When and how April Fools Day was birthed is too murky to be dogmatic. It’s an occasion to pull pranks that reveal our gullibility to believe almost anything.
Clever admakers seize this day to poke fun and fuel their bottom line. Ikea is starting its own airline, naming it Flikea. Dating dynamo eHarmony, with tongue-in-cheek, promotes a new app that literally drags singles to each other with a magnet.
Silliness is honored by the annual Darwin Awards, heralding acts of utter stupidity that demonstrate reverse human evolution. It’s often presented posthumously.
We have a plethora of synonyms for the word fool. There’s cretin, moron, ignoramus, ditz, bozo, knuckle-dragger. But tempting as they are, the shepherd-boy-who-became-King opted for the less derogatory, yet sadly descriptive “fool.”
David wrote a psalm which begins, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
Do you know anyone who’s been April Fooled into actually believing that?