Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fish on T Tuesday


From Wikipedia:
"In 1508, a French poet, Eloy d'Amerval referred to a Poisson d'avri
(April fool, literally "April fish") a possible reference to the holiday.
In 1539, Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of a nobleman who 
sent his servants on foolish errands on 1 April. 
 In 1698, several people were tricked into
going to the Tower of London to 'see the Lions washed.' "

"The tradition in France, and in French-speaking Canada
includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the
victim's back without being noticed- poisson d'avril-
(literally 'April's fish) and is also widespread in
other nations such as Italy.  The Flemish tradition
is for children to lock out their parents or teachers,
only letting them in if they promise to bring
treats the same evening or the next day."

"In 1957, the BBC pulled a prank, known as the
Swiss Spaghetti Harvest prank, where they 
broadcast a fake film of Swiss farmers picking
freshly-grown spaghetti.  The BBC were later
flooded with requests to purchase spaghetti
plants, forcing them to declare the video as a prank
 on the news the next day."

To read the Top Hoaxes perpetrated on April Fool's Day
and have a good laugh!

It's time to begin my Fake Journal 2014 Project,
so be sure to visit Cottonwood Counterfeit Journal
to see what my 'alter ego' is up to--no foolin'!

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Joining Elizabeth for her T Tuesday link party...
and sharing a collage 
created with a tea bag -- just because
I liked that wonderful leaf green color!
Hope you have a fun day...
and enjoy a good joke!

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  1. I know when I was a kid, a long time ago.... we used to stick notes on people's backs, but only until midday, apparently the magic disappears then, lol

  2. Hello Dianne,
    WOW, I had no idea of all these fun facts about today. I like them though, all of them harmless at least. We don't do any kind of jokes here but it is mine and hubby's anniversary which I forgot to mention on my post.
    Have a great day and looking forward to seeing your journal thru the month.
    Hope it's warm there for you, it's been nice these last few days. Yesterday was just like a spring day!!

  3. Wonderful fish. I knew about the April Fish in France but had forgotten so thanks for the reminder. I like the green of your tea bag in the collage too.


  4. Once again I learned something new. I've seen that April Fishes quote before, but had NO idea where it came from, and why. I'm thrilled to learn something new today (and every day). Your fish are truly magnificent, too. You interpreted the fish so beautifully.

    As you know, I'm a HUGE fan of collage. And that tea bag collage made me feel really happy, too. Now I'm off to see your alter (or is it altered) ego.

    Thanks for sharing T today and teaching me about April Fish, too.

  5. wonderful collage-love those colors! I was going to post about the "poissons d'Avril" but time got away from me-so thanks for posting this. Happy T day!

  6. It was fun to read about all the traditions...and to think we just used to switch out the sugar for salt! Love the collage and I will be round to see your fake journal after tea rounds!

  7. i love the museum of hoaxes! thx for sharing the link.

  8. Fascinating to read about April Fools ... thanks for sharing that
    your always lovely artwork Dianne which is delightful on so many levels

    I appreciate your kind words about my journal pages too

    Happy T Day and April Fool's Day too...no kidding :)

  9. Thanks for the lesson on Aprils Fool's day. Very interesting. Lovely draws as well!

  10. Very interesting info, thanks for sharing.

    Just stopped by to say hi, I'm not linked this week, be back next week.

  11. Interesting read about April Fool's Day. Learned something new ... glad I stopped by.
    Love your fish drawings and that tea bag collage is beautiful. Going to check out your other self. :)

  12. Thank you for sharing all these facts about April Fool. Tour fish sketch is amazing.
    Happy T for Tuesday

  13. Thanks for popping my blog :) I'm always bringing my projects out to the kitchen to work on! It's fun to hear of the April fish :) and I like your lovely collage, hope your day was wonderful :)


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