April Fool’s day

I thought April Fool’s day was just a Brit thing, but apparently it is celebrated in other countries as well. I think there must have been a special pranking day gong right back to earliest times, but some ‘fool’s have become very sophisticated .. I shall be looking in the newspaper to see if there are any joke articles printed! Chaucer was the first person to mention it, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen before then, although there is some discussion and dispute about when the actual day was.

When I was teaching, the students were always trying to play tricks, but unfortunately they were never as good at it as the teachers’ were, I guess we had more practice! They would try to tell us our shoe laces were undone, or there was a spider in our hair or we had chalk on our face (in the days when we used blackboards and chalk rather than whiteboards and markers)

here are just a selection of the tricks we teachers played on the students:

  • sending one to the science department for a long weight, and they would be told they would get one in a little while and to stand just there … and of course they had a long wait! (It could also be a short stand!)
  • sending  one to the biology department for two yards of fallopian tube
  • sending one to the art department for striped or spotted paint,
  • sticking a coin to the floor in  a prominent place
  • sending one to the woodwork department for a new bubble for a spirit level (then the woodwork department sending the student  back with a bowl of water with two drops of linseed oil floating on top – which looked like bubbles

Teachers weren’t above playing tricks on each other

  • for the teacher who meticulously checked his mileage and recorded it to see what his miles per gallon were, someone topped up his petrol so he seemed to have done a phenomenal amount


  1. Isabel Lunn

    Yes, I remember them well, though it didn’t have to be April Fool’s Day for these tricks to be played. By the way, have you seen the April Fool in today’s Guardian?



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