Top April Fool's searches:
- April Fool's Day
- Shock lighters
- Stink bombs
- April Fool's Day pranks
- Fake poo
- Comedy clubs
- Hand buzzer
- Fake blood
There are other explanations: there is the tradition of renewal festivals, which are found all over the world. These festivals often involve ritualised chaos, which has gradually become a day for pranks and hoaxes.
Then there is the story of Gotham in N Nottinghamshire. Apparently, in the 13th century, King John was refused entry to a village because the locals thought he might claim the through road as his own. When he sent for his soldiers all the villagers pretended to be mad, thereby avoiding punishment.
Today, April Fool's isn't so widely celebrated as it once was. This may be because we now have lots of shows, all year round, where people are subject to pranks. Newspapers and magazines still uphold the tradition of hoaxing though, so keep your eyes peeled on the day.
TV of course, is not completely immune to the odd spoof, even if the spaghetti weevil hasn't made a comeback just yet. In 2008, the BBC aired an elaborate hoax about flying penguins. Another prank, this time on the radio, concerned the Archers radio show having a new electronic theme tune, created by pop producer Brian Eno.
The Car maker BMW even joined in claiming to have invented a dog-repelling alloy that would protect your wheels from leg cocking pets and last year a rumour went round the UK was going to ask France to share the Olympics
Remember the fun all stops at noon:
There is a rhyme that children recite if anyone attempts an April fool trick after 1 April:
April Fool is dead and gone,
You're a fool to carry it on.