Today's Wonder of the World is...Poisson d'Avril, or April Fish!
Back in my French life, my family LOVED April 1st on account of the fish!
Both the chocolate ones...
Flickr photo by mette langer
Yum! (Crack the really fancy ones open and you may find baby chocolate fish!)
And the paper ones!
Flickr photo by fannyb
See, while we're playing April Fools jokes on each other, filing fake news stories about flying penguins and spaghetti farms, kids all over France are making fish out of paper and taping them to the backs of unsuspecting friends and family!
When the trickee discovers the fish on her back, the tricker yells out, "Poisson d'Avril!"
Even teachers should be wary!
Flickr photo by miniasm
You probably know that the whole April Fools thing started back in 1564, when the king of France, Charles IX, decided to change the first day of the calendar year from April 1st to January 1st. Those stubborn sticks in the mud who refused to change or simply forgot were called April Fools and were treated to gag gifts and pranks.
Like this puffer fish on the back!
Flickr photo by hbsmithie
But where does the poisson part come in? Why April Fish?
It's a little unclear, but good ole Monsieur Wikipedia says the fish might have been chosen for any or all of the following reasons:
1. April 1 occurs after the sign of the zodiac changes from Pisces the fish to Aries the Ram. (This doesn't make sense to me. If that's the reason, why wouldn't they choose April Ram instead?Maybe a fish is easier to draw and cut out?)
2. April 1 occurs during Lent, when everyone ate fish instead of meat.
(Would that really be considered funny?)
3. To confuse the simpleton, by giving him a fish on April 1, when fishing season hadn't even started yet! (Ha! That'll fix him! This is by far my favorite reason.)
Whatever the reason, it seems that even statues should watch their backs.
Flickr photo by Aldor
Or maybe I should say their backsides!
Happy April Fools Day, friends! And watch your back!
If this little girl were to watch the crazy commercial below, she might drop her fish and run for the hills!
I think it's hilarious, but I don't mind a little Three Stooges once in a while.
Have a wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!