Nobody really knows for sure where the tradition of April Fools Day originated, although explanations abound. I will not bore you with a long list of historical guesses, which you can just as easily find on wikipedia and other sites.
Rather interestingly, fish features prominently in the tradition in France, where the April Fool is called “Poisson d’Avril” or “April’s Fish”. No, I have been told this is not because they used to throw fish at each other on April first - a more likely explanation is that the zodiac sign falls in the month of April.
This year I am definitely going to have some fun devising a creative prank on my unsuspecting boys. Unsuspecting because I don’t think they read this blog. And if they do, they will be wondering all day what the prank will be ...
Martha Stewart has also been known to pull some very convincing pranks on her show and you can find some hilarious versions on her site.