The History of April Fools Day

We have all heard of the day but I know very few who know where the heck it came from.  So, here is some history on it!

April Fools’ Day (sometimes called All Fools’ Day) is an informal holiday celebrated every year on April 1. The day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes  on each other, called April fools.Hoax stories are also often found in the press and media on this day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day

The origins of April Fools’ Day are obscure. The most commonly cited theory holds that it dates from about 1582, the year France adopted the Gregorian Calendar, which shifted the observance of New Year’s Day from the end of March (around the time of the vernal equinox) to the first of January.

According to popular lore, some folks, out of ignorance, stubbornness, or both, continued to ring in the New Year on April first and were made the butt of jokes and pranks on account of their foolishness. This became an annual tradition which ultimately spread throughout Europe and other parts of the world.

However, the earliest known historical reference to April Fools’ Day occurs in a Dutch poem, published in 1561, which predates the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by some 21 years.

Another weakness of the calendar-change theory is that it doesn’t account for a historical record replete with traditions linking this time. Many French resisted the change and neocites dubbed them as fools and played pranks on them. They started sending them on ‘fool’s errands’, sent them the fake invitations for parties and tricked them into believing something false. The victims were called ‘Poisson d’Avril’ or ‘April Fish’ as the naïve fish gets caught easily and children would often tag of a fish’s picture on someone’s back. Thus, April Fool’s Day originated and was popularly celebrated in England and in the American colonies. It evolved and was caught on quickly throughout the world to trick each other and have fun. Even today, people play pranks on each other on this day in the memory of those tradition-obsessed ‘fools’.

Perhaps the best illustration of the April Fool’s Pranks of the 19th century is the Thomas Nast’s illustration, originally published in the April 2, 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly. It highlights the various pranks that were popularly played at the time with its caption as ‘All Fool’s Day’. Some of the pranks shown here include women visiting an older man wearing beards and moustaches, Civil War Soldiers tricking each other such as a soldier barring the view by holding his hand on in front of the binoculars of a friend and a sailor doing the same by holding his hat over the telescope of a friend. The other tricks include a young boy tying a string on the dress of a little girl while a schoolteacher is shown with the sign of ‘Old Fool’ on his back. e of year to merriment and tomfoolery dating all the way back to antiquity, and not just in the west.

 

 

 


PSA LA movies int he park schedule announced!

http://schedule.eatseehear.com/

 

 


1st Annual Ironhorse Steampunk Family Festival Perris, CA

https://www.facebook.com/orangeempirerailwaymuseum

If you missed this event, you sure missed out! It was the first year so the crowd was manageable but that does not mean it lacked the tomfoolery  and debauchery that the Steampunk crowd brings. Lots of visual goodies as far as the eye could see and even a fun up and coming Steampunk group called Poplock Holmes.  It was different and unique and I have to admit I’m hooked.  I definitely recommend for everyone to attend next year and it was definitely family friendly!! You are also able to enjoy rides on authentic steam locomotives and the nostalgic Los Angeles red car and trolley rides are just as fun!!   I will let the links and pictures speak for themselves.  Great job Orange Empire Railway Museum!!

Next year I will be there again for sure!! Thank you Anastasia Hunter for letting me use your beautiful pictures from this event!! <3

 


Welcome, welcome, step right up!! Get your tickets here!! $30 early bird, $40 at the door :)

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/560670

The World’s Most Amazing Circus Sideshow Carnival ever.

Dr Devious’s Gypsy Circus & SideShow Carnival 2014

Its that time of Year, City Life has jus about driven you Mad, and you long for the Serenity of the Desert, but yet you still want to Party your Ass off.. or you’re depressed because you can’t go to Bequinox, because you have Pets, or afford the Ticket, etc. or if you just want to come here then go there, you are Welcome to Camp here, and do such!

Well, we don’t want you to feel Lonely and UnBurny during the Equinox… So we decided to plan a 7 Day, “LEAVE NO BURNER BEHIND” Camping Event called “Dr Devious’s Gypsy Circus & Sideshow Carnival”…

THIS IS NOT A RAVE!!! SO DONT COME IF THATS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR!!!

BRING LOTS OF FIREWOOD!!!!
(no plastic or painted parts ie. must be striped of any moop)
this is a Burner Event, if you come you bring your own Equipment, Power, Etc just like Burning Man, no one is paid to bring there Art, Perform or Set Up a Theme Camps
all ages 14 and under, are Free.

13144 Munsey Road, Cantil California 93519
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Truely a sad day. R.I.P. Shirly Temple

Shirley Temple Black (born Shirley Temple; April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, and one-time U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States, 1976–1977 IMPRESSIVE!
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Last night in WOODSIDE, California Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.

Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at about 11 p.m. at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, Kagan said.

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Temple was a leading child film actress during the Great Depression, starring in works like Bright Eyes and Captain January. When her rendition of the song “On a Good Ship Lollipop” became famous in the 1930s, she earned a special Academy Award. Temple took on some acting roles as an adult before entering politics, becoming a U.S. diplomat for the United Nations.

 

She was an amazing woman and will always be remembered for her many talents and contribution to society through acting and politics.  We will miss you Shirley Temple!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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What to do this Saturday Feb 8? How about a SPOOK SHOW!!

It’s back! 2nd Annual Spook Show at Halloween Club – La Mirada
Halloween Club is celebrating the club of Halloween Enthusiasts and cordially invites you for a conventry of local Halloween-esque
Art † Crafts † Curios † Jewelry † Props † Deco † Costumes † Food † Music † Contests † Spookiness † Creepiness …
Featuring:
† Abracadaver Productions † All Hallows Eve † Art & Clothing by Paulina † Batty Natty’s Baked Goods † Better Off Dead Designs † Bone Yard Effects, Inc. † Booger Vampire † Boyle Heights Paranormal Project † Captinis † CC Crafted Artists † Chimerical Media † Cinema Secrets † Danny Detox (Little Cave’s resident DJ) † Deathdolly13 † Deceased Art † Devilicious Food Truck † Diana Levin Art † Dignity Memorial † Dulce Calaveritas † Edge of the World Art Studio † Enchanted Rumors † Evile Annie † Face Paint From Mars † Fangoria † Fear Station Haunted Attraction † Foreplay Costumes † Fourbleboard † Frankenstein † From Zombies With Love † Grave Robbers Union Local 666 † Gurney FX † Hauntrepreneur Productions † Hearring Treasures † HeavenSent HellBent † Jimmy Psycho † Kristen Lawrence – Halloween Carols † Long Beach Acting & Film Association † Love Kills Boutique † Love, Pain and Stitches † Mint in Box Productions † Miss Wendy’s Bow-tique † Monster Buckles † Mommy’s Ghouls & Stitches † Moonlit Art Studio † Morgue Than Bows † Phantom Hearse Coaches † Plague Attire † Pocket Full of Posiez † Porko Rico BBQ Truck † Radio Active Chicken Heads † Rudy McBacon Enterprises † Savage Productions † ScareLA † Shadow Walk Productions † Shayne of the Dead † Spitfire Interiors † Stuff! by Nic † The Art of Reese † The Art of Rizzo Michelle † The Art of Sketch † The Melt Food Truck † The Rhythm Coffin † The Ridiculous & Grosstacular Sideshow † Tortilla Press † Tyrannical Piratical Treasures † Z Booth
WALKING DEAD CONTEST AND VIEWING!!!
14447 Firestone Blvd, La Mirada, California 90638
Tickets are FREE Woooo! but you must reserve them here:

What to do this Saturday in LA?

http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/the-roaring-twenties-california-alcohol-production-during-prohibition

Screening & Illustrated Talk! THE ROARING TWENTIES / California Alcohol Production During Prohibition Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles
The afternoon begins with a 2PM screening of THE ROARING TWENTIES (see description below), followed by the illustrated talk:…
“California Alcohol Production During Prohibition,” 60 min. Chef, educator and historian Ernest Miller will take us back to Los Angeles before and during Prohibition to discover how some members of the local beer and wine industry survived by cleverly working around the Volstead Act’s ban on liquor. Chef Miller also will discuss what happened to the industry after Prohibition ended in December 1933. If not for Prohibition, Los Angeles might be a leader in wine and beer production today (the country’s largest winery was once located in Alhambra). Items used by alcohol manufacturers to make and advertise their product also will be displayed.
Following the lecture at 5:30 PM, members can join us at the Record Parlour (6408 Selma Ave., Hollywood) for libations and live music from Hedgehog Swing in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the repeal of the Volstead Act. Members of the Cinematheque and Art Deco Society will be e-mailed details on how to RSVP and obtain a password to enter this “speakeasy.”
75th Anniversary! THE ROARING TWENTIES 1939, Warner Bros., 106 min, USA, Dir: Raoul Walsh
Raoul Walsh came bursting onto the screen in his first Warner Bros. directorial outing with this sensational gangster tale starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart as World War I vets who return to an unwelcoming American society and go straight for the criminal life instead. With a script from crackerjack Warner Bros. writing team Jerry Wald and Richard Macauley, and produced by the incorrigible erstwhile journalist Mark Hellinger, this picture bristles with suspense, smart-aleck humor and Walsh’s great comic and dramatic timing. The triple threat of Cagney, Bogey and Walsh make for nonstop action and fun. A terrific round-up and look-back at the great Warner Bros. gangster yarns of the 1930s, this film says it all about how the studio kept in touch with the hard-knock life of the times. Also starring the inimitable Gladys George as Cagney’s saloon-owning friend and Pricilla Lane as the woman who just can’t love Cagney the way he wants. A blast of energy that is pure Walsh!
Tickets are $11 general admission and are available on Fandango.com

 


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