Real news or April fools?
So in the spirit of what April 1st is all about - we at NowPublic have decided to put together a collection of stories hitting the news wires today that could be real, or could be fake. It's up to you to decide...
No one is really too sure how April 1st became April Fools Day, but it is considered a day that for people to perform pranks and plan hoaxes all over the world.
Though the 1st of April appears to have been observed as a general festival in Great Britain in antiquity, it was apparently not until the beginning of the 18th century that the making of April-fools was a common custom. In Scotland the custom was known as "hunting the gowk," i.e. the cuckoo, and April-fools were "April-gowks," the cuckoo being a term of contempt, as it is in many countries.
One of the earliest connections of the day with fools is Chaucer's story the Nun's Priest's Tale (c.1400), which concerns two fools and takes place "thritty dayes and two" from the beginning of March, which is April 1. The significance of this is difficult to determine.
Here are some stories I have come across already today, or at least ones that I think could be April Fools jokes: