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Pathetic April Fool

Posted by sphyrez on April 4, 2007

Direct quote from Wikipedia:

The origin of this custom has been very much disputed. Many theories have been suggested. What seems certain is that it is in some way or other a relic of those once universal festivities held at the vernal equinox, which, beginning on old New Year’s Day, the 25th of March, ended on the 2nd of April.

Chaucer’s story, the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, written c.1400, takes place “thritty dayes and two” from the beginning of March, that is, 1 April; it is Chanticleer and the Fox, a story of two fools. Though the 1st of April appears to have been anciently observed in Great Britain as a general festival, it was apparently not until the beginning of the 18th century that the making of April-fools was a common custom. In Scotland the custom was known as “hunting the gowk,” i.e. the cuckoo, and April-fools were “April-gowks,” the cuckoo being there, as it is in many countries, a term of contempt.

It has been suggested that Europe derived its April-fooling from the French. French and Dutch references from 1508 and 1539 respectively describe April Fools’ Day jokes and the custom of making them on the first of April. France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year’s Day (which was already celebrated by many), by decree of Charles IX. This was in 1564, even before the 1582 adoption of the Gregorian calendar (See Julian start of the year). Thus the New Year’s gifts and visits of felicitation which had been the feature of the 1st of April became associated with the first day of January, and those who disliked or did not hear about the change were fair game for those wits who amused themselves by sending mock presents and paying calls of pretended ceremony on the 1st of April. In France the person fooled is known as poisson d’avril. This has been explained as arising from the fact that in April the sun quits the zodiacal sign of the fish. The French traditionally celebrated this holiday by placing dead fish on the backs of friends. Today the fish has been replaced with paper cut-out.

The Dutch celebrate the 1st of April for other reasons. In 1572, the Netherlands were ruled by Spain’s King Philip II. Roaming the region were Dutch rebels who called themselves Geuzen, after the French “gueux”, meaning beggars. On 1 April 1572, the Geuzen seized the small coastal town of Den Briel. This event was also the start of the general civil rising against the Spanish in other cities in the Netherlands. The Duke of Alba, commander of the Spanish army could not prevent the uprising. Bril is the Dutch word for glasses, so on 1 April, 1572, “Alba lost his glasses”. Dutch people find this joke so hilarious they still commemorate the first of April.


Ok so you guys have it. The story behind the story. So April Fool(s) is actually no big deal. But to me, this year was kinda big. My company was working on some system migration on that day itself. We started out on 31st March till the next day, yeah, I stayed up all night long. I came in at around 3.30pm. We did testing and testing and testing….it all went well. 🙂

Well not as well that we all hoped for.

So 7.00am came and we still were doing testing. Me and my boss went to buy “kopi peng SUPER kau” aka “SUPER concentrated iced coffee” for the whole of my dept. Buahahaha!!!! As of a short breakfast, we continued with the work. I only had a nap of 1 hour.

During the morning hours, we started rolling out the software to the whole store’s counters. It was alright…till we started out testing at the counters. HECK!!!! Why are the items not popping out!?!?! Then the emergency broke out. The data migration stated having hiccups and the whole migration was a fallback. Sigh. SO we went for out backup plan and everything was normal again. Pretty cool for an April Fool(s) Day huh?

Finally we started to do some discussion for the next several days to come. We started debugging the whole process…we started we started…SIGH. In the end we decided to leave it for another day and started heading home. I clocked out at 3.30pm, well thats 24 hours for me.

That day, I came home took my shower and ate my dinner and went to sleep just before 9pm; woke up at 2am, played FM2007 for 2 hours, slept again and finally woke up at 11.30am. The rest of the day I just lingered around the house till I started work the following day which is 3rd April. Some of my other colleagues had this on MSN



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