For over 500 years, the first of April has been a day set aside for pranks and mirthful deception. The April Fool Archive documents the history and folklore of this custom. It catalogs the various pranks, hoaxes, tall tales, and mischievous deeds that have been perpetrated on this day, from the sixteenth century to the present day.
The archive is a work in progress. If you know of any examples that we've missed, let us know.
Advertising | Animals: Birds, Fictitious Creatures, Loch Ness Monster | Anti-April Fools Day | Art | Beauty and Grooming | Botany | Business: Banks, Employment, Fictitious Companies, Fictitious Products, Finance | Cartoons | Climate | Crime | Death | Energy and Fuel | Entertainment & Celebrities | Fashion | Fictitious Geography | Food and Drink | Government: Taxation History and Archaeology | International Relations | Literary: Poetry Measurements | Medical | Mistaken for April Fools | Music | National Landmarks | Politics | Poorly Received: Caused Panic Religion | Romance | Royalty | Science | Sex | Social Commentary | Space and Astronomy: Extraterrestrials Sports | Technology: Cars Computers Internet Technology Strange Inventions Time and Date | Traffic and Transportation | War and Military
Africa | Australia | Canada | Central Asia | China | Denmark | Eastern Europe | France | Germany | Greece | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Japan | Benelux | New Zealand | Norway | Poland | Russia | Scotland | Singapore | S. & Central America | Sweden | Switz. & Austria | Taiwan | Middle East | United Kingdom | United States