Every year I wish I was a bit more creative when it comes to planning the perfect April Fools’ Day prank. Some of the best tricks that have gone down in history are the ones we don’t see coming. I’m not keen on any pranks that embarrass or could hurt anyone; I just want to make my friends and family laugh, smile, and enjoy the surprise.
The exact origin of April Fools’ Day is unknown. In Roman times people celebrated “Hilaria” in the spring. Historians mark the first April Fools’ Days to the changing of the Gregorian calendar in 1582. People who did not get the “memo” that April 1 was no longer the beginning of the year were ridiculed and called “fools.”
Today, April Fools’ Day is an international day of practical jokes and hoaxes. Kids are gearing up their tricky ideas to scare or fool their friends, family and teachers. Don’t let the kids have all the fun. Parents, too, can get in on some prime trickery that will fool kids of all ages.
I remember my dad telling visitors that our garden had given us a bumper crop of succotash. It was hilarious how many people actually believed him and were looking forward to taking home a bushel of surplus succotash. Even companies enjoy playing pranks. In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees. Some of the more famous pranks gave me a few ideas of food-related pranks to play myself.
We spend a lot of time thinking about eating well. Is this food healthy? Will it help me be stronger, smarter, protect me from cancer, etc.? These questions and concerns are important, but it is also important to have fun with our food. I have fun cooking and want to pass that sense of enjoyment down to my children. A day of using food to play jokes is a great place to start!