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March 30, 2012

Were you fooled?

If someone tells you on Sunday that you won the lottery, beware.

In the 1500s, King Charles IX moved from a Julian to a Gregorian calendar, and New Year’s Day changed from April 1 to January 1.  Word of the new calendar spread slowly, and after several years, rural folks still hadn’t heard that they were supposed to celebrate the New Year on January 1.  They were backward rubes to the city slickers — April Fools.    My favorite trick is when Taco Bell issued a press release that it had bought the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell.  The National Historic Park in Philadelphia got thousands of angry calls, and Taco Bell issued a second release revealing the joke, but not before the White House said the Lincoln Memorial had been auctioned off and would heretofore be known as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

What are you doing for April Fool’s?