As history tells it, around 1426 in the Villa of LaLani Italy, there was a head nun, Sister Mary-Clarence, who decided to get back at Pope James of Toth VII because he fell asleep during the most important speech of her life. Sister Mary-Clarence wasn’t upset that he fell asleep, but was outraged at the raucous he caused when he let out a belch and the whole congregation laughed.
Sister Mary-Clarence finally found the opportunity to get back at Pope James for ruining her annual speech in front of her congregation four years later. Every year on April 1, the Pope also gives a speech. But in the year 1430, it would prove to be very memorable. As the Pope was talking, his cardinals behind him were snickering and trying to contain their laughter so much so that the Pope looked back to silence them. His constituents were too amused. Because of his strong curiosity, the Pope decided to end his speech early. Once his speech was done, his cardinals rushed him to his dressing room where they showed him in a large mirror that the back half of his wardrobe was missing, revealing his hairy legs.
Instead of being upset, the Pope was also very much amused. It was at this time that they looked in the doorway and noticed Sister Mary-Clarence. The Pope walked towards her and with a smirk said, “Well played, I hope you’ll be ready for next year.”
From that day forward, Pope James and Sister Mary-Clarence would prank each other on April 1. It became so popular within the church that everyone looked forward to that day. This tradition on April 1 that the church started eventually spread around the world to what we now know as April Fool’s Day.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this research we’ve conducted to bring you the history of April Fool’s Day, but if you believe any of this, YOU’VE BEEN PLAYED THE FOOL! None of what you’ve read above is true.
If you did believe any of it, don’t feel bad; just make sure you do your research. Imagine you have that one friend who has been so desperate to find work that he divulged personal information to so-called employers only to find out it was a fraud. Before you give out any personal information, make sure you do your research and don’t be gullible. We can’t stress enough the importance of finding out as much information about the company as you can. For example, there are fake employers out there who will ask you for highly sensitive personal information. You should never give up your bank account, copy of your birth certificate and/or social security card through email. Legitimate employers will ask you for these things in person and make copies of it right then and there.
So make sure you do your research so you don’t become the fool.
Richard Prather is a bi-lingual Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions. Richard combines 3 years of experience at Workforce Solutions with his Master’s degree, diverse experiences traveling abroad, and commitment to excellence in customer service to provide training to both customers and staff throughout the 13 counties of the Gulf Coast Region.