On occasion, we reference an obscure holiday or a historical event that happened on this day in history. Accordingly, here are four unusual events that reportedly happened on this day.
In 1957 the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees.
In 1985, Sports Illustrated reported about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour.
In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell.
In 1998, Burger King advertised a new sandwich called a “Left-Handed Whopper.”
All of these, of course, were April Fool’s gags pranked on a gullible and unsuspecting public.
Today has been dubbed as “the most light-hearted day of the year.” So, be prepared to engage your sense of humor on some funny and probably some not so funny tricks. Also be prepared for some corny jokes and quips. Here are 5 of the 25 published by Readers Digest.
1. What monster plays the most April Fools’ jokes?
2. Excuse me, sir.
Do you think they named April Fool’s Day in your honor?
3. Which day of the year do monkeys like best?
The first of Ape-ril!
4. Babies born March 31st are the easiest to prank on April Fools’…
They were literally born yesterday!
5. Why was the donkey annoying his friend?
It was April Mules’ Day!
Well, you might as well be prepared to laugh a little today. After all the Bible says, “there is a time to laugh” (Eccl. 3:4), and that “a joyful heart is a good medicine” (Prov 17:22).
However, on a more serious note, we’re reminded that some things are not funny. And some fools should be avoided and abhorred. Consider these warnings from the book of Proverbs.
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.” 14:1).
“Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool.” (10:18)
“The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall.” (10:8)
“A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.” (10:23)
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise” (12:15)
“In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.” (13:16)
“A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.” (14:16)
“A fool spurns his father’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.” (15:5)
“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding But delights in airing his own opinions.” (18:2)
“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” (29:11)
“He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.” (28:26)
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” (26:11)
No doubt, there are times when we’ve all behaved foolishly. But as Jim Fiebig says, “You are not a fool just because you have done something foolish–only if the folly of it escapes you.”
So, enjoy the day. Have some fun. Play a prank. Laugh heartily. Just don’t be a spiritual fool. Because there’s nothing funny about that.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman