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Thread poster: Arcoiris
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Apr 1, 2003

Sorry if you clicked here expecting any jokes. I meant to ask if anybody has a good one for today, but we are not allowed to use exclamation marks in the heading.

By the way, jokes on 1 April are common in English-speaking countries, but are they also known elsewhere? perhaps on a different date, for example in Mexico people play tricks on 28 December, Innocents Day.

Does anybody have a good one to share?

I leave you here with this link. Enjoy!

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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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poisson d 'avril Apr 1, 2003

As far as I remember, this habit dates back to \"one of the Louis\'\" (copyright Woody Allen in \"Small Time Crooks\") in France.

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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April 1 in Poland Apr 1, 2003

I know that April Fool jokes are played in Poland, because on one April 1 some time in the seventies, Polish Radio reported that A Polish space rocket had been launched from somewhere in a non-existent mountain range in East Poland. This was picked up by BBC Monitoring, where the News Bureau treated it as a serious news story, and later had to apologize for it.

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Lorenzo Lilli  Identity Verified
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In Italy... Apr 1, 2003

... April fool jokes are common too. I just got one, I\'m soooo naive

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Mónica Machado
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A nice lie is the best if you are in Portugal today Apr 1, 2003


In Portugal we always try to get a nice lie for ours friends. Something that is untrue but that people really believe in.

Then, tomorrow we just give them a call and say... well, sorry it was my \"1st April\'s lie!\"

We cal it \"dias das mentiras\". It really upsets people to have believed in something that wasn\'t so



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Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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Mark Twain on April Fool's day Apr 1, 2003

I really like this quote:

\"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. \"

- American humorist Mark Twain

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Klaus Dorn
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We have them too in Germany...but serious ones! Apr 1, 2003

Yes, we (at least used to) have them in Germany too, only that we Germans do everything with a purpose. My three favourites are:

a) spanning cling film over the male toilet basin

You can\'t see it - the effect is amazing!

b) superglue on the toilet seat

Happened in a German factory, the guy had to be taken to the hospital with the toilet seat glued to his backside. Not funny for the victim, but certainly for the spectators - yes, we know \"Schadenfreude\".

c) The-Russian-Embassy-Joke

The story goes, there was a guy, who took himself a bit too serious and self-important, so his friends wrote a letter to the Russian Embassy, asking for visa regulations, weeks before 1st April. Of course, a reply was sent and the friends were now in possession of Russian Embassy letterheaded paper. The letterhead was copied onto a blank page, underneath, in German they wrote:

\"We kindly request your presence at our annual cocktail party on 1st April, 20:00 at the Russian Embassy, address, etc.\"

On the other half of the page, they wrote in Russian: \"Gorbachev (he was the boss at the time) looks like a bird has dropped something on his head and he\'s a stupid ******.\" (of course followed by date, time and address again)...

This letter was sent to the friend, who, one week before 1st April, came into the bar were they usually met and proudly waved the letter: \"Guess what, I\'ve been invited to a cocktail party at the Russian Embassy...\"

On the evening of 1st April, our victim went to the Russian Embassy, showed the letter to the guards. They of course read the Russian text first and he was taken for two hours questioning into the compound....his friends awaited him outside the embassy...

Can you imagine?

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