April Fools’ Day

Maggie Verbeeren

April Fools’ Day is full of pranks and hoaxes, which historians speculate started in the 13th Century when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Those who failed to see that the New Year started on January 1 and celebrated it on April 1 were known as April Fools, and thus became the day of pranks.

“I enjoy April Fool’s Day more than I should,” Stevenson junior Tomas Bassalious said. “I like the idea of having a day where I can prank people without getting in trouble for it. My favorite prank that I have ever pulled was when I put saran wrap on my sister’s door so she would walk into it when she came out of her room.”

Getting pranked is not enjoyable to everyone.

“I am not a fan of April Fool’s Day,” Eisenhower senior Tyler Mulville said. “My family is super competitive when it comes to this day. I have had a lot of not so nice pranks pulled on me. My dad once put elastic wrap on the toilet and I fell for it because it was clear and I did not see it.”

People have gone through the day blindsided by the occasion.

“I have gone through this day many of times not believing the things that were said to me,” Stevenson economics teacher Justin Newcomb said. “When this day comes around, I always have to watch my back. My family and friends have pranked each other by dressing up in horrific costumes and scaring each other, putting a dead snake in someone’s sleeping bag and taping the nozzle on the sink so the person gets sprayed in the face when they turn on the water.”

When it comes to playing tricks, many have crossed the line, so people tend to refrain from playing pranks or stick to ones that are not too harsh.

“I do not like to pull pranks on people because I know how it feels to get your hopes up over something,” Utica junior Taylor Vance said. “If I were to play a prank, I would make sure the intentions of it were reasonable and for it to not be taken too far. I would probably pull a prank like putting toothpaste in Oreos, so it is funny, but harmless.”

As kids get older, the day declines in appreciation.

“I do not find April Fool’s Day to be as relevant,” Utica senior Martina Simonaj said. “People are pretty sensitive nowadays and do not really find joy in silly jokes.”