Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy April Fool's Day!

First off, let me just say that my first graders aren't really aware of the whole April Fool's thing... and for that, I am GRATEFUL!

I learned in the first year of our marriage that my husband is the ultimate prankster and if I wanted to do anything for April Fool's, I had better watch my back :).

Did you know that in France, the tradition is to give each other fish shaped chocolate on April 1st? They don't call it "April Fool's", they call it "Fish of April". I'm not sure why.

In case you can't find any chocolate fish laying around, here's a lovely assortment of pranks from some talented Etsy sellers:

Happy Pranking!
(And don't forget to enter the Red Rabbit Studio giveaway, and the Elephant's Trunk giveaway. They end tomorrow - and that's no joke!)


  1. Chocolate sounds much better to me. :)

  2. I like the chocolate fish thing...chocolate anytime is wonderful!

    That spilled cup of coffee looks so real!!

  3. That is so crazy, although I am sure I have never seen a fish shaped chocolate! I will have to keep a look out! :)
    I love all these items, however if I saw that spilled hot coco in real life I think my first thought would be:: "Why do *I* have to always clean these things up?!?" lol.
    Happy April 1st friend!!

  4. Wow, cute prank crafts! I would never have known. The spilled coffee one looks so real!

  5. I love all of those! I teach French and high school to boot.. you can imagine what today was like: April fool's day, half day, friday... the perfect storm. :) Very fun though- had a great day!

  6. Those are all great! At my last job, they were all pranksters and my employee was getting one of the other guy's back. So he put his computer mouse in jello. It was pretty funny and classic.

  7. Sadly I am not a genius when it comes to the pranking. I do love hearing about a good jokester though.. did the husband do anything spectacular this time around?


  8. I have a bunch of vintage April Fools cards with people holding fish instead of flowers.

    There is an old theory for the fish!

    The most popular theory about the origin of April Fool’s Day involves the French calendar reform of the sixteenth century.

    The theory goes like this: In 1564 France reformed its calendar, moving the start of the year from the end of March to January 1. Those who failed to keep up with the change, who stubbornly clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the week that fell between March 25th and April 1st, had jokes played on them. Pranksters would surreptitiously stick paper fish to their backs. The victims of this prank were thus called Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish—which, to this day, remains the French term for April Fools—and so the tradition was born.

    Why fish? No idea.

    LOL My best prank was to roll up a tootsie roll and put it on the floor ( this was when we had cats)- then when my husband screamed I picked it up and took a bite out of it! hahahaha

  9. oh. that chewing gum clip! i love it. & that roach decal...hah...for my sister's bathroom. i know it's mean, but scaring the little sister is what a big sister is supposed to do.