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DOUG FORD: April Fools

Yesterday was April Fools’ Day, a day where practical jokers of all kinds had a field day, hopefully with harmless pranks inflicted on the unsuspecting.

I don’t know if the popularity of April Fools’ Day has faded with time, and I can’t recall any of the many jokes played on me in the past, but there have been a few.

There’s a lot of speculation as to the origin of April Fools’ Day, one being the day was tied to the vernal equinox or first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

That’s when weather patterns are beginning to change and become more unpredictable, and in a way “fool” them.

If that be the case, we’ve all been the butt of an April Fools’ joke, with all the whacky, topsy-turvy, upside down weather we’ve been having the past several months.

I’ve always thought the 1938 radio broadcast of a supposed Martian invasion orchestrated by Orson Welles, which took place Halloween Eve, instead belonged on April Fools’ Day.

There have been other pranks, particularly in the past 30 years, orchestrated by notable media, including Sports Illustrated, which in 1985 ran a fictitious article on a rookie pitcher with a fastball clocked at over 168 MPH, and the Burger King fast food chain, which in 1998 advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” with a resulting flood of requests for the sandwich from hungry southpaws.

Who knows what pranks were pulled on unsuspecting victims yesterday, and my hope is they weren’t mean-spirited. 

After all, you all know about payback.