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Don't be fooled today!

IT'S April 1, which means, it must be April Fool's Day, the day widely recognised around the world as the day people play practical jokes and hoaxes on one another, before declaring 'April Fool!' Tradition has it in the UK that you must cease your jokes by noon - otherwise you become the fool.

One of the most famous pranks was by the BBC in 1957 when their Panorama programme broadcast a fake film of Swiss farmers picking freshly-grown spaghetti. The BBC were inundated with requests to purchase a spaghetti plant, forcing them to declare the video as a prank on the news the next day!

Most April Fool's Day jokes are far less elaborate, however, and usually just involve telling a friend or family member a fib, to see their surprised reaction.

So, pay attention to what your friends or family say to you today, as you could be about to be fooled!
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 1, 2014
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