I’m starting off my A to Z challenge with the day itself. April 1 is also known as April Fool’s Day, a day that, especially in recent years, is about jokes that took more effort than they were worth and hoaxes. It’s not a holiday that I particularly like.
Obvious hoaxes are one thing, but there are enough that have just enough plausibility that people rightfully become suspicious of any surprising news on April 1, or the day before or the day after, since the internet is global and the date doesn’t change everywhere at the same time; it also doesn’t help that there are a lot of April Fool’s hoaxes that remain visible after the day is over without being clearly date-marked.
Hoaxes and parodies that require someone to know what day they originated on to recognize are a problem, because people will see them long after that date. And then there are people who use the day to try to pull of actual hoaxes that are intended to actually trick people, which shouldn’t be more acceptable on April 1st than on any other day of the year.
As for the other kinds of jokes, there have been instances where April Fool’s versions of websites would make the regular version inaccessible for the day, which doesn’t seem like a very smart decision to me.