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1 April 2020 – All Fool’s Day

1 April 2020 – All Fool’s Day

Today I missed the deadline to post this before midday, so you’re quite safe from any trick-playing. It’s not that I’m not a fan of All Fool’s Day, aka April Fool’s Days, aka Huntigowk Day, aka Gowking Day, but let’s just say I prefer my comedy less Game For A Laugh and more Arrested Development. Besides after 12pm, the Rules of Folklore state that any prank pulled turns the japer into the japed. And I am foolish enough as it is.

Anyhow, one of the reasons I missed the deadline was due to churning out this month’s #FolkloreFOMO post. If you can bear more screen time, please do give it a whirl and suggest to me some April folklore to help stave off my impending cabin fever. 

But back to today and a spot more weatherlore. So there’s some bad news, some good news, and then some more bad news. The first bad news pertains to thunder, or lack thereof, and thus signals a dodgy harvest ahead. However, #notallcrops because:

If April First sees cloud and rain
Then beer will smell like an open drain

And as it was clear and dry round here, hurray for stouts and ales and beer! However, this does mean the blame for any future stinkage will have to remain on ‘the dog’…

Finally, I couldn’t really let All Fool’s Day pass without a hoax, although it’s not by me and the makers did broadcast it after noon. But even now, even though it’s over sixty years old, for me nothing else comes close to it. Enjoy:


Header: Still taken from the Spaghetti-Harvest in Ticino, Panorama, 1957

Cooper, Q. and Sullivan, P. (1994) Maypoles, Martyrs & Mayhem: 366 Days of British Myths, Customs & Eccentricities, London, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Day, B. (1998) A Chronicle of Folk Customs, London, Hamlyn

Roud, S. (2006) The English Year: A Month-By-Month Guide To The Nation’s Customs and Festivals, From May Day to Mischief Night, London, Penguin Books

Published by Liza Frank

Author of My Celebrity Boyfriend. Obsessed with hula hooping, sons of preachermen and fresh dates, sometimes all at the same time. Curator of Folklore Agony and The Everyday Lore Project.

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