Happy April Fools’ Day, everyone! Apparently this is a “holiday” that most of the world happily celebrates.
Boese believes … that April Fools’ Day simply grew out of age-old European spring festivals of renewal, in which pranks and camouflaging one’s identity are common.
Joseph Boskin, Boston University professor emeritus of American humor, shared another theory:
In 1983, Boskin told an Associated Press reporter that the idea came from Roman jesters during the time of Constantine I in the third and fourth centuries A.D.
As the story goes, jesters successfully petitioned the ruler to allow one of their elected members to be king for a day.
So, on April first, Constantine handed over the reins of the Roman Empire for one day to King Kugel, his jester. Kugel decreed that the day forever would be a day of absurdity.
In Italy, the day is “celebrated” by perpetrating the pesce d’Aprile on unsuspecting victims, a tradition that
consists of a youngster surreptitiously attaching – with the help of tape or glue – a paper cutout of a pesciolino (small fish) to the rear shoulders of a school companion. Then everyone jokingly questions: L’hai visto?—Chi?—Il pesce d’Aprile! (or Have you seen?—Who?—the April Fool!) and makes derisive remarks about the victim.
Why not celebrate the holiday in a special way, one that doesn’t involve pranks or jokes?
Make some April fool for dessert tonight! It’s simple:
Crush up some fresh fruit–typically berries–sweeten them, and then layer them in a parfait dish with whipped cream. (See recipes at this link.) Make it “skinny” by using Stevia or Splenda, or no sweetener at all. Substitute non-dairy whipped topping or non-fat, non-dairy, “lite” whipped topping and it’s even “skinnier.” But look! Why worry? Science now tells us that saturated fats have little to no bad effect on heart disease, and dairy saturated fats are actually good for your heart, so enjoy whipped cream while you can, before they do another 180 in the latest example of unsettled “settled science.”
Back to the fool recipe: Kick it up a notch by layering granola and/or nuts with the fruit and cream. Sliced almonds are wonderful (and good for your heart). Make it even easier by using frozen fruit. Top it all with a maraschino cherry, and the family will be fooled into believing that you’re a gourmet cook.
Happy Day, Happy Spring, Everyone!