
 
==Well Known April Fool's Pranks==
 
==Well Known April Fool's Pranks==

Revision as of 08:20, 1 April 2013

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April Fool's Day is the first day of April and is known for practical jokes. The custom is believed to have originated in France in 1564 when New Year's Day was changed from April 1st to January 1st. Those continuing to observe April 1st were ridiculed.

Ray Comfort has suggested that April 1st should also be National Atheist Day in reference Psalm 14:1, which states "The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God'."[1]

Well Known April Fool's Pranks

  • Taco Bell issuing a press release claiming the purchase of the Liberty Bell from the United States Government. The release also stated that National Landmark would be renamed the Taco Liberty Bell [2]
  • The BBC "Panorama" documentary about the "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest", including discussion of the Spaghetti Weevil [3]

Sources

  • The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989

External links

References and notes

  1. Former Atheist Activist Patrick Greene Responds to Critics. The Christian Post (9 April 2012). Retrieved on 1 April 2013. “He also once threatened to sue "180" film creator and open-air preacher Ray Comfort for a bumper sticker produced by Comfort's ministry that suggested April Fool's Day should also be called "National Atheist's Day."”
  2. http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/Hoaxipedia/Taco_Liberty_Bell/
  3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/1/newsid_2819000/2819261.stm